Marievale Bird Sanctuary has always provided great bird photography results, especially water birds; even when the weather has been cold or rainy. Getting there early in the morning is paramount, as that’s when the best opportunities are found.
- The subdued hues of a misty morning made for a very soft, gentle image
- The golden sun through the mist gave the water a molten gold look
- 2 power lines in the distance look like ghostly apparitions in the early morning mist
- Walking through the early morning mist
Most of the roads at Marievale were totally flooded, however that did not deter us
There had been a fair amount of rain in the days before the weekend so we decided to catch the first early morning rays & see what Marievale would present in the way of mist on the water. We were not disappointed. The tiny drops of water hanging onto spider webs and petals alike, looking like minute transparent pearls.
Beautiful prison décor – a spider’s web, covered in dew drops, looks almost inviting
- Come into my parlour….looks beautiful, but a secure trap for unsuspecting flies and bugs
My cup runneth over…..this plant looks like a tiny cup, overflowing with bubbles
Tiny chandeliers, formed by the dew on a ‘blackjack’
- Not quite drops of Jupiter…..early morning dew drops looking more like tiny transparent pearls
Clinging to the spiders web the dew drops soon evaporated once the heat of the sun found them
The many different birds at Marievale were up and about, busying themselves with fishing, preening or just sunning. The resident Pied and Malachite kingfishers made their appearance more than once, giving us great opportunities for photos. Despite the early morning mist, once the sun had risen & burned the mist away, it turned out to be a fabulous day, with soft gentle lighting, perfect conditions for some great results.
So tiny, so beautiful…..this little Malachite Kingfisher sits patiently waiting for its next meal
Malachite Kingfisher, keeping a sharp eye out for food
Catching the first rays of sunshine, Malachite Kingfisher sunning itself
Pied Kingfisher, alert, waiting and ready to fly off as soon as a meal comes close
The various water birds, coupled with the clear conditions made for some great reflections in the water.
Mirror mirror on the water….. Cape Wagtail dipping in for a sip of the fresh, icy water
Yellow billed duck, floating gently along the waterway
Should I….shouldn’t I…..This African Rail looks as if its contemplating going in for a dip or not
Yellow Billed duck seemingly floating in mid air, the still waters creating perfect harmony
Common Moorhen, cruising around enjoying the greenery in the water
Squacco heron standing guard, waiting for its next meal
White throated swallow, coming in to land
Little Grebe, swanning about, ducking & diving whilst feeding
This Tern had just caught something and was coming in to land an enjoy its breakfast
Black crake, looking as if its doing a trapeze walk along the twig
Besides the birdlife, the flora at Marievale, in the right light and at the right time, provide many good photographic opportunities.
A bloom in the veld – looking like a full champagne glass