Morning has broken………….

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 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
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
2 power lines in the distance look like ghostly apparitions in the early morning mist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghostly quiet

Ghostly quiet

 

Walking through 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

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, looking almost inviting

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
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

My cup runneth over…..this plant looks like a tiny cup, overflowing with bubbles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiny chandeliers, formed by the dew on a 'blackjack'

Tiny chandeliers, formed by the dew on a ‘blackjack’

Not quite drops of Jupiter.....early morning dew drops looking more like tiny transparent pearls
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

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

So tiny, so beautiful…..this little Malachite Kingfisher sits patiently waiting for its next meal

Malacite Kingfisher, keeping a sharp eye out for food

Malachite Kingfisher, keeping a sharp eye out for food

 

Catching the first rays of sunshine, Malachite Kingfisher sunning itself

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

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

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

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

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

Yellow Billed duck seemingly floating in mid air, the still waters creating perfect harmony

Common Moorhen, cruising around enjoying the greenery in the water

Common Moorhen, cruising around enjoying the greenery in the water

 

Squacco heron standing guard, waiting for its next meal

Squacco heron standing guard, waiting for its next meal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White throated swallow, coming in to land

White throated swallow, coming in to land

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Grebe, swanning about, ducking & diving whilst feeding

Little Grebe, swanning about, ducking & diving whilst feeding

This Tern had just caught something and was coming in to land an enjoy its breakfast

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

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

A bloom in the veld – looking like a full champagne glass

Veld grasses

Veld grasses

 

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