A morning at Herdsman Lake

July 02, 2014  •  2 Comments

 

Its not a terribly exotic location and you probably wont find any rare or unique bird species, but Herdsman Lake is one of the best places in Perth to get up close and personal with a few fine feathered (mostly waterbird) friends.  As bird photographers, we tend to get carried away needing to find new birds to photograph, and in the process overlook the ones standing right in front of us munching on the grass.

 

I was at the lake for a little over an hour, mostly lying on my stomach to get a low angle or balancing my lens on my knee (not the best policy but helps if you are a bit lazy like me and detest tripods!). I went to the general area where I could see the birds gathering and then waited for them to come to me.  Here's what I came back with. 

 

On the right: Australian Wood Duck (500mm, ISO 400, f7.1, 1/1000)

 

 

 

 

Eastern Great Egret, Ardea modesta (Herdsman Lake, Perth WA)Eastern Great Egret, Ardea modesta (Herdsman Lake, Perth WA)ISO 640, f7.1, 1/640 sec Knee balance

 

Eastern Reef Egret (500mm, ISO 640, f7.1, 1/640) 

 

Purple Swamphen, Porphyrio porphyrio (Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA)Purple Swamphen, Porphyrio porphyrio (Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA)

 

 

 

Purple Swamphen (500mm, ISO 640, f6.3, 1/2000)

 

 

 

 

Willie Wagtail, Rhipidura leucophrys (Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA)Willie Wagtail, Rhipidura leucophrys (Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA)

 

 

 

 

 

            

 

  Willie Wagtail (500mm, ISO 640, f6.3, 1/2000)

 

 

 

 

Pacific Black Duck, Anas superciliosa (Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA)Pacific Black Duck, Anas superciliosa (Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA)

 

 

 

 

 

Pacific Black Duck (500mm, ISO1250, f6.3, 1/500)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Comments

Bruce(non-registered)
Heh, I love that little Willie Wagtail. So proud and yet so small. Great photos my the way!
Valerie(non-registered)
Wow! The Purple Swamphen is gorgeous! Look at those colors. Such cool photos. Great job!
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A big thank you to Kingsley Klau , of PhotoCoffee for this photo of me with my beloved camera (and dog in background).

 

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