Saturday, February 27, 2010

My Lifer, a Crake, a Duck and a Snipe at Byram

It has been 2 months that I last visited Byram. The weather this morning was not in the perfect condition, the sunlight was blocked behind a thick overcast created a dull and "moody" atmosphere. I was there this morning to look for the Chinese Egret that my birder friend sighted few days ago. Unfortunately, it was a no show for the Chinese Egret. My guessing it was a winter passage that was stopping over here the other day and now it is on the north-bound journey.
To my surprise, there were many Lesser Whistling-Duck. I estimated there were about 40 to 50. I had never see this species here before. Could it be another north-bound winter visitor ?
Canon 1D mk IV with EF 800 IS
Auto ISO Aperture Priority F8
One Shot AF


A pair of the Lesser Whistling-Duck perching together 
created a unique composition

White-Browed Crake (Photo Lifer)

It was quite difficult to photograph the Snipe as she likes to rest and take shelter  inside the dense grasses. This morning I was lucky to find a Common Snipe came out to the edge of the pond. She was looking for food.

The long bill made a perfect tool for its to pick up food from the ground.

Thanks for viewing.


Bob Bushell said...

They are wonderful, pictures of the water birds.

Tabib said...

Love that 'kissing' pic.

wondersf said...

The Crake in our country is a very shy bird. Needs lots of substance to catch them with lens. Congrat! The pixs thenselves - very nice too.

Hawkeyes a.k.a Kiah said...

Thanks for your compliment.