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.






4 comments:

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.