On one of my many beach stops (my Mum really is a patient person), while walking along the St Kilda Pier I spied a disturbance in the water that caught my eye. So, I swapped my 18-55mm standard zoom lens for my 55-250mm telephoto zoom lens (aka my "stalker lens") to get a closer look.
At first I couldnt seem to get a shot of its head above water and it swam a long distance before surfacing.... a bird watching lesson in patience I think!!! I tried again...
And finally... success!! It was a Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos), a common Australasian waterbird. It is a small short-billed cormorant usually black above and white below with a yellow bill and small crest, although a mostly black white-throated form predominates in New Zealand.
It was diving for these:
It wasn't too keen on giving me a nice front facing view even as it rested on a channel marker to dry off.
To my delight, I spied another water bird resting on a bollard nearby... again with it's back to me!
And this Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii ) was a little more compliant...
And turned its head
So I could get a clearer look to identify it.
So many bird watching opportunities down south have fueled my love of bird photography. I plan to seek out some bird habitats up here in QLD over the next year.
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