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Thursday, 19 January 2012

Grass Waves and Bitterns


It was a very rainy day the last time I went up to stay at Miranda on the Firth of Thames, so I left later in the afternoon, when the sky was starting to clear. There were some lovely cloud formations over the Waikato dairy farmlands:



... but from the road looking east over the stilt ponds, it appears there is still rain falling over the Coromandel Range:



Somewhere in this picture below there is a mother bittern and her two or three chicks.


Can you see them? No, nor could we. But I just caught the movement of something bittern-coloured, so I know they were there!



We stood there for some time but to no avail. The view up the coast towards Kaiaua (K-eye-ah-wah) was soft and gentle:



I was most fascinated by the light effects on the 'waves' in the grass.
(Clicking on the images will show them up much better.)



Oh, and they have a new hide at Miranda now. Much bigger than the old one, which you can see on the far left.


3 comments:

  1. Grass waves have always fascinated me to - the rush along so full of their own importance...

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  2. Miranda was (is!) magical and I love big skies. It is one of the beautiful things about living in New Zealand (and the Outer Hebrides). My favourite of your pictures, though, is the grass 'waves'.

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  3. GB, J; The waves are wonderful aren't they!? They were actually 'frozen' static, Jinksy, which made them even more remarkable, almost uncanny.

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