Saturday, 30 January 2010
Friday, 29 January 2010
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Unfortunately the wrybills proved elusive. They are calm little birds, almost tame, and despite all Adrian's efforts to 'twinkle' them in the right place, they simply parted to allow him to move among them, then filled in again behind him! They would not be herded!
So, Plan C. Moving very gently, and with great skill, Adrian began to work just on the SIPO. They did herd. He didn't want them to take off, or all his time would have been wasted and they might have ended up at the end of the shell bank again. Slowly, slowly he pushed them towards the net area until there were plenty in the right place. For a long while we waited. Nothing seemed to be happening, but then someone who was on the other end of the radio said that Adrian was waiting while a couple of SIPO moved themselves a bit, as they were too close to the actual cannons.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Last Monday the high tide at Miranda was due about 10.30 am. So in order to lay the net down on the shell bank and be off long before the birds came up to roost, I had to become upright at a time usually reserved only for quick nips to the bathroom, i.e. 5 am.
It wasn't easy, especially in view of Estella's excellent cognac and even more excellent conversation with Keith Woodley
the evening before early that same morning.
But somehow I, the ten participants of the course, and about the same number of old hands, plus the tutors, had breakfasted and were up to our calves in water by 6.15am, carrying a quantity of essential paraphernalia. The hills were obscured by a light haze of rain as Adrian Reigen, Keith and Steve walked the shell bank, deciding on the best place to site the nets. Cannon netting is a fine art and things don't always go to plan. Wind strength and direction are the main factors to take into account.
Then it became just a matter of retiring to a more distant spot with the wires, and literally keeping a low profile and waiting. And waiting. It got pretty cold and the drizzle didn't help much.
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
I've just come back from another stay at the wonderful Miranda Shorebird Centre where I was researching and gathering photographic material for my next show.
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
It is with much pleasure I announce that a great honour has been bestowed on this blog.
Monday, 11 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Saturday, 9 January 2010
Then they are paired with their mounts. Good care is taken to ensure the right horse for the level of experience of the rider.
The girls already look as though they were raised in the saddle.