Sunday, March 08, 2009

Here's A Fishy Character

Don't Can It, Just Wait For A Gannet

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


It was just one of those warm Melbourne afternoons and I decided to walk along the river at Southbank when I noticed this bird sitting in the sunlight. He was in no hurry at all. He just sat there, so I decided to drop anchor and watch him for a few minutes.

I thought I might be able to get in a fortuitous shot, because if the bird was hungry, he might launch himself across the river to pick up a fish that ventured unwisely close to the surface. But nope, he wasn’t hungry – or maybe he just wasn’t energetic enough.


As the moments ticked by, I noticed that each time he blinked, you could actually see a green sheen across the single eye that I could see in profile. He was a long way away from me, but if I’d moved closer I would have been at a different angle, merely looking at his back. So I stayed where I was, hoping to react quick enough to catch him.

This was just a lucky shot. You could say it happened in the blink of an eye.


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35 comments:

Hilary said...

He's a cool looking bird.. nothing seems to bother him. Great shots. :)

Nessa said...

He looks very relaxed.

skywind said...

Oh, a lonely bird. I want to fly higher and farther I want to fly higher. :)
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Maggie May said...

That was a lucky break for you. Every time I point a camera at any form of wild life....... off it goes!

Lovely shots.

Moannie said...

He does look kind of a grumpy, lonely old boy; the Mrs. has gone to chat with the girls, kids are more interested in playing than in learning, it is too hot, and some bloke with a camera is taking his picture...huge sigh...bugger off.

Sandy Kessler said...

This is really the best shot - zooming in- they have such a caricature look about them. Lehners in France any new blog site?

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

What kind of water fowl is he? Love that bit of green in your luck shot!

Anna said...

In the blink of an eye - you crack me up, David!

You got some nice shots of the bird, even if he didn't cooperate and move.

Pagan Sphinx said...

This made me chuckle! It really IS sitting. Just chillin' in Melbourne, enjoying the sun. Which is so much what I long to do. I'm so smitten with Melbourne since I've been visiting blogs!

Artist Unplugged said...

Nice photo of that bird, love his little webbed feet wrapped around there!

Breeze said...

Great shot! He was just waiting for the paparazzi to show up!

Janie said...

He seems perfectly happy to just sit there and be photographed. Blinking slowly so you could get the perfect shot...

Rhea said...

What a different looking bird! His feet look like duck feet...and his neck looks almost flamingo like. neat photos!

joan said...

I've never seen a bird quite like him. Cool shot David and I like your title for this post!

Pat - Arkansas said...

Looks like this gannet has a wee bit of its last dinner adhering to its beak, possibly why it didn't go "fishing" while you were there.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

What a neat looking bird! And lucky you to have gotten a picture of him/her.

TheWritersPorch said...

Now that guy is really a cool bird, widh I knew what he is!

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3 said...

You know, I've never noticed a bird sitting on his bum like that one before! What a cool dude.

Sylvia K said...

Really cool looking bird! And you did get some great shots!

Jenalyn said...

Hi David! Can you still remember me? Nice pictures and blog. Can you please comment on my 1st and 3rd blog? Thanks in advance. Take care. :D

Sujatha said...

He looks like he's posing for the artist. So patient!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Like me, this bird probably is the kind who "warms up" to the water slowly ...no, he just doesn't dive in willy-nilly. Gotta get the lay of the water ...kinda like me-- snooping around your blog before finally committing myself to follow, and heaven forbid, exposing myself by leaving a comment! :-)But I just couldn't help stopping by...have a soft spot for your adopted country and Aussies as years ago my hubbie and I visited, and he was offered a position in Melbourne. I'll never forgive him for turning the employer down as I had already purchased the draperies for a home in the western surburbs of the city! Ha! But several years later, I succeeded in dragging him to London ...where I was happily employed for some time. Cheers! I love your blog! You are an inspiration!

Moannie said...

You know, on reflection, I think he is a Cormarant.

Tammy said...

What an unusual looking bird.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

David, Thank you for stopping by, and for your kind words of encouragement! You are a prince among bloggers! Thank you! I will stay in touch! God bless!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Neat shot, David! Love the bird...

Sheila :-)

Eddie Bluelights said...

Hi David. Very slick photography, as ever. I think the bird is a cormorant, yes I've just looked it up. It is a voracious fish eater and dives to catch it's prey. It is a great under water swimmer. So you have been bird watching! I have been sheep watching! I have my phot of the Cod Almighty and will be doing the post soon. If you'd arrived earlier you might have seen the cormorant diving into the water. Super post. Eddie

Babooshka said...

This reminds me of the cormorants I wait for around the harbour. These are excellent I swear he's posing or is he waiting for his date?

Natalie said...

Great shot! I have been chasing birds around my back yard for weeks! They just HATE me and take off, blerk!

Muppet Soul said...

That is a funny looking bird.

At peace, yes, funny looking, yes.

Everybody's getting pictures of birds!

Even though I wasn't seeking it out - last two pic entries were heavy in bird-dom.

Saw your blog on my dashboard with a bird, and another one of my favs with a bird.

Hmm.

Indrani said...

I have never been very lucky with birds and I have never seen a Gannet before either. This one's stomach is full, I guess!

Gretchen said...

Awesome shots!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Have not seen one of these before, i like that last photo.
Thanks for the stop over on my blog.

Pouty Lips said...

I can see the green! Great shot, David. I'm not buying the 'luck' part of the story though ;)

Karen said...

Great shots. he's just enjoying the warmth and the scenery :-)