I made a third visit to Nurragingy Reserve at Doonside with the principal goal of getting more photos of the pair of Azure Kingfishers that I had observed on my previous visit.
When I arrived at the Reserve, around 8:30 am, there was a nice atmosphere – the sun was shinning through some mist that often carpets the Western Suburbs at dawn. The energy of the sun was slowly dispersing the mist. It was certainly nice to watch.
I could not spot the Kingfishers at first so wandered around photographing some of the other birds.
I spent some time watching one of the Egrets catching fish.
Returning to the pool where I had seen the Kingfishers on the previous visit, I soon spotted one and then waited quietly to watch. It seemed to be hunting for fish – and moving to different perches along the pool – like last time.
After getting a few photos, I moved to quiet spot near a perch that was often used, and waited. My patience was rewarded, not only by the Kingfisher returning to that perch, but also the second one. Nice!
I spent a fair bit of time in that spot and was able to obtain some better photos than last time. The light was still low – so it was challenging to get action shots of the birds diving and returning with fish.
I also found a few other birds in the Reserve –
It had been a great day out enjoying Nature in the suburbs.