SHOOTING BIRDS – Sydney Olympic Park

I don't have a fancy camera with a long lens, but I managed to capture the shape of this black-winged stilt.

I don’t have a fancy camera with a long lens, so it’s a bit grainy at this distance. I do like the shape of this black-winged stilt, though.



Of course I don’t shoot birds with guns. In my opinion ‘sporting shooter’ is an oxymoron. It may not be easy to pick a flying duck out of the sky, but it only becomes sporting if the duck is also armed with a double-barrelled shotgun and taking aim at the guy hiding in the reeds by the water’s edge.

A fine, cool public holiday was an excellent day for a bike ride, on one of my regular routes out to Homebush Bay, site of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The bike path leads around the wetlands, with a birdwatching hut.

Pelicans and chestnut teals spread their wings.

Pelicans and chestnut teals spread their wings.

Civilization is not far away, but the birds don't seem to know that.

Civilization is not far away, but the birds don’t seem to know that.

Australian pelicans are common in the park,  though they always impress me.

Australian pelicans are common in the park, though they always impress me.

Curlew Sandpipers migrate here in the summer.

Curlew Sandpipers migrate here in the summer.

The ducks are taking off.

The ducks are taking off, but the pelican is cool.

An egret in the shallows.

An egret in the shallows.

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5 responses to “SHOOTING BIRDS – Sydney Olympic Park

  1. Some excellent photos, Richard. I especially like the one of the black-winged stilt.

  2. The reflection in the water in the last one is such a perfect mirror image. Well-captured!

  3. Love the angle of the lead shot, Richard.

  4. These are great images! I really love the first one. My eye is drawn to his pointy beak. And the American Pelicans! WOW. They don’t look like that here. The ones I see are brown. :-) Very pretty. I plan on going to Galveston in November/December. Lots of birds winter there and I heard it is a great photo-op. :-)

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