Yesterday, Melbourne had the equivalent of the whole month of December’s rain………..all in one day. I woke in the early hours of Wednesday morning to the heavy patter of rain drops on a plastic bag I’d left on my apartment balcony and the sound didn’t seem to let up all day.
The rain was far too heavy to go out and rearrange the plastic bag (full of pots I’d emptied over recent weeks).
It was almost like mid-winter.
Today was not much better and there was flash flooding in Melbourne city and the inner suburbs.
Roads and lane ways were virtual little streams and I’m sure most shoppers and office workers would have done better to take shoes and socks off to walk across the flooded roads.
On the TV news tonight, rivers of water swept down long flights of stairs to the underground rail stations and I’m sure Christmas shoppers would have had a rather soggy trip home.
I’ve had a very busy week with family and health issues and trying to do a lot of organising of things I don’t normally have to deal with, so I didn’t get around to scanning my flower archives for some images to share. I thought we’d had enough on the subject of birds on my Nature Blog, but when I sat down mid-afternoon for a rest, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the most extraordinary sight.
It had been raining so heavily, the top of the balcony fence was literally covered in one long gigantic puddle.
Next thing……up flew a juvenile female Superb Fairy-wren and with a hop, skip and jump proceeded to dance along the fence rail like a small child in rubber boots jumping in puddles for the first time and skipping in sheer delight. Every 3rd or 4th step she would scoop up a drink with her beak, splash and kick up her feet to make a larger splash.
To say she was dancing would definitely be the best description.
Then the tiny Fairy-wren would turn, look around and ‘skip’ back along the fence.
Back and forth she went over and over, and of course, as is always the case with me, the cameras were put away as I was doing some Spring-cleaning and didn’t want to trip over camera gear on the floor.
The Canon DSLR and long telephoto lens case was the closest to where I was sitting, so I pulled the case to me and whipped out the long heavy lens (fortunately with the camera still set on Shutter Priority for bird photography) to try and capture some of the action (mostly unsuccessfully).
Still, I did manage to capture a few shots.
The Sony a6000 with its fast 11 fps (frames per second) on continuous shooting mode would have been far better.
Next minute a juvenile (?) male flew down behind her, looked left and right as though to check no one was looking, then briefly mounting the poor little female, had his way (ehrrr……unsuccessfully as far as I could see), jumped off and flew away.
It was so quick I nearly missed it.
The fluffy down-wrapped young female looked one way down the fence, then the other as though to say “that was fun, but it was so quick, I nearly missed it too 😀 ”
Then with another hop, skip, jump & splash, she flew off across the road.
Anyway, here’s the few shots I managed to get, with the fourth one being out of focus (except for the wet feathers), but I’m sure you can imagine the scene.
A few days ago, I was surprised to see the Fairy-wrens walking all over my net-covered blueberry bush, pecking here and there through the cotton threads, at what I assumed were young shoots, as I’m sure I ate all the ripe berries when I lifted the net and checked the bush each morning.
NOTE: Most of these images were made though dirty windows. Where the birds are sharper in focus, no doubt that would have been when the sliding door was open and I was able to photograph the birds direct, and where the images were less sharp, the photos would have been made through the glass window/door.
…..and I REALLY will get around to choosing some flower images, but you know what its like when Life gets Busy.
The Blog(s) suffer first.