... bird surveying!
I spent this morning helping Martin and Duncan with a survey on a block of land at Marlay Point on Lake Wellington. Thought I might run you through a couple of the hazards involved when bird surveying.
As nearly every birder knows, when there is an interesting bird to look at closely, or a positive ID to be made, etc, the subject will nearly always be backlit....
Not a problem thinks I, I'll turn 180 degrees and head into the grassland with the sun behind me ...
Oops, think I might just head back out on to the track for a bit and stick with the others!
Not really hazards, hey? Especially when you are out with great company on a nice morning seeing some great birds ... hovering Kestrels, diving Terns, startled Qail, inquisitive Cisticolas, etc.
It was Martin's tern, [sic], to bring morning tea, so we had coffee and apple scrolls down where there were piles of birds er, birds on piles ...
PS: In case you are wondering -
Great Egret and White-faced Heron.