We took Joey Scouts and Cub Scouts out to the reserves at sunset yesterday.
It was beautiful.
There was so much light that I am sure proper photographers are looking at these shots and saying ‘over exposed’ and other such proper photographer type things….sorry.
Capturing the death of a day means extremes.
That last blinding light that reflected off of the silver water everywhere and made it scorch your eyes, creating a profile of each bird.
The birds and frogs were in their thousands….we even saw an Eastern Long Necked Turtle trotting over the path.
We saw Magpie Geese, Ibis, Superb Blue Wrens and the hilarious Shoveler duck and the always disapproving Black Swans, just to name a few. We were lucky enough to have a parent there with a bird book and wonderful knowledge of birds.
When the last light died as the sun dipped, the smoke haze from the burn offs created an orangey purple light that stained everything. It was breath taking and if it weren’t for the also very healthy population of mozzies, we would happily have stayed until complete nightfall.
I will put up the photos, in all their ineptness because it is all I have to show you of this wonderful hour spent on a boardwalk, drinking in the beauty.
Today it is literally dumping down rain so a complete turn around in weather but it has not dulled the beauty around us…..or perhaps I still have sunset sleep caught in my eye so can see it where others see plain water.
Post update as I wanted to ask permission first – If you would like to see some absolutely beautiful shots from Bool Lagoon (and many other places) of the birds in particular, do go take a look at Margaret Smith Photography.
There are amazing photographs of our whole region, including Bool, taken by Ockert le Roux Photography. The aerial photographs and footage are my favourites.