A drawing of an Osprey at North Fremantle. 275 x 350 mm. March 2017 Drawn with coloured pencils, Neocolor and Neopastel.
Perched at the pinnacle of North Mole lighthouse the Osprey surveys his space. His penetrating eyes register every movement. When he is ready he will swoop off the narrow ledge to patrol on the air currents. He will dive-bomb the blue swells for fish, splashing down on impact.
Pandion haliaetus is an alpha bird. Standing beneath this large fish hawk and peering upwards, I respectfully acknowledge my place in the pecking order.
One of my photographs which shows the Osprey at the top of the lighthouse.
“It’s raining in January!” a rufous night heron exclaims.
What an unusual event! Steady rain in Fremantle in January. And what is more, it is forecast again for tomorrow. What do the seabirds think of this? I will head down to the river to see.
Pondering the situation…
“Yes I can”
On the other side of the great leap
A good spot to contemplate rain (and food sources) at East Fremantle
Further up the river a pelican meditates.
Up close and personal with a juvenile rufous (otherwise known as ‘nankeen’) night heron.
A pied cormorant poses elegantly for me.
“Which is my best side, do you think?”
Sadly in the world of seabirds, fishing line is a curse. If only I could have cut this tangled line off the poor little leg.
I had a beautiful morning down at the port. For a while I forgot about the human world and relished the bird world; blessings bestowed by birds.
And now it’s time to fly…