Hennie van Heerden's Wildlife Diary

September 9, 2010

On Golden Pond

Filed under: September — Hennie van Heerden @ 11:39 am

I drove past a little river where men were busy cleaning the water of reeds and grass. Huge tractors drove on and off, bringing the reeds to a special depot there. The depot was a thing, devided in 4 compartments, open on one side and built out of concrete. It had rained heavily for days already and the floors of the empty compartments were covered with an inch or so of rainwater.
The little juvenile white wagtails were having a ball there, fishing little worms out of the shallow water. That in itself was really nice to watch, but what made it special was that the walls of worn concrete and the soil on top, reflected in all kinds of shades of gold, bronze and silver, turning the water into liquid metal.
I spent an hour there (much to the amazement of the working men, who probably asked themselves why on earth one would want to photograph a concrete reed depot for an hour as I’m quite sure they couldn’t see the wagtails from where they were).

Still a difficult shot as the little birdies are running around like quicksilver! Just when I had the focus set, off they went again.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


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