Home sweet home…if you’re a Shag. These shags let out a primate like noise as they chatter amongst esch other high above the path that winds its way around the base of Mount Maunganui. You can make out the nests in these trees quite easily. I am itching to get a zoom lens for my camera but good things take time as they say! This spot is so beautiful. Below them you can see the volcanic rock jutting out from the ocean which feeds these birds and the many others that call the Mount home. Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

I am trying to reignite my blog…I’ve had too many gaps and not enough time so I am going to try and set up some posts in advance and then ‘auto’ post them. In theory it will give me time to come and admire yours and keep my own posting regular! Check back here tomorrow for more sea themed shots…this really is a beautiful place!

A break in the tree line at Yatton Park allows a good view of the Waipuna Salt Marshes and there is a walking track that takes people from Fraser St Reserve to Yatton Park along the marsh line. We did the walk the other day as a family and I was quite suprised to find that the walk from the main road to the marshes is only 15-20 minutes. I did it by myself when I first got my camera and it took nearly an hour because I stopped and photographed every second plant and interesting shaddow I saw! This time however I was being rushed    hurried encouraged  by the rest of the familyto keep walking so I had to keep my camera in its bag for the most part!

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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009I did sneak in a couple of view shots and one or two of the marsh grasses. I didn’t do this part of the track when I walked it by myself but now I can see I will have to go back again once the kids are back at school!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

I am working on a series of black and white photographs that will include a different compostion of this photo. It looks amazing in black and white! Quite mysterious. I am not sure what to do with my series yet, I may submit them for the end of term exhibtion at ‘The learning Connexion” the art school I am studying towards my diploma with or I may add them to my collection on my creative photography blog “nest eggs” or maybe do both! Either way I will keep you posted:)

From these photos I would say that city dwelling spiders enjoy the same accomodation as their country counsins:)

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This one however has to be the SKY TOWERof spider world! Now I know where the archictects got their inspiration from!

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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008 

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

Strangely enough for all the nests I didn’t actually see a single spider!

So much for the number 13 being bad luck! I’m a huge bird fan and  I feel truley priveleged to have gotten this photo. I would have been very happy just to have gotten photo’s of the nest, so the birds are like striking gold!

I’m still learning to use my new Nikon D40x which means I am still prone to making basic mistakes. It’sfrustrating in some ways (ok, many) and I could have spent much longer at the nest attempting to get perfect photos. However the birds themselves are more important to me and I decided to respect there space and back off. Mother bird flew away when I came by and I didn’t want to be responsible for her not coming back!

The only other time that I can recall seeing baby birds as young as these was when I was a kid and I found a nest that had fallen from a tree, the almost featherless still birds inside. I’d just gotten off the school bus so took off my sweatshirt to wrap up the birds and then took the whole lot home in my lunch box! Guess it was a sign of things to come!

INTERNATIONAL BLOG ACTION DAY…I just read this great post about not letting the burst of enthusiasm you may have felt on blog action day fade away. The writer says that ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’ and encourages readers to commit to doing something about poverty. Don’t let the dust settle around you! Remember…Acknowledge it and then take ACTION!