No Birds, Just Stars

by Tim Rogers November. 19, 2015 3052 views

The other day I was bumming around at Cape Woolamai as I tend to do on weekends. I'd gone down with a clear sky above and the hope of trying to photograph the Milky Way. It helps to check the weather better because it turned out it was a full moon. No stars would present themselves that night. What did present themselves as the sun went down was a few birds. A quarter million or so (I didn't count them but at some point someone actually did). Small black mutton birds flooded the sky as they flew in from fishing expeditions over the southern ocean. The sky went black as these little avians took over. They were more plentiful than raindrops in a storm. I was positioned poorly and really couldn't get a sharp shot of the thousands upon thousands of birds that nearly blocked the setting sun. Given the amazing visual in front of me and my lack of success I scanned the coast line and picked what I thought was the perfect place to get a shot. “Next time” I said.

And so it came to be a week later I stood on that particular mini peninsula jotting out from the coast. Sun setting in front of me, camera set, perfect weather and a nice fast shutter ready to go. I waited…and waited…and waited. Nothing! Not a single animal. I didn't know if it was a very short seasonal event now over or the birds were delayed and somewhere over the ocean a quarter million birds were going to navigate home in the dark. All I knew was the sky was empty and my camera had captured no example of nature in it's majesty.

As I drove home disappointed, I noticed a patch of sky that was free of cloud but ripe with the Milky Way. I found and clearing and away I went. The very thing I was looking for when I found the birds was the thing I found when I went looking for the birds.

The lesson I got was this; If life was a person it would be that guy that always says “nope we're not doing it your way, we're doing it my way.” Except he won't be a dick about it and he'll always prove to me right in the end.

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Kasia Urynowicz 3 years, 11 months ago

no coments absolutely amazing

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Glo B 3 years, 11 months ago

you are a great narrator :) loving that first shot....

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jorge Moro 3 years, 11 months ago

Real beauties here.

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 3 years, 11 months ago

WOWZERZ!!!! ROCK ON!!!

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Sara G 3 years, 11 months ago

Wow, spectacular image in the first one.

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Kara Bana 3 years, 11 months ago

I missed this as FP - the first one? Very spiral starry swirly. Congrats.

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Fatfatcats 3 years, 11 months ago

Awesome !!

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Lukesmom 3 years, 11 months ago

Wow! What a great story and photos to go with! Very deserving of FP!

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Gonia 3 years, 11 months ago

very, very pretty done! congrats!

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Mooreeffoc 3 years, 11 months ago

Fantastic. Congrats on FP!

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 3 years, 11 months ago

Oh quite a tory but a great result congrats on your FP

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Chris Cann 3 years, 11 months ago

#1 is outstanding (#2's not that bad either). I have tried many times to get that kind of shot but have failed miserably, I have a long way to go looking at yours. A deserved congrats on F.P.

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Bill Baird 3 years, 11 months ago

Nice ! Congrats on the FP !

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 3 years, 11 months ago

Just gorgeous.

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Larry Sample 3 years, 11 months ago

Fabulous!

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
John Parsons 3 years, 11 months ago

Great shots - worth all your efforts!

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
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