Freedom of the skies
Sitting quietly on a shorebird roosting beach watching a great flock swirling above before joining you is the difference between living and existence.
It certainly is to me.
Sometimes, I am so engrossed in the majesty of the aerial ballet and the skill with which the tightly packed birds avoid collision, yet land so gracefully, I forget to raise the camera.
And as the ever-watchful raptors glide closer, the roosting birds will repeat the same cycle: brief rest, an audible buzzing nervousness, heads turned to the best escape route and a sudden mass departure.
Going up, staying there or coming down, there can be few more wonderful sights than birds in flight.
Tony Neilson – conservation photographer
Angel-like back-lit rainbow bee-eater-flight -©Tony Neilson
Highly coloured breeding godwit about to land – ©Tony Neilson
The bar-tailed godwit is one of the world’s most travelled birds – ©Tony Neilson
Black-breasted buzzard soars above Australia’s ‘red centre’ – ©Tony Neilson
Abstracted image of black-tailed godwits in flight – ©Tony Neilson
The slow-moving stork seemed an easy target – ©Tony Neilson
Huge flock of wading birds – ©Tony Neilson
Critically endangered eastern curlews, Broome
The elegant and beautifully marked red-necked avocet -©Tony Neilson
Where have all the red knots gone? Maybe they are ‘hiding’ in North Korea? Photo: ©Tony Neilson
Australian pelicans in formation-©Tony Neilson
The osprey’s talons are perfectly adapted to catch its only prey – fish. ©Tony Neilson
Bar-tailed godwits take flight, Miranda Wetland shell banks, New Zealand. Photo: ©Tony Neilson
Flock of sharp-tailed sandpipers, Roebuck Bay – ©Tony Neilson
Sooty-tern under marbled sky, Michaelmas Cay