Some days are better than others are for photographers who choose to focus on wild birds. Some days I can’t get a decent bird photograph no matter how hard I try. The birds are there but are too busy to bother with me, or off somewhere hunting for a new feeding ground, or marsh. Or they don’t like the weather, the sun is not shining or they insist on staying in a shadow. Whatever, they are simply not cooperating.
And then, a day comes along when it seems like all the birds want to be photographed and they gather around presenting their best sides. Saturday March 28th 2009 was one of those days. I thought you might like to see what I acquired — in just over two hours.
For about 45 minutes I perched on my Walkstool in a sun warmed half-meditative state holding my camera in my lap watching nothing at all of interest when suddenly this magnificent bird loomed itself in from my right, so close that I could hardly keep it framed in my viewfinder as I scrambled to get the shot!
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Then, silhouetted by the morning sun, this Western Grebe sailed by, head high and stately. Aloof, as always. Or maybe just focused on filling its empty stomach. Graceful in the silence, another shot to keep.
Now I am tempted to look into the preview window on the back of my camera, to see if the composition was right, if the lighting was good, or just to fully enjoy the beauty of the last two shots.
But I don’t, I don’t because I know that the Photo God will send me another great image while my attention is away from where it should be, and I will say bad words at myself for missing it.
Then I notice this big-footed dorky looking Snowy Egret hopping from rock to rock, peering in the cracks. Not much here, I thought, but I took the shot anyway. Just “for the record” I say to myself – in a digital world ‘film’ costs nothing.
Now who would think that this unimpressive big-footed bird could suddenly transform into a graceful white-winged wonder and lift off into the sky.But it did just that, and flew right past me as if to say, “Look at me now!”
Wow! By now, I am fully attuned to what I came to do, take photos of birds. No more dreamy half meditation in the warming air for me. I’ll save that for my recliner, later.
Finally, after a time, I was abundantly rewarded when these two Canada Geese honked their way into this ‘calendar shot.’ “Take us, take us, take us, too!”
So I picked up my camera and stool and trudged to my car, eager to get home and upload these to my computer where I could crop them as needed and print them.