Monday was to have been a photo day; I took the day off and with the weekend’s graduation activites done with, and the weather improving, the goal was to grab the camera and spend the entire day, from sunrise to sunset, in the field making photos.
Sadly, I wimped out. It was just too damn cold outside. Although the sun was shining, the wind was cold, and of course I had packed all my winter things away a couple of weeks back. So my day long outing turned into just a long morning. Not quite the plan, but enjoyable nonetheless.
I was out of bed at 0430 and on-site with my friend and fellow photographer Paul just before sunrise. As soon as the light was strong enough, the birds were out and I was chasing them:
Three new species in one morning is very good, at least by my standards. The Grackle and Yellow Warbler are both residents of the region and probably not all that uncommon in general, although the Sandpiper is a much less common visitor (or so my bird book tells me). Unfortunately, the Sandpiper photo isn’t the best – it comes across pretty well here online, but at full size it’s got a lot of noise, the result of ISO 6400, which was necessary to capture the scene. But still, a noisy photo is better than no photo at all.
The Tree Sparrows quit flying just after sunrise and retired to a dead tree across the pond. I was able to get close enough for a group shot, which I actually like better than the single shot. With all the sparrows in a group, it’s easy to imagine their conversations. They’re spunky little birds, and I always enjoy shooting them.
I’ve got no great insight to share this time – just some fun photos (I’ll share more in Part II).