As a person who likes photos, there is nothing more rewarding than getting excellent shots of the birds or creatures in the area. But not all birds are so photogenic like the birds above or below.....:)
I mean sure. Jays, Flickers and Woodpeckers don't mind posing. But there are others who WON'T stay still!
Over the next several months, big trips have been planned, but sometimes I don't have to go far to work on my birds. Probably the most daunting of tasks is getting decent shots of birds that hide in the grasses or reeds. However, it's not impossible......
Case in point, the Chestnut-collared Longspurs. Birders would tell me, "Good luck. You're lucky if you even catch a glimpse of them." In fact, this bird is notorious for sounding off first and then shooting straight out of the grass into the air and down before one can can say..."That's a...!" They're that fast. The trick is listening for their flight call. And I wanted pics of these birds. This particular trip wasn't for a life bird or even finding new birds for the year.......it was the photographer/OCD type in me that made me head over to Willcox. And I'm glad I did. The dizzying cloud flew around us 6 times. I stood absolutely still as they zipped by my head. Normally, it's one pass and VANISH! However, this time I could prep my camera and predict patterns.
|This is what most birders are lucky enough to see. By the time we get our binoculars on these birds, they are gone!|
I am a determined person. Sometimes, it's almost like there is a mental block telling me that I'll fail finding the birds. Thankfully there have been many teachers who have shared their experiences with me. Their wise words have allowed me to take on the most difficult birds. The secret? It's all about understanding their individual habits and habitats. And standing in those grasses this past weekend, I felt really proud of the moment. There is this feeling of satisfaction and happiness. Sometimes it takes many tries to get to that moment, but it makes that moment even sweeter when it happens. No one, but a birder, knows the amount of effort that goes into discovering those impossible and challenging birds.
And it's all quite beautiful. Once that mission was accomplished, I just relaxed and enjoyed the rest of the day.
|Harris's Hawk taken with my cell phone.|
As I was tracking a Great Horned Owl, I noticed several deer heads pop up around the grasses. We all continued on as if I were one of the herd. Magic. Later I sat on a bench in the middle of a canyon with Pat and almost fell asleep under the canopy of the trees. There was a lovely breeze that just whispered "siesta":)
|Chiricahua National Monument|
Today's post was centered around Willcox and the Chiricahua National Monument. Until next time....
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