I find that quite amusing. You see, when out shooting wildlife photos, sometimes people are often impressed with my camera, particularly because it is always attached to humongous long lens and many people suffer big lens envy. When they do, without a trace of
modesty I tell them, "You know, in my expert hands I can make this baby function like a high end Brownie Box camera!" The joke being - on me - meaning a camera is no better than the person peering though the lens. Unfortunately for my equipment, I'm always the untrained rube making the decisions, seldom holding still enough, seldom taking atmospheric conditions into consideration. I refuse to weigh myself down with yet another piece of equipment, however desperately needed for stability (e.g., a tripod). Therefore I decided to go for the 'if-you-can't-improve-photographer-improve-the-equipment' ruse. Probably won't work, but it sure gives one cool new stuff to mess with.
Spoiler alert: I'm shifting back to this post's heading now, so send the kids out of the room.
With new camera in hand, I was out early-ish today, to the boondocks looking for something to photograph when I spotted a likely looking subject - a beautiful dark phase Swainson's Hawk, sitting in a Cottonwood tree.
The beautiful bird didn't do anything so while it sat, I faffed about my new
|Well Hello, pretty lady, what you doing out here all alone...?|
|Now we know the origin of the Imperial Russian Double-headed Eagle|
|And just like that he was gone.|
|He doesn't call... doesn't write...|
The Swainson's weren't the only birds I saw for the day. This poor fellow below seemed a bit lonely, and was clucking to himself, that the lady pheasants were too picky, and it wasn't his fault that his tail met with an unfortunate accident.
I'll bet his missing tail was as least as pretty as the rest of his impressive feathering.
The outback was rather wet from recent weather. This little Black-necked Stilt was found on Meiss Road where you'd never expect to see shorebirds, but when its many pastures are flooded I've seen a fair share on that area over the years, .
I actually spent more time photographing flowers with my new camera than birds.
|The California Poppies were delightfully photogenic today|
|Great year for Larkspur|
|Standing ovation for these lovely, intensely blue-ishy purply thingies|
|The Wally-Baskets are banging|
|Wild White Hyacinth|
|But-tuh melting over the valley|