Sometimes a photographer’s life is for the birds!

I am not a bird photographer. I am mostly a sea and landscape photographer – mostly. But those darn birds! They just keep getting in the way of things and what is a photographer to do? Take for instance this young Great Blue Heron refusing to stop stalking his fish no matter how close I sat beside him.

Then there were those bathtub toy-duck sounding squeakers – the pretty little Harlequin Ducks…

But it was the Red-wing Blackbird singing in the rain that really distracted me from the sound of the surf…

The clouds were waddling their heavy bellies slowly across the sky as the first drops fell. This red-wing blackbird just kept singing as I moved closer to capture his silhouette against the rain-laden clouds.

Those darn birds! 😉


SPROUT: What pleasant distractions have you found in your creative adventures of late?


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6 thoughts on “Sometimes a photographer’s life is for the birds!

  1. Wow, you got CLOSE! I’m surprised the birds didn’t take flight.

    SPROUT: What pleasant distractions have you found in your creative adventures of late?

    I’m working from home today and items in the kitchen cupboards and refrigerator keep trying to lure me in for just a wee taste…

    • Oh that does sound like a pleasant distraction Laurie. Just for transparency, part of the closeness is due to using my new 70 – 200 lens. But I still had to be within less than 15 feet to get these shots. That is pretty close for all these wild birds to tolerate this grinning fool who keeps shoving this large clicking thing in front of her face.

  2. Love the clarity of the shot on the Red-wing blackbird Terrill.

    The most pleasant distraction of my day so far has been and continues to be showing up at the top of the hour for live stream gazing with braco. . . .oh for the love of it all!! He’s gazing outdoors today in the arid Tucson desert where the wild life is excitedlyedly welcoming! http://www.braco-tv if you wana have a look either today or tomorrow.

  3. That is very close to the Heron. We have them here also. They are frequent fishermen. The red winged black birds are a treat. Right now I have a Kingfisher that has returned to my pond. We have a “chat” every morning. He doesn’t like me invading his turf. Happy Spring, Terrill Terah

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