When we moved to the southern pacific northwest, never did I imagine I would start photographing birds. Then, someone gave me a bird book, and I have been learning how to identify them. How did this happen? This just wasn’t me. Where we lived in the high desert of Southern California, there would be ravens, pigeons, sparrows, finches, and an occasional hawk. It was cool when the hawk would land on the tree. But it wasn’t often. Nothing super exciting to take pictures of. I did the hummingbirds and the house birds, but that was simply because there wasn’t anything else to shoot at. (with the camera)
Fast forward, moving where the Pacific Flyway is. I remember researching what it was. I didn’t know there was such a thing. I knew birds migrated. I remember as a kid in Montana, being outside and hearing the Canada Geese before you could see them high in the sky heading for the warmer climate!
Such great memories!
Now here we are, we love to do our Saturday drives on the Refuge and Sunday drives on the side roads. You never know what you will see.
Last week we were driving the side roads and there were hundreds of White Fronted Geese in the fields and canals. This week, no more geese. It’s interesting how one species leaves and another comes in.
White Fronted Geese
The last couple weeks the White Face Ibis started coming in, and this week by the hundreds. A very unique bird. They are colorful in the sunshine and have a crooked beak. They are pretty good formation flyers too!
White Faced Ibis
As you all know, I have a great love for the eagles and hawks. I think it’s just that they are so majestic. We are noticing less eagles and hawks this time of year. They are hopefully sitting on their nests! Every now and then they can be seen sitting on the power poles, or in the fields. Hubby will stop the truck if they are on the poles, and I will sneak out (like you can sneak up on an eagle) and then I will start photographing them, inching closer and closer. I can shoot the same bird 20-30 times, with the chance of getting close enough to get the detail on the beaks, talons, or feathers. And eventually they will take flight because of the annoying red-headed lady holding up something and pointing it at them. So I smile, thank the bird (honestly I do) and happily walk back to the truck.
But not every photo turns out. That’s just a part of learning. Yep, I have tried flight pictures and they aren’t pretty. I get half of something, or the whole thing is blurry. I am still trying to be more patient with the in flight birds.
All that said,I wanted to share with you, the get aways…. Yes they are blurry and I am not ashamed to share that with you! It happens to all of us! Some more than others I am sure.
Ducks are one of the flightiest birds I have seen. They must still be shell shocked from hunting season.
Blue Herons and White Egrets aren’t easy either. They can be so still, and as soon as you get up on them whoosh…. they’re gone!
Hawks are fun. They keep me on my toes.
At least the feet are in focus!
Hello Majestic Eagle
Good bye Majestic Eagle
Not quite sure what this was. I think it was an eagle. but its a nice foot and wing!
This is by far, the stuff that bad dreams are made of! Kind of eerie if you ask me!!!
While you are viewing these photos, you are wondering… WHY do I keep these blurry photos? Well, of course to share with all of you! I guess maybe someday I will go through the files and delete them. Or Not. What if I need that perfect get away blurry shot? Well, it could happen!
Enjoy your day! Go outside and enjoy spring! Shoot some pictures, try new things and don’t be afraid of the blurry ones! I’m not!