30 Aug How to Find an Elegant Trogon
First, if you want to find an Elegant Trogon, you’ll have to go where they live.
In the United States, one such location is Madera Canyon (southeast Arizona).
Then, there are two approaches.
For example, the first one (which everybody recommends) is: Wake before sunrise, drive up the canyon to the end of the road, hike about a half mile up the mountain on the Carrie Nation Trail to the bench, then look to the right at a large Cottonwood Tree.
I tried this four times. And I was able to find the bird once, resulting in the above photo. Even though it’s a bad photo, at least you can see enough field marks to tell that I really did find the bird.
Pause for a brief celebration.
Now, the second approach is different.
In this case, you let the bird find you.
I was staying at the Chuparosa Bed & Breakfast in August 2015. While on their patio, I heard the distinctive call of an Elegant Trogon, looked up, and saw the bird.
It was so close I was unable to fit the entire bird in the frame.
So the above photo is sort of a portrait view.
And there’s a point here.
In photography, we talk about “Taking” a photo.
While that may be true in a studio, it’s different with wildlife.
Actually, some of your best photos find you. In that case, you receive the photo. So each special photo is a gift.
And that’s why when I receive a photo like this one, I pause to say, “Thank you.”
PS: I added this photo to Birds Up Close
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Join an Audubon Chapter
Why #1: Audubon works to protect birds.
Why #2: You will support their work, learn more about birds, and meet extraordinary people.
How: Start with this page on the Audubon Web Site. Then enter your state, find a local chapter, and sign up.
For info, dues are about $30 for most chapters. And if you join more than one, dues can be as low as $20 for each additional chapter.
Right now I’m a member of four Audubon chapters.
If you visit Madera Canyon in Arizona, consider the Chuparosa Bed & Breakfast. The hosts are gracious, the rooms are comfortable, and their patio has wonderful photo opportunities.
Before you leave, check the Tucson Audubon web site. This chapter has published an outstanding book: Finding birds in Southeast Arizona. It appears in the bottom left corner on their we site.