08 Mar Bird Photography | March 2017
This photo demonstrates that there is more to bird photography than owning a camera.
Because birds are wild creatures. So none of them wake up planning to pose on an exposed branch with a nice background.
Thus much depends upon luck. And luck depends upon paying attention. And paying attention is useful only if we act on opportunities when we find them.
For example, I went out recently to take photos of hummingbirds. But on the way to a large Aloe in bloom, I noticed birds were moving about in a tree near a small stream.
So I stopped there. Then I spent over an hour taking almost 500 photos of different birds as they hopped from branch to branch.
Suddenly, briefly, this Townsend’s Warbler landed on a branch at the edge of the tree.
And fortunately I was able to act quickly enough to take this photo.
Notice that none of these steps have anything to do with the make or model of a camera.
In fact, this photo found me.
And that’s how luck works: Sometimes the best parts of life find you.
All you have to do is show up.
PS: See a photo of a hummingbird in the Aloe (which was what I wanted to find) in: Grateful for Gifts
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Help Birds Tip
Go for a walk. Or sit in your yard. And invite someone to join you.
Because spending time outside leads to better health, greater happiness, and deeper serenity.
And then, maybe more people will appreciate the importance of taking care of Nature, which will help birds.
Want to know more about birds at risk? See my article: Endangered Birds
Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.
Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.
Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation