12 Apr Progress Report
Progress Report: Another Step Forward
Perhaps, you might call this progress.
I took the above photo of a White-throated Swift on March 5, 2011.
And yes, I know it’s a bad photo. Most of you will have to use your imagination to recognize the bird.
But it was the only photo that I had of this bird. So I kept it.
Then, six years later, on March 20, 2017, I saw this bird a second time while in Joshua Tree National Park.
And I took the photo shown below.
Now you can see the eye and feathers.
Admittedly, this photo could be better. But for now, it’s the best photo that I have. (I like the way the bird has its tail spread open.)
So that’s an example of progress in bird photography. Imagine, at this rate, it could be six years before I take another (and I hope better) photo of a White-throated Swift.
By the way, White-throated Swifts are difficult to photograph. They’re small (6.5-in or 16.5-cm long). And they’re considered one of the fastest flying birds.
They almost live in the air as they dart erratically about, catching insects. Oddly, they even mate while flying. But they do need to land before laying eggs.
That’s because birds are smart enough to know about gravity.
PS: Birds like the White-throated Swift need insects to survive. So use pesticides with great caution. Or better still: Avoid using pesticides. Here’s an article that tells why: Pest Control Chemicals
Help Birds Tip
This is worth repeating: Avoid Easter Grass
Please find an alternative to plastic Easter Grass. For example, use crumpled tissue paper or a piece of cloth.
Sadly, birds use Easter Grass to build nests. And then the bird’s feet become tangled in the plastic, thereby trapping it in its nest.
The American Bird Conservancy publishes a beautiful quarterly magazine that’s filled with excellent content and stunning photos.
You can receive this magazine by becoming a member of ABC. Visit their web site for details. See: American Bird Conservancy
Also, please consider their outstanding book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation
Let’s recognize that organizations like ABC are working for you. And they need our support.