26 Jul The Truth about Bird Photography and a Goose Update
The Truth about Bird Photography and a Goose Update
Let’s start with the truth about Bird Photography.
It’s an exercise in failure.
[ – Pause for a chorus of groans – ]
So most photos will look like the one above (or worse).
At least that’s my experience. I keep about 2% of the photos that I take.
Now let’s consider how such failure can be beneficial.
First, knowing what to expect helps manage expectations. For example, I’m delighted when I take one decent photo out of a hundred. (“Woo Woo!”)
Second, going toward failure can lead to success. Rather than find excuses to do nothing (e.g., stay home), we need to find reasons to do something (e.g., take photos).
Third, having a challenge makes us better. That is, the difficultly of taking a good photo pushes us to improve our skill, craft, and art.
And then we obtain results like the one below.
Which brings us back to the beginning.
Bird photography is an opportunity to embrace, learn from, and manage failure.
Next, here’s an update on the Egyptian Goose
The pair in Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Brea, CA, started a second clutch this spring.
After a few weeks one of the goslings got fishing line tangled on its leg. As a result, this bird was limping along, way behind its three siblings.
Fortunately, a park ranger caught this bird and sent it to a wildlife rehabilitation center. A member of their staff removed the fishing line and gave the bird a shot of antibiotics. Then the bird was released in the park.
Today, the bird is doing well. It walks without a limp and has caught up with the others in size.
In fact, it’s impossible to tell which bird was rescued. (You may know that the Great Council of Birds rejected a proposal that birds should aid identification by wearing QR-Codes.)
Here’s a photo of a Juvenile Egyptian Goose, flapping its wings.
Note that some downy plumage remains as its adult feathers are appearing.
And this photo is another example of the Truth about Bird Photography. I took 130 photos of these geese in order to have this one.
Help Birds Tip
Support wildlife rehabilitation centers.
Why: These organizations rescue, rehabilitate, and return birds to their environment. Many also conduct conservation programs and offer presentations about wildlife. (If interested, contact them to talk about a presentation for your school, club, or organization.)
How: First, find the center in your area.
Use: The Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory (Use any of the “Locate a Wildlife Rehabilitator” links on this web site.)
Or contact your local Audubon Chapter. See: Audubon Near You.
Then consider how you can help. For example, these organizations need volunteers, donations, and publicity.
The American Bird Conservancy conducts highly effective programs to protect lands that are essential for birds. Learn more about birds and what they do at: American Bird Conservancy
I recommend this outstanding book, published by the ABC: Bird Conservation (I think it belongs on every bird enthusiast’s book shelf.)
Note: Please take a look at these two resource.