This is a bird that doesn’t want to sit still, but thanks to auto-focus I was able to capture him for brief second he landed. I wish I had auto-focus. I’m a little like this bird. I guess I’m the bird aspiring to be the camera.
As we arrived late in the day at Cabin Lake, (2010) a flock of Clark’s Nutcracker’s were the first birds we encountered on site. This bird just looks so well put together. A superstar. I love the black wings against the grey body along with the fluffy white turbo jet section. I guess an adult bird, if it’s wild, free and uninjured, is never “out of shape”.
Here’s another drop in the bucket of a recalled peace.
I don’t have a lens that is normally strong enough for a decent bird photo, but in this instance I was in a blind, putting me close to the action.
I still remember an early morning mountain bike ride some years ago with a buddy of mine up Third Fork Canyon where he stopped in front of me, popped off his bike with great enthusiasm and asked if I had seen a wildly colored bird that he had just spotted before it flew away. I hadn’t. We looked at a field guide later and it became clear to us that he had seen his first Western Tanager. He saw it, I believe, because he had decided several days before that to start being more mindful of birds in general. The mindfulness that birding demands is something that I appreciate, and a Western Tanager is, in my opinion, a species that is easy to get excited about.
Beedie Savage’s blog in inspiring me to reach for some level of peace (again) through photography. I have, as a result, revisited some of my bird photos with a different mindset. The photo below is my first installment of a few I intend to trickle out here.