My plan for today, well on Friday the plan was, to work. It’s end of fiscal year and not enough hours in the work week to get it all done. HOWEVER, I was having my early morning coffee on the patio when the weather and the birds convinced me to enjoy the day and just work later at night during the week 🙂 Honestly it didn’t take much to convince me 🙂 Packed up the 400mm and headed over to LLELA (Lake Lewisville Environmental learning….something ) Not a soul was there when I arrived and rather than making stops along the trail as I usually do, I headed straight to the blind that sits out on the water. It was wonderfully peaceful, except for the tree frogs, assorted birds, bending boughs of the trees, and rustling of the leaves. MAGICAL! I quickly recognized the loud chipper of the kingfisher, the elusive photo subject. Not that I haven’t seen them, but they are never really close enough to get a good clear shot. Not today, they were busy fishing and I would guess that some of them may be
youngings” as there were 5 of them together and I usually only see them fishing alone? One landed on a limb close to the blind, closest I’ve ever been 🙂
Now had someone told me a year ago that I would TOTALLY enjoy watching and photographing birds I probably would have smiled and said “not likely”. Well I haven’t used anything on my camera but the 400mm since I got it and with the exception of flowers, haven’t really shot anything but birds for the past few months!…and this is how bad (or good) I’ve become. As I stood in the blind totally enjoying the view and sounds I heard human voices!! Now this is a public place, so who am I to complain about other folks interrupting my tranqility….BUT really it’s a bind meaning you “hide” from birds in there. WHY would two folks be walking up to the blind chasing MY BIRDS away :)…They said good morning, as any respectable southern would do…but in a LOUD voice..I replied in a whisper “morning, there are kingfishers fishing out there see…..” They didn’t get the hint. OK so I won’t go into all the thoughts that were running thru my head. I picked up the tripod and left…yes my NY attitude probably showed a bit 🙂
So as not to make this a novel…I continued down the trail to the smaller blind and found a Great Egret imitating the Karate Kid….
a diamond backed water snake, (I looked it up, it’s not a venomous)
the cutest little Eastern Phoebe and a Blue Damselfly.
I had a wonderful 2 hour vacation from the real world. Hope you enjoy 🙂