Often, when we go out to take photographs, we usually have a hope of seeing one or two particular birds. Last Sunday was the very same. We had heard that a couple of Bald Eagles were sighted recently at the nearby Cowan Lake. We drove to a few of our favorite spots, but alas, no Eagles.
We did, however, get to see a very wide variety of birds. As you can see from the photos above, we got to see everything from deep blues to the timeless grays. From tiny sleeping beauties to stalking birds of prey.
So, here’s the rundown on the “Individual” photos above. First, the Indigo Bunting. What a beautiful little bird indeed to start our list. This little guy was photographed at our first stop. Once we walked just a little way into the wooded area, we knew there were quite a few Buntings around. They have an unmistakable long and melodious song. The Eagle was our goal, but how could we pass up the chance see these and photo a few of these indigo beauties.
Next, the incredibly tiny Black Capped Chickadee. Not as tiny as their close relative the Carolina Chickadee, but still he looks deceivingly large in the close up shot above. And here’s another bird with a very recognizable song. As a matter of fact, you don’t even have to guess what bird it is when you hear him, because his call…is his name. They sound like they are saying “chickadee dee dee.” Despite his small size and him being almost opposite of a Bald Eagle…he was very photogenic and posed ever so nicely for me, keeping at least one eye on me the whole time.
Number three: the Great Blue Heron! What an awesome bird to just sit and watch as he stalks his dinner, waiting for just the right moment to strike into the water. When I first got into position to snap off a shot, just as I looked at him and began to focus, he did just that. I missed getting a picture of that action by just a half a second or so. But I was able to get quite a few shots off, and thought this one showed off his colors, his poise, and from the look on his face, his sheer determination.
Number four: a sleepy little Sparrow. To be honest, I’m not 100% certain which type of sparrow this one is, and hopefully someone out there will educate me and let me know. There are so many sparrows all around this area, it’s really hard to keep track of which one is which. That being said, I often overlook these little guys as too pushy or too plain. Actually, I did that today. But my wife saw this little guy and snapped off a great picture. How could anything be much cuter than a wild Sparrow taking a late afternoon nap.
Lastly, the Tufted Titmouse. Here I thought I hit the jackpot for a great little camera shot, but for this Titmouse, he has definitely hit the jackpot for a quick little snack. Munching away on a sunflower seed while relaxing in a Pine tree. How could life get any better.
As we drove home, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “Well, no Eagles again!” However, Eagles are prized by photographers because of their uniqueness and individuality, right? Well, what did I just spend the day photographing? A myriad of birds that were all different and unique. Individuals! Unique in their color, their songs, their activity level, and even their food of choice – from fresh caught fish to a scavenged sunflower seed.
We’ll no doubt be back at our local lake, and we’ll find those Bald Eagles eventually. But along the way, I will enjoy every single “individual” bird I get to photograph. Every color and every call. Why, because even though they’re not the Eagles, they are a very beautiful and an individual part of…”Our Wonderful World!”