Saturday, May 9, 2020
Wisdom of the birds
Here is a bird:
As we have established I have a new camera with a very strong zoom on it. If we hadn't established that I suppose the above picture would. I have never been as close to a robin as this picture suggests I was just this morning. I was not this close to a robin. Yet nevertheless, here in this picture, we both are indeed this close to a robin.
It is very... interesting.
And I learned my very first wildlife photography lesson as well. It turns out it might be a lesson for life as well, but only for wise people, so not usually the sort of thing I'm all, you know, in to.
When I saw an animal today on my photo expedition I would try and inch my way as close as I could to it. I have a very strong zoom, yes, but the closer one is the easier it is to get a good picture. So I see the robin above. I get my camera all ready. And slowly I make my way towards him.
But he dances away!
So I inch on up. I squat down. I quietly move forward a little.
And off he hops!
This went on a few times. It wasn't actually very fun. So I gave it up.
I squatted down in the grass. I found the robin. I zoomed in. I watched him eat a worm. I took a picture or two just because. I watched him frolic about. He moved a lot. I was surprised by how active he was.
I just sat there for awhile.
And then the robin came to me.