Although it’s been an unusually wet April, I still have many photographs I haven’t had time to collate, edit, and polish up enough to post here. For instance, these photos came from my visit to the Nisqually national wildlife refuge in the second week of April.
The day began with a rare sighting of Sandhill Cranes, a bird I’ve only seen a few times and have never seen in Nisqually.
Unfortunately, they were walking away from the gathered photographers by the time I got there, so these shots were taken at a considerable distance.
I find it impossible not to be impressed by their sheer size, but they’re not really a favorite photographic subject.
I would probably enjoy getting a great shot of a green winged teal as much as I would a great shot of a sandhill crane.
For me, the highlight of the day actually came just as I was leaving and flushed an American bittern.
I ended up spending more time taking photographs of this commonly-seen bird than I did of the much rarer sandhill cranes. I always enjoy watching a bittern “hide” when it knows it has been spotted.
I even enjoyed watching it stalk its prey once it was convinced that I didn’t present any real threat.
I still get a “thrill” when I see a bird for the first time, but I get the most pleasure from observing and photographing birds that I’ve gotten to know. Perhaps that is why I’ve never really been tempted by birding trips to exotic locales.