Window Of Opportunity

Friday, February 2, 2018,

This is a window of opportunity shot. Or, to be more exact, a gate of opportunity. I was trekking at Avalon Preserve when I came across a small flock of birds, which included this White-throated Sparrow. There was a gate standing between me and the birds I was trying to photograph. Now, when you’re shooting birds – (in the photographer sense, although I imagine that it’s much the same for hunters with guns) – you cannot approach your quarry by stepping forward. You must rely on your lens to capture the bird, otherwise said bird will fly off and leave you with a memory and a tale: “I was this close”, which is the same thing as a fisherman saying the fish was this big. As a photographer, you need to take the she shot when and where you can. This bird was beyond a gate, but if I tried to inch my way past, it would surely have flown off, so I had to take the pic where I stood. And that’s exactly what I did. I wasn’t disappointed with the result. I hope you aren’t either. JK


White-throated Sparrow At Avalon

Sunday, June 2, 2013,

Here’s a shot of a White-throated Sparrow I saw at Avalon Preserve This is the same bird I mentioned in my Bobwhite post. These little guys have always been a favorite of mine. One often expects a sparrow to be rather drably decorated but click on the pic and check out that bright white bib and those canary yellow patches between the eyes and bill. This is one good-looking bird.

This was this species that first got me involved with Audubon. I had taken a shot of a bird braving a snowstorm back in February of 2008. I loved the shot but I didn’t know what I had so I sent the pic to my friend Sue at Four Harbors Audubon Society. Sue introduced me to several folks, via email at first, who could help me identify the birds I’d been capturing with my camera. Whenever I couldn’t determine a species, which was pretty much darn near all the time, I would send a pic out to these folks and they would ID it for me. Eventually, Four Harbors asked me to become their photographer. Either they were very happy with my pics – it’s a possibility – or they had grown tired of my incessant questioning and were hoping to shut me up. I tend to believe that the latter hypothesis is closer to the mark. Either way, it has never stopped my questions. In similar fashion to the Energizer Bunny, I keep asking and asking and asking. JK