For The Birds

Several times when making plans with friends or fellow photographers, I’ve had people dismiss a location or plan because the main attraction was birding and “birding/photographing birds was boring”.   I guess I can understand from a certain….well, no…not really.  Fact is, I find birds endlessly fascinating.  Photographing birds, I get a sense of the ‘character’ of certain birds.   Perhaps its my imagination and the way it anthropomorphizes birds that makes them so interesting to me.  But, I can’t photograph an eagle without thinking how grumpy he looks and how he’s likely annoyed at my presence if he notices me at all; or a pair of mallards without thinking how sweet they look together and imagining how long they’ve been married.

Or, gulls….Gulls, man.

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So, here’s the three gulls.  The momma, the juvenile and the seemingly aghast dude watching the rude antics of the begging offspring.

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The onlooker looks away, muttering to himself over the behavior of children…

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…while Mom cast a glance my way that clearly says “I can’t believe this is my life”.

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EVERYONE looks away as the kid tries to get mom to cough up some fish.

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And when she does, right out there in the public for all to see, the kids is thrilled and that one guy is just aghast.

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Shocked and aghast.

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Shocked, I tell.

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SHOCKED.

 

Seriously, how can you not like photographing birds?  Maybe I’m doing it wrong…

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