The one that got away.  Sometimes I get too involved in the moment.  I was sitting at the reserve watching the birds fly, swoop, fish, and just generally be birds.. when something beautiful happened and I was so engrossed in the scene I forgot I had a camera.  This picture is significant because it was taken 2 seconds too late!  And because hopefully it will give you some idea of what I’m talking about below.

 

The one that got away.  Sometimes I get too involved in the moment.  I was sitting at the reserve watching the birds fly, swoop, fish, and just generally be birds.. when something beautiful happened and I was so engrossed in the scene I forgot I had a camera.  This picture is significant because it was taken 2 seconds too late!  And because hopefully it will give you some idea of what I’m talking about below.

Birds absorb heat and air through their feathers and the quills of their feathers.  Often you’ll see individual birds turn their backs to the sun and stretch out their wings for a few moments to catch the suns rays and warm up a bit.  The picture below shows this from the front.

 

The picture I missed by two seconds included the entire flock of seabirds.  There were hundreds on the ground, and as if by cue, they rotated their backs to the sun and in an order that would make the Chinese Olympic show team proud, stretched out their wings to full span.. one by one, one after the other.  For a moment time stood still and hundreds of seabirds stood there with their wings at full span taking in the sun.  And then, as I remembered I had my camera and raised it for the picture they started putting their wings down.  One wise guy even walked right in front of my camera throwing off the focus!   In the blurry background you can see a number of the birds with their wings out, some not.  A few seconds too late!

 

The picture I missed by two seconds included the entire flock of seabirds.  There were hundreds on the ground, and as if by cue, they rotated their backs to the sun and in an order that would make the Chinese Olympic show team proud, stretched out their wings to full span.. one by one, one after the other.  For a moment time stood still and hundreds of seabirds stood there with their wings at full span taking in the sun.  And then, as I remembered I had my camera and raised it for the picture they started putting their wings down.  One wise guy even walked right in front of my camera throwing off the focus!   In the blurry background you can see a number of the birds with their wings out, some not.  A few seconds too late!

I waited around another hour or so hoping for a repeat performance.  I’d never seen this before and I didn’t see it again this day.  Instead, I was able to get plenty of standard shots like the one below..  Great shots almost always happen through luck or accident.. and I almost got lucky!

 

I waited around another hour or so hoping for a repeat performance.  I’d never seen this before and I didn’t see it again this day.  Instead, I was able to get plenty of standard shots like the one below..  Great shots almost always happen through luck or accident.. and I almost got lucky!