Flighty Models

Sunday, 19 October 2008

It's amazing how a little bit of sunshine in Vancouver in October amidst some really wet weather will get everybody out of the house.  Daughter Isabelle and I went to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary to see what we could shoot, er, photograph.  While it could be more accurately called the duck sanctuary, we did spot a maybe a dozen different kinds of birds (the true birder would probably have noticed hundreds).  If it kinda looks like a duck, kinda makes noises like a duck, it's probably a duck, but his friends probably make fun of him because of his funny colour and different shaped head (thankfully, 8 year-olds don't care).

Birds are infuriatingly small and, despite the Bird Sanctuary label on their surroundings, very suspicious.  You need horribly expensive lenses to take pictures of them, unless they're ducks, in which case you have to step around them as they don't get out of your way.  On that topic, if you want to feel hopelessly inadequate with your $9000 camera and lens combo, go hang out with some bird photographers ("Is that a 300/2.8?  It's so cuuuute!  Bill over there has a 600/4 VR and a sherpa to lug it around.  He lives in one of the side pockets of his camera bag.").  OK, I'm exaggerating -- they were really nice to talk to, and it's nice to see a few more Nikonians/Nikonistas out there; it's been a little lonely.

I was reminded that I don't really have the patience to sit in a blind all day waiting for the Black-crowned Night Heron to do something interesting.  Apparently it's quite common, but you wouldn't have believed it from the crowd of gigantic lenses that were set up around the one example that was present. 

OK...  looking over my shoulder, tilt your beak down a little bit, yess.....gorgeous!   Left shoulder up...no, your other left...  Good!

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax hoactli) aka Leave me alone; I need some ME time

Favourite shot of the day (possibly a Black-capped Chickadee, but I'd be guessing.  I'm pretty sure it's a bird, at least)

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