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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Scene and Story for April 2017

Great Blue

Last month we were camping along the Sacramento River, near Woodson Bridge. For most of the five days that we were there, it rained. Finally, one morning the sun came out. And so did an abundance of birds.

During that sunny morning, the sound of the river was muted by the sounds of so many birds. I even got to see my first Great Blue Heron. The instant I noticed him, I grabbed my camera and stepped out of our travel trailer to get some shots of him. One of his fine-feathered-friends must have taken exception to my plan because as soon as I cleared the trailer awning, it pooped! The mess landed on my camera. Yuck!!! Thankfully, I also had the hood on the lens when the dirty deed happened. While cleaning up my camera, the Great Blue flew away, and I thought I missed my chance for a photo.

Apparently, the Great Blue liked the area behind our rig. He showed up often whenever the sun was out, and I was able to photograph him.

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  1. Poop on your lens, that's a story! Rain and camping stinks, but it always make you appreciate nice weather so much more.

  2. That is not very nice of that bird to poop on your lens, and definitely a dirty deed! Glad it all turned out ok though because you photo of this heron is a lovely one! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Good that you had the hood on the lens! As much as I love birds, I certainly don't like their poop on my camera! But it makes a great story!

  4. Oh. My.Gosh! Now that IS a story! I'm glad you were able to get a splendid picture of that heron. They are beautiful birds, aren't they.

    1. Thanks. That was the first time for me to see one in real life.

  5. You got a really good shot of this heron as he stalked along on those long legs of his! Thank goodness for the hood you had on your lens! Good thinking! I always forget to use my hood lenses as they don't fit into my camera bag when still attached!

  6. Oh, the trials and tribulations of the bird-loving photographer! What a I'm sure will be more fun in the retelling than it was at the time. It was thoughtful of your great blue friend to come back so you could get this stunning photo of him. He looks so very regal!

  7. Great shot! The Great Blue Heron is one of my favorite birds. I love to watch them walk along the shore. I can't believe he pooped on you! I am glad you had your lens hood on. :)

  8. Poop on lens! That's the first I've heard of that!! Thankfully the mess was easy to clean up and you captured your Blue Heron! Beautiful image!


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