Today was a day of being in the right place at the right time.
I started the day off early and set off to run errands with the girl child. In the short time span before I had to run errands with the boy child I was able to sit outside and try to capture the humming birds, which did not happen. However, even though the hummers were being shy, the sparrows were not. They would move in force from one feeder to the next. I happened to be in just the right spot to capture some interplay between the birds. Especially the fighting and staking claim to a certain spot or a feeding cup. For such small birds they are extremely sassy.
Later in the day the man child decided to give fishing a try. There was a nice breeze at the house and it looked to be a nice time to head out. Well, when we hit our favorite lake the wind had kicked up, but we decided to give it a try. This gave me my challenge for the night: take great pictures while the boat is going up and down in rather large waves. My first test was on a family of loons that were riding the waves also. It was rather hard to get the photo and on this burst there were many that were not in focus, but I did manage to get one right after the baby popped back up from the water.
The eagle was my next target. He was sitting in his favorite roost in the bay we like to fish in. He sat for a bit watching me trying to get a picture before he flew off. I think he was just being nice as trying to capture the photo was making me a tad motion sick.
After a bit of fishing we moved across the lake in hopes of some better fish. While the fish did not pan out the chance for photography did. I happened to be in the right spot when an Osprey decided to fly right over the top of the boat. I was hoping that he would do a dive by us, but he moved out across the lake. It was about the time I stopped tracking the adult Osprey when the juvenile Osprey flew right over the boat on his way to meet the older one.
When we moved to a different spot in the bay, I final got one of my shots that was on my bird buckets list. I have been trying to capture a Northern Flicker in flight. While I can capture them on the ground or in the trees, it is hard to get them in flight. They are very cautious and will fly, fast, at the slightest movement. So while I have gotten a couple shots of in flight, they were not the best. But tonight, one flew from the small island right over my head to the tree behind us. I was finally able to get some shoots as it was overhead displaying the marvelous yellow color on the inside of its wings. Truly a great moment for me.
After that some loons decided to call and flap their wings at each other. I tried to capture it, but the wind had picked up once more. By the time focus was achieved the one had settled down and it was only the other one flapping. Overall, though, the night on the lake handed me some great opportunities.
We were feeling pretty good and decided to drive by where the Great Horned Owls have been hanging out. There was just enough light that if one stopped by I might have been able to capture it. Of course, one did not stop by until after the sun had set. Three Great Horned Owls came to roost rather close to where we were standing. I was able to grab some quick shots of them before they flew off further down the road. It is extremely hard to take a night photo with a flash without the light needed to focus. That is why the owls are a tad bit out of focus. So while they are not the tack sharp that I like to get in photos, they are the closest and in the greater detail than any of the other ones I have gotten. To me, it was a success. Especially since I will not get the true colors and details of them unless they pop up during the day light hours.