Crow

I did another birding walk today, to Mon of course. It would be foolish to expect something as good as last week, but I figured there’s gotta be something. And just as I was walking down to Mon, I saw swans in the wetland. I was wearing camouflage, I was walking slowly and quietly, I even crept on all four… but they saw me and flew off.

Redwing
Redwing

The next birds I found was a pair of mallards. Not very exciting, but yes, they also knew I was there and you guessed it, they flew off. I then checked the goosander pool but naturally, no goosander or other birds there. But by now I was kind of given up on waterfowl, it’s very obvious that it’s not gonna work if I try to approach them, camouflage or not. I would need a hide and a ton of patience to sit there and wait. I’m not quite there yet. But there are other birds than waterfowl in Mon, so I kept my eyes on the trees instead of the water and that paid off. I got my first shot of a “wild” (read: not from feeder) willow tit, and caught two new species on camera, a redwing and a pair of siskin. The pictures may not be so special, but I wouldn’t even have attempted on shooting these small birds so far away if I didn’t have 600mm at my disposal. With a mere 300mm like I used to have, this kind of exercise would be futile.

Siskin
Siskin

In the afternoon I did another walk, to the next best bird place, which is the lake. Unfortunately, somebody was out on a boat and the lake is too small for both boats and birds, so I didn’t find anything at first. Then I caught a glimpse of the buzzard again, but it disappeared in the reeds, and all I had left was a crow on a far away tree. It was preening itself so I shot some frames, and caught one picture when it flew off. Then it started raining again, so I went home and checked the pictures. I trashed all the crow pictures except the BIF, but when I started keywording the pictures, I was in for a surprise – I didn’t have a keyword for crow, and that’s because I didn’t actually have any pictures of crows! Unbelievable. I should’ve kept one of the preening pictures as well, but a crow in flight is better than no crow at all…

130/365
130/365

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