Forget Your Birding Plan

My goal was to photograph the red-faced warbler. Well actually to get a better photo since the last time I saw one. How difficult can that be? For starters, I needed to find the bird. And have my appropriate camera lens out and ready to capture the photo.

Forget any birding plan you may have; it’s a crazy idea to think you’ll view and accomplish what you want. Last week I did not see the red-faced warbler till I was further in the woods so today I casually walked the path observing yellow-eyed juncos, robins, and gnatcatchers. Then to my surprise I see a pair of red-faced warblers!

I was happy and annoyed to see this pair as there was no way to capture a good photo! I decided to follow them down the path. I mean how far could they go and not allow me another opportunity to see them in this vast forest!?! Stupid idea on my part. It’ll be hours before I see red-faced warblers again.

I spent 4.5 hours in the forest and did capture a couple of okay photos and saw a bird I had never seen before: the painted redstart. Here’s a photo:

Painted redstart

This bird was then displaying it feathers and putting on quite a show … obviously not for me, but I tried to capture the action in a photo.

Painted redstart trying to catch someones’ attention!

I walked past acorn woodpeckers, Swainson’s thrush, Western bluebirds, yellow rumped warblers and FINALLY I see red-faced warblers! I am hoping for the best light. I am holding the 5 pound zoom lens to capture a good photo within focus. I am wishing my tripod was set up, but I am not going to let these birds escape me again today. So here is one photo:

Red-faced warbler

I will keep working on my birding, my photography and my patience with hopes that someday my birding plan will go as I planned. No, that’s crazy! That will never happen.

8 thoughts on “Forget Your Birding Plan

  1. I enjoyed reading about your birding treasure hunt unfold. Good walking exercise and it increases your heart rate with the adrenaline of the challenge.


  2. These birds are beautiful! Nice work, catching a good picture of a bird is difficult! My husband has spent days looking for a specific bird to film, I swear they know when the camera is out.


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