Details create the big picture.
– Sanford I.Weill
When I have time to go birding, I usually head out to one of a few places. My goal is to photograph birds of prey, specifically birds in flight. I never, ever get bored with doing this.
My favourite place consists of a country road with rolling paddocks on either side. There are trees on the far side of one paddock; swamps on the low part of the other.
The birds of prey are varied and abundant. I see many every time I go there, although they are usually not as close to me as I would like them to be!
Yesterday morning I went to my favourite place. I loved just being there, 100% immersed in watching and photographing the birds of prey.
Then I heard a sound; one of my favourite sounds in the whole world. It was the wail of a yellow-tailed black-cockatoo. I turned and saw not one, but two, flying slowly towards me. I raised my camera and managed to get a few photos before they disappeared.
I know that I think of my favourite place as a bird of prey place. But I need to remember that there are other birds – fabulous birds – that help to make it the magnificent place it is.