Today I've decided to talk about something other than geese. It seems if I follow an animal around too much, it gets angry. I'd rather avoid another war, so I think I'll just switch to something else. Besides, geese aren't the only birds around here right now.
This time I decided to go to a completely different place to do my hike. This place is usually quieter than the others. There aren't many people or animals here. Both will come when it gets warmer. There were birds there though.
There is one particular section of this place where birds like to gather. The trees there must have some attraction to them for some reason. There is either good food there, or that's where they like to nest. Or maybe it could be both.
As I got close to this place, I was keeping a careful eye out for whatever birds I could see. There were birds flying around everywhere here. I thought it should be easy to get a halfway decent photo of a bird here. I didn't know that I would get any this good though.
As I got close, I saw one bird that wanted to fly away from me, but there was something on a tree near me that it wanted. It would fly away and then fly right back. It repeated this several times, until it settled on a branch about halfway between it's two destinations.
I made sure I moved in slowly so I had a chance to get a better shot. I actually got within ten feet of the bird. As I looked at it more, I saw that the bird was a robin. I have other pictures of robins, but I was never this close. I think these are my best shots so far.
This bird was really determined to wait it out until I left. I was able to walk halfway around the tree to get some pictures from a better angle, and it didn't try to fly away. It must have felt reasonably secure where it was.
There were a few small branches between us. I wouldn't have been able to reach the bird if I tried. It obviously understood that. It was watching me the whole time, even though it's back was turned mostly towards me.
This was one of the most amazing experiences I've had so far. To get so close to a robin was a wonderful feeling. This was a rare thing that happened to me. In the end, I got all the photos I wanted, and then I moved on so the robin could get back to the branch it wanted to go.