Monday, January 18, 2010
The Twa Corbies
On the same day that I got a pretty decent picture of a robin from very far away I saw a flock of crows in the air above the forest. I happened to be standing at the edge of a meadow, and I heard their loud ugly calls before I ever saw them. They soon came flying from the north far over the treetops.
The problem was that they only came to the very edge of the trees. They were also moving very fast. I tried to chase them with the camera, but they were just too quick for me to catch up with. And anyone who has used a camera more than a few times knows that you'll never get a good shot while the camera is moving wildly about.
Crows are very intelligent birds, so it's very possible they were avoiding me in some way. I did finally get this last bad shot of this straggler. He circled back around my way twice more, but this time a little more out in the open. I guess he was trying to give me a charity shot. Or maybe he was just teasing me some more.
We don't always get the perfect pictures we want, but the experiences we get from trying are excellent. Watching those crows fly will be something I'll never forget; maybe because it was so frustrating trying to get at least one good photo, or maybe because it was such a wonderful experience getting to study crows so closely for the very first time.
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