Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Attacked By A Bird
But let me describe what happened here at the water's edge. I decided to go back and take some pictures around the shore of Lake Erie after my little hike. water pictures are always good. While I was taking my pictures I noticed that there were bird houses lining the shore.
There were these little birds flying back and forth from the bird houses. They looked like Eastern Kingbirds, but I'm not at all sure if that's right. They're a little smaller than the other kingbirds I've seen, but I've often seen them together. Maybe some of you know.
I still kept taking pictures because I hoped to get some good shots of it perched on the front. I really wasn't very close to it, maybe about thirty or forty feet away, so I couldn't see it as well as the camera could. This made it difficult to center the shot on the bird. I still got a few decent shots though.
I saw a place a ways down the shoreline that looked interesting. It looked like a viewing platform or a dock of some kind. So I decided to make my way down there to see if there was anything good. I had to walk past these birdhouses to get to that place. When I got near this bird's house is when all the trouble started!
I still didn't walk very close, even though I thought about doing so. Now I'm glad I didn't try! I watched as the bird once again flew out over the water. I kept walking towards my destination as it began to fly back.
All I could do was point the camera in its general direction. I hoped one of my pictures would get the bird in the shot. The only problem was that I had forgotten to bring the zoom back in from when I was getting the bird's pictures from far away. I don't normally make that mistake.
The blurry picture above is the best one I got of this birds multiple attacks on me. I believe that black shadow on the left just might be the bird. Even after the bird made multiple strafe runs at me it never actually touched me. I don't know if it meant to do more than scare me, but I got away from there quickly. I was glad that was over.
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