This week’s Photo Challenge is: Reward. This can be interpreted many ways. Lately, I have personally received a lot of reward and today, I’m offering pictures of it. You see, “birding” might be considered something “easy” that retirees and pensioners do. Let me tell you that birding “well” is not easy at all. Add in that Shey and I aren’t satisfied until we get a good pic of the bird, and birding can be downright grueling. It’s frustrating when you know the bird is there, and for some reason you can’t get a satisfying pic. You just have to try and try and try again. Eventually, it pays off magnificently. Recently, on a trip to Galveston, it did.
Black Skimmers. I’ve gotten grainy pics of these before, taken in poor light from long range. On this trip we found a huge flock of them. Almost never do birds allow humans to get close, but on this day we closed to within 60 feet and they didn’t care. I didn’t realize how narrow this bird’s beaks are, or how hard it is to see their eyes. This was my reward.
Neotropic Cormorant. While out with expert birders, they’ve pointed out Neotropics to us, but only at VERY long range, where you could barely see them with binoculars. No camera-shot worth taking. We see Double-Crested Cormorants all the time, but not the Neotropic Cormorants. Right beside the black skimmers were these Neotropics, and again, they didn’t care when we got close. The Cormorant is in the background in both of these pics, Laughing Gull in the foreground. Waiting all this time, and now I receive my reward.