I’m back!

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, Dryden Lake, Dryden, NY

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, Dryden Lake, Dryden, NY

Boy it feels good to be back doing what I love.  For the past few years, I have done a lot of photography but relatively little of it has been bird photography.  I’ve had one or two small projects dedicated to bird photography but that is about it.  Now that is all about to change.

When Carrie and I decided we would be moving to Ithaca, NY, I was excited, as it would give me a chance to start fresh and explore a new area of the country and see a few new birds.  It also meant that I would get an opportunity to photograph a lot of birds I had never photographed before.  Today was my first morning dedicated to bird photography in a long time and I am happy to report, I am back!

Over the past few weeks I have been able to get outside and explore a new reserve or park every few days, which has been wonderful.  However, going into a new place can be difficult for photography, as I really don’t know what to expect.  This was very true with respect to my trip this past weekend to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Sometimes, like this morning, things work smoothly and everything comes together nicely.

I chose to explore relatively local this morning driving about 15 minutes to the Dryden Lake area.  Normally, this lake is well known for its ducks, particularly in late winter and spring, but other birders have been reporting a nice diversity of migrating songbirds on the nearby trails.  Not really knowing what to expect, I headed out with camera in hand to see what I could find.

The weather forecast called for a sunny morning with a cloudy afternoon but I woke to find a heavy overcast providing very dark conditions.   I almost didn’t get the camera out but seeing this juvenile Red-tailed Hawk perched at eye level in the picnic area was just too good to pass up.  I took a bunch of photos because the conditions required a very slow shutter speed and I was rewarded with a handful of nice sharp images.

It feels so great to be back photographing birds.  It has been well over a year since I have really dedicated a day to photographing birds and this is only the beginning.  Stay tuned for more…

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