Frustrating…

Sometimes, those of us who take wildlife photos come back somewhat frustrating from a trip to the great outdoors. Of course, we always enjoy walking outside, especially when the weather is fine and the company better. But we also wish that we had more time, better luck and better equipment!

Today, for instance, my family and I walked in Mt. Seymour Provincial Park and Ski Resort, on one of the trails that leads to Mystery Lake, which is in fact hardly mysterious, given the number of people who were there today. If you want an idea of what our hike looked like, here are a few photos:

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What is the frustrating part, you ask? Well, I was able to get exactly one slightly acceptable bird photo! We heard and even saw many interesting birds, including Steller’s Jays, American Goldfinches, Dark-eyed Juncos, Black-capped Chickadees, Northern Ravens and probably several other species that I could not identify, but I only the following shot was OK (still of some interest, even though the branches in the foreground were rather distracting):

Dark-eyed Junco - "Oregon," female  | Junco hyemalis shufeldti

Dark-eyed Junco – “Oregon,” female | Junco hyemalis shufeldti

But I guess that is the way wildlife photography goes. Mia McPherson explained all of this far more eloquently in her recent post on “Frustrations in Bird Photography,” which focused mainly on the role powerlines can play when it comes to ruining raptor photos, but also talks about how slight tilts in the head and changing wing positions can radically change the quality of a picture. And, in my case, if you only knew how many of my pictures end up only featuring the tail of a bird or sometimes only branches! But I guess that is also the reason that we can be so ecstatic when actually get that perfect photo of an elusive species…

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