Today's Quotography challenge theme is "trees" so I took my camera to the park across the street from work to see what I could capture on my lunch hour - hoping to add to my cache of bird shots for World Bird Wednesday as well.
I hit the bird jackpot in a little section of brush beside a creek. Dozens of birds were flitting around playfully in the branches along with some squirrels. I was so excited when I caught this unlikely pair perching together. Unfortunately, the walkers on the trail were as intrigued by my camera as I was with the birds and just had to stop and chat me up about it - scaring them off before I could get a good steady shot.
Can someone tell me why people (perfect strangers no less) want to talk to you when you are clearly concentrating on photographing something? It's not like I was casually walking around lugging a camera. I was intensely focused on what I was doing. Surely, they must have seen that I was trying to photograph the birds, which do not sit and patiently wait for me to finish my conversation. Am I being ungracious and antisocial or does anyone else get really frustrated with this? With that big lens, I must appear to be more interesting than the Dos Equis dude.
After they left I positioned myself on top of a concrete pillar and sat very still until the birds came back - chickadees, titmice (titmouses? titmece?), cardinals (male and female) blue jays, and woodpeckers. At one point I counted about eight cardinals peeking out from behind branches. It is really hard to get close to a cardinal and my photographs of them never seem to be terribly sharp. I think it has something to do with that rich color and that they are always hiding behind branches that create depth of field issues.
So, anyway... I definitely stocked up on bird photos and today I'm sharing this Tufted Titmouse for World Bird Wednesday. If I'm wrong in my identification of this bird, let me know!