This time, I did it right. After months of not putting myself in position to make good nature images, of always being in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong equipment doing the wrong thing – this time I did it right.
Right time? Early morning when the light is good and the wildlife is active – check.
Right place? The boardwalk at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, where interesting birds like Soras and Virginia Rails and Glossy Ibises have been the talk of the town, and social media, for weeks – check.
Right equipment? Binoculars and Canon 7D Mark II camera with the 100-400mm lens, in my hands and not back in the car – check.
Doing the right thing? Two hours of watching and waiting patiently, on my own, instead of rushed by the need to keep up with fast-moving friends – check.
The result? Actual photos of wildlife! Killdeer. Sora.
Little Blue Heron. Green Heron, at the top of a tree, no less!
Even a stand-off between two bugs on a leaf.
This is where the wild things are.
And I think we found the wildlife photographer.