I don’t know who was more surprised, me or the chickens. I had gone out the back door with the 600mm lens on my camera intending to take a couple of photos of the cranes who have nested out there. I didn’t expect to see my neighbor’s chickens out there, and clearly they weren’t expecting me either. When I attempted to put the camera on the tripod I realized I’d brought out the wrong tripod, so for the heck of it I tried a couple of hand held shots of the chickens. The camera was zoomed all the way out, and since those shots seemed clear enough I attempted to aim out at the cranes, and that’s when I couldn’t hold it steady. It was impossible.
I headed out the door again, with the correct tripod this time, and saw what I knew from photographs to be Swallow-tail Kites zooming around out there. I hadn’t seen them on the lake before so I concentrated on them as they finally landed in a tree across the way. First one landed, and then her mate landed also. I cropped these photos past where they should have been for clarity sake, but I wanted to see what was actually happening out there. I believe that the second one to land brought a lizard to the other one. The recipient stayed and posed in the tree for a bit, but the other one was off again immediately. And then they both were gone. I’m so glad I was ready with the camera since I don’t know if I expect to see them out there again. Maybe if you are taking a photograph of a still life scene you have the luxury of composing your photo. It seems I’m always the last one to know what I’ll wind up shooting on any given day, but I’m not complaining.