Thankfully the horse trailers weren't there yet, I still had my canyon to myself. Saw a mountain bike yesterday and shuddered.
When I got to the road I noticed a big blue heron on a dead tree.
I looked around the van and noticed that I had my old Sigma 50-500mm behind the seat, ensconced there for just such an occasion. It is a damn good lens, haven't paid attention to it of late with the newer 150-600c. I quickly stuck it on the camera and adjusted the iso and shutter speed, hoping that it didn't fly away.
I did this and that and finally got the dumb camera to do what I wanted somehow.
I saw a bunch of birds on the way back including this coopers hawk and a flying woodpecker. Nice day in the canyon.