My head was a little screwed up yesterday and I decided I needed a little break with the birdies. Can't really explain, should be really happy and I am but all the prior uncertainty sort of wipes you out emotionally. Oh, so I am going to live? Guess I better figure out how to pay the mortgage...
I also wanted to try out the new to me but slightly used, drop in circular polarizer for the nikkor 400mm 2.8 fl. I headed out to San Jacinto.
At first glance the place seemed a little dead. I started to think that I was going to get shut out. Sure there were a few harriers flying around and a red tailed or two but how does the song go, nothing was delivered?
I made the general loop and was fairly unimpressed. Lots of coots, a vulture feasting on leftovers, ducks galore, egrets and ibis gracefully flying overhead.
He was completely unconcerned with my presence. Big boy, take a look at those massive claws.
He could have put a serious hurt on me if he chose to.
Well, that was cool. Always happy to make the acquaintance of an eagle.
But honestly an even bigger thrill was awaiting just around the corner.
You would be wrong. There are long periods of waiting and there are times you get shut out.
I wrote a note to myself yesterday. It doesn't happen when you want it to happen, it happens when it happens.
I had a hard time leaving yesterday. I drove around and around and realized that I would rather be there doing nothing than stuck on the 215 south in traffic.
Pulled up next to a pond and let the ripples on the water gently put me to sleep.
Finally left when the sun went down.
|red shouldered hawk|
|male harrier aka marsh hawk|
|red tailed hawk aloft|