Buzzards, Blizzards, and Blues..
The haze grey cloudy sky is filled with Buzzards lately. I think the Chinese New year folks got it wrong. This is the year of the Buzzard…not the horse. I also heard they were having another Blizzard in Massachusetts this past week. Weather and other circumstances also prevented my planned excursion Beyond the Broward this month. The sun has been barely visible this week! And I got the Blues! It is so hard to do decent photography without some sunlight. But come rain or shine there are a few faithful fowl out there each day. So we try our best.
On the one day of sunshine, I walk out the back door after supper and head to the dock. As I look up I see a Bald Eagle flying towards me. An instinctive reaction with my finger on the doohickey is the only thing that captures that moment. The majestic bird continues in the direction of the nest. In order to confirm my identification, I follow it and get a photograph in the vicinity of the nest. An examination the photos confirm that this is the same female adult. While going back over some older photos I also conclude that this eagle has been in the area at least since early September.
Later back on the river I spot my little Tricolored Heron friend a few feet away patiently watching for minnows. As the sun sets it flies to the pole above my head. In a close up crop of the photo can you actually see the reflection of the sunset in its eye. But that was about the last time either of us saw the sun. Regardless of the skies, spring is in the air on the Broward. Old Man River the Great Blue Heron is seen high in one of the trees in a courting display for his mate before flying off for another adventure. The breeding colors are showing on the Great Egrets and the other heron species also. Spring also means crab season and I see George, the Yellow Crowned Night Heron, feasting on a small blue crab sandwich on the bank. While searching near the zoo, a Roseate Spoonbill goes winging by. Can’t wait to see them on the river. Those bright pink wings certainly light up any day.
Ever stop to think how the weather sometimes affects everything in life? We know that winter is followed by spring as the seasons progress. I have always been able to deal with that until I took up photography. I really look forward to days filled with blue skies. But I also appreciate the cloudy rainy days. We all need them and so does the earth. BUT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. COME ON PHIL, YOU DUMB GROUNDHOG, TURN OFF THE WINTER BUTTON! NOW! There. I am ok. Be blessed. Harry