Patience is Rewarded

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) enjoying mulberry breakfast

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) enjoying mulberry breakfast

I often find that with my morning birdwatching by the Mulberry Tree I can go for 30 minutes with nary an unusual arrival, just the standard birds that are there every morning.  However, if I hold out for an hour I usually end up with a colorful visitor.  Yesterday it was the Baltimore Oriole above that stopped in for breakfast.

This morning it was a Great Blue Heron that provided the surprise.  I looked up to see a large Heron overhead.  I expected to be able to grab some pictures as the Heron flew over, but after getting this first abortive shot I realized that he was circling and not transiting the sky.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) flying away from the camera

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) flying away from the camera

As I tried to follow his flight pattern he circled and then dropped down toward my neighbor’s pond.  He stopped short however and landed in one of the trees by the pond.  This was an incredible sight.  It may be the biggest bird I have ever seen in a tree.  Unfortunately while I could see it through a gap in the fence there was no way to get my camera lens to focus through the hole.

A similar kind of patient observation of nature occurs while sitting on the bench overlooking the pasture as the sunlight fades into the evening sky.  Son Josh captured the scene the other night as the first stars appeared.

The evening sky overlooking the pasture

The evening sky overlooking the pasture

This inspired me to see if I could capture the fireflies as the twinkle over the grass at the same hour.  And if you look at the following long exposure you can see the trails of the fireflies.

Fireflies at sunset

Fireflies at sunset