Knee Deep in June

That’s the title of a well-known poem by American poet James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916). And we are, of course, knee deep in June! Here are a few lines from one of the verses. Fitting lines for inclusion in a bird blog.

Mr. Bluejay, full o’ sass,
In them base-ball clothes o’ his,
Sportin’ ’round the orchard jes’
Like he owned the premises!

Mr. Bluejay
Mr. Bluejay

Hopefully some of you are smiling as you’re all too familiar with ‘Mr. Bluejay’ and his antics. Laura Erickson, popular author (and fellow blogger), is also familar with the Blue Jay’s antics, and has written a wonderful article about this species and its characteristics in BirdWatching. She refers to the Blue Jay as ‘nature’s clown.’  She couldn’t be more right. May I slip in here yet another reason to watch birds? They’re entertaining! We’ll add that to our growing list.

Timing Is Everything

I read the following recently in the April 2018 issue of Outdoor Photographer. “Timing is everything. As Ansel Adams said, ‘Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.'” The other day I pulled up and parked at the end of Inland Rd. It wasn’t all that long after dawn. I love shooting in the early morning. I hauled out my Canon 1D X and attached 500mm f/4 II lens and turned the camera on. I waited for maybe a minute. Usually I have to wait much longer. In the distance, I spotted a Great Egret as it lazily, but purposefully, flew along the riverbank and directly toward me. It got closer, and larger. And I was ready, and pumped. Timing IS everything. I picked up my gear, double checked my settings, and carefully aimed the lens. It appeared that God was ready to have someone click the shutter. I was prepared, clicked mine, and fired away. Here’s the result.

Great Egret in flight
Great Egret in flight

Here are a few more Great Egret and Osprey photos from that early morning shoot. There’s an egret flight sequence, followed by an Osprey hunting sequence. These are followed by a photo of the 2 rapidly growing Osprey nestlings on the now-famous Elizabeth River Channel Marker #38

Flight and Hunting Sequences and…

juvenile Ospreys in nest on channel marker
juvenile Ospreys in nest on channel marker

A Few More Lines

And finally, here are a few more lines from “Knee Deep in June”:

In betwixt the beautiful
Clouds o’ gold and white and blue!—
Month a man kin railly love—
June, you know, I ’m talkin’ of!

Elizabeth River from Inland Rd.
Elizabeth River from Inland Rd.
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