Fan-tailed cuckoo, Balranald
3 Comments »18th October, 2011; Category: Bush birds, Camera, Cuckoos
Sydney Trip June 2011
While having lunch on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in Balranald last June, I saw a Fan-tailed Cuckoo quietly feeding in a nearby group of trees. I crept as close as I dared, trying not to scare it away. Eventually I was able to get this somewhat fuzzy photo – it’s not brilliant, but it’s the best of a bad lot. That’s what happens when one pushes one’s camera to it’s limit.
The Fan-tailed Cuckoo is a species I haven’t seen all that many times, so any any sighting is a good one. One day I shall also get a good photo.
I understand pushing your camera to it’s limits. I recently saw a Sacred Kingfisher for the first time- on a day when I only had my point and shoot! It really wasn’t up to the job, but I was excited to capture anything.
That sums up nature photography in my opinion. Many times I am happy to get any kind of photo. On subsequent shots and later opportunities I try to improve those early blurry photos. Sometimes I succeed, other times not. Yet get that.
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