Another day, another post! Guessing the doubters are starting to get a little concerned (hehehe). I’m not out of the woods completely, but as each post rolls out through the publishing pipeline the stress ratchets down another notch. The good news in all of this is I was able to get started on another vacation’s worth of shots from last year. The great news is it looks like the topic hopper will be full for an extended period of time based on activities that has transpired as of late. Of course, this does have the downside of erasing all the gains made on the already overflowing topic queue. A very good problem to have when all your peeps have such high expectations.
Speaking of queues, next pop from the stack places us back in Henderson Nevada, home of the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve discussed a couple of posts back (link here). If you recall, that post introduced a new bird to the blog. Let’s continue that streak with still another new species.
Most people will recognize this bird thanks to the numerous references over the years. If you are struggling, imagine it as a highly clever bird painted in blue and yellow. No help? How about Beep Beep? If that didn’t trigger the name, then clearly you did not watch enough cartoons as a kid. Just in case the suspense is too high, this is a Greater Roadrunner. That day in Henderson officially marked the first time I’ve ever seen a live one of these and to say I was elated is an understatement. After shooting the Green-Winged Teal, a blur of brown and white caught my eye dashing across the shoreline of an adjacent pond. Intrigued, I immediately headed over there and tried to get a decent shot. Let it be known that the amazing speed of these birds is confirmed. It could flat out move making focus tracking nearly impossible. Left, right, under brush, out of brush, to the water, back to the shore – it never seemed to stop. To get the shots here required some high shutter speeds combined with just a smidgen of luck. Tracking brown colored birds against a brown backdrop makes for interesting times with the Beast, but when you get it… you generally get it.
Hit the jump to read more about this runner’s friend