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2021 Shooting Day #6 – Crescent Bend Nature Park

May 12, 2021
© Jim Miller – Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)

*DING*

The phone’s screen read, “Your flight from SAT to DEN has been cancelled.”

Shooting Day #6 should not have happened in Texas. By the time we drove up to the blind on Sunday afternoon we should have been back in Denver.

Should have been.

Instead, Mother Nature decided that my shooting companion and I needed a couple of extra days in the Lone Star state. Mother Nature dumped around 2 feet of snow on the greater Denver area, paralyzing the city’s transportation grid. That included Denver International Airport which almost never, ever closes because of weather.

Almost never.

If there was any consolation, at least Southwest Airlines cancelled our Sunday flight on Friday afternoon, giving us some time to figure out what was next without the anxiety of wandering around Saturday wondering if we would fly on Sunday. With the new flight scheduled for Tuesday, we plotted what was next.

That next was Sunday afternoon, and it turned out to be back at Crescent Bend Nature Park. A couple of the places I would have liked to have gone were closed, either because of the results of the freeze or the inability to achieve social distancing. Another would have worked well, but I didn’t feel like I had it in me for the long walks that would have been required to go from place to place.

Sunday morning was dreary, but by early afternoon things brightened up enough to try to get back into the blind.

Crescent Bend was a good choice.

Plenty of good birds to be found and pleasantly filtered/diffused light made for some good shots. For me, the highlight of the day was catching a Carolina Wren. I have plenty of pictures of Bewick’s Wrens, but Carolinas always seem to elude me.

Not on this day.

Of the bursts of shots I made, I have three I’m happy with. That includes two of a particular bird drying itself after a good bath. I’ve processed two of the three shots. The third will be there soon. I still can’t keep up with processing.

About the image:
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
Bexar County, Texas – March 2021
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron 150-600 (Gen 1)
Tripod w/Wimberley gimbal head
ISO 400, 1/160 at f/11 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1053
Image Size in Portfolio: 3664×2931

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