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2021 Shooting Day #11 – Meadowlark Blind

September 20, 2021
© Jim Miller – Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys)

After a good day at Walden Ponds, where I did an inordinate amount of walking, the following day was set to be the day we christened the Meadowlark Blind for photography.

Truth be told, it was still a work in progress. But as I remember for the day that I shot the Transition Ranch before it was complete, good shots can still be had when everything is not yet perfect.

I was shooting, as I always have now in the Meadowlark Blind, with my traveling and shooting companion. She remembered most everything from our time in Texas, though the tripod head was giving her fits.

In our initial shots we discovered that the background was not perfect because of the tree line far in the distance. It was also this day that we discovered the slope into the pond was too steep and the birds were not able to get their bathing or drinking as easily as they should. There was nothing we could easily do about the line of trees. We chalked that up to something that would have to be resolved through building up the dirt behind the shooting area. But we immediately conspired to get the pond right, which we would do a few weeks later.

For all of the issues with the blind, it was still a wonderful day of discovery. I made a little over 1200 shots that day, with keeper/portfolio shots from two new species for me: Lark Buntings and Horned Larks. I also got a couple usable shots of Red-winged Blackbirds but they are not a new species for me.

We also spotted, but did not get shots worthy of making into the portfolio, of: Common Grackles, Western Meadowlarks, and Vesper Sparrows.

Total Species Count: 7

Not too shabby for a first day in a new blind.

About the Image
Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys)
Elbert County, Colorado – June 2021
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron 150-600 (Gen 1)
Tripod w/Wimberley gimbal head
ISO 400, 1/250 at f/16 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1109
Image Size in Portfolio: 3864×3091

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