Started out early in the morning and one of the first birds I encountered was one of my favorite sparrows, the Black-throated Sparrow. They are one of the most handsome sparrows and are fairly easy to identify for novice birders. And they happen to be fairly abundant in the right habitat. But sometimes I hear them more than I see them. They spend most of there time on the ground or in low desert bushes. This one was staring at me intently as I attempted to capture a photo at such an early hour of the morning.
Another bird that I found and was surprised to see so many in the town of Superior, were the Northern Cardinals. They are so distinctive, especially the males, and such a bright spot when found. This male posed long enough on the top of a tree to allow me to capture a photo.
Also in abundance were many Western Kingbirds. These birds are always nice to see as they remind me of growing up on the farm in Nebraska where they would visit us every summer. While I saw several of them in Superior, one of them in particular kind of made my day in allowing a fun sequence of photos. It was perched at the top of a tall cypress and as I was taking photos, it took off for another tree, but in the process I captured 3 photos that almost show in slow motion the lifting off from the tree. In the first photo, it is sitting and observing its domain and probably watching for flying insects.
The next photo shows it getting ready for take off.
And finally the launch into the air.
I consider those types of shots as pure luck and I also had a juvenile Vermilion Flycatcher also perform a similar maneuver. It was sitting on a chain link fence railing and being very cooperative with me while I was shooting and then decided to launch into flight mode as I was shooting.
Next thing I knew, it had decided to take flight while the camera was shooting.
Birds can be so amazing and are extremely fascinating to watch and observe. So much of what they do is so fast that we do not always see what is truly happening. Being able to capture photos helps to relive the day and the fun.