Change Is Hard

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Bits of gold flit over the pond


Last night, while eating dinner, I noticed a bunch of little birds, darting around like bats, over the pond across the street. What caught my attention was that they were glowing in the early evening sunlight.

What ARE those?

There’s a lot of shrubs and trees between me and the pond so I couldn’t get a very good look. But there seemed to be a flurry of unusual activity. All I usually see over there is one kngfisher, a heron and sometimes an egret.

Now I was seeing dozens of birds darting up and down and around above the water.

Darting around like bats, it was hard to get them in focus.

So after dinner I put my long lens on the camera and wandered over there. I tried to stay in the shadows so as not to spook the birds that were wheeling high overhead, then darting down near the water and back toward the trees.

Shooting into the sun was creating unrecognizable sillouettes.

With the sun so low they were lit up like gold ornaments, but I couldn’t get a good look at them myself. Staring into the sun I couldn’t even get the camera to focus on them, no matter how high I set the shutter speed.

A little bit of a hint here.

I was just about to give up when I noticed several of the birds were roosting in the dead branchs of a tree.

I think these might be….

But every time I moved to get a better angle they’d fly away. I wasn’t sure, but I was beginning to think I knew what they were.

Flashing a wing at me.

The distinctive shape. The flash of yellow on the tail.

If you love birds you’ve probably already figured out what they were. I never got really good pictures, but it was fun trying.

And if you guessed cedar waxwings you’d be right!

I got much better images of cedar waxwings last year at a rest stop, but this little photo shoot, resulting in not much more than out of focus blobs, was fun too.

And then the sun lit up the thistle.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

15 thoughts on “Bits of gold flit over the pond

  1. I did guess! What an enchanting sight that must have been!

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  2. Cedar waxwings always look perfectly dressed. Maybe that’s why they party together so much!

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  3. Thanks for reminding me there is still a most magical world out there amidst this depressing pandemic! Love the amazing colors.

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  4. Fun photos, quick little birds!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  5. I’d have thought these were bats, too — and stayed FAR away! This is a lesson to me: grow a spine, or you’ll miss out on a lot of pretty and interesting things. Thanks for showing me, Dawn!

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  6. Beautiful observation! And the thistles are nice, too.

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  7. The mysteries of bird watching! Glad you figured out that gold flash. We don’t usually see cedar waxwings, but they are up this far.

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