Yesterday I had an immature Sage Thrasher get so close to me that I was able to take portraits of it as it perched out in the open. I was photographing another thrasher on a pile of brush when I took my eye away from the view finder long enough to adjust a setting and when I did I saw this young thrasher perched even closer, it must have flown in while I was focused on the other bird. So I turned my focus onto it.
When I am presented with the opportunity like I was yesterday where a subject moves or flies in this close to me my instinct is to take portraits of it, I don’t hesitate, I take them. It kind of seems silly to me not to take them when I have the chance to.
I spend a great deal of time in the field and I know that opportunities like I had yesterday with this thrasher perching so close to me don’t happen all that often.
This is a section of the image above but at 100% resolution. I can see the rictal bristles above the gape, a smudge of dirt below that, the dirt on the bird’s bill and I can count the feathers that circle this young thrasher’s golden eye. I love the details and the clarity I can see in portraits.
I was able to take about a hundred images of this immature Sage Thrasher before it flew away and I am glad that I was able to take those images.
Life is good.