Curious Cardinal

Curious Cardinal 2When I arrived at my father’s house, he told me about a cardinal that tries to enter his old shed every morning.

Well, I certainly had nothing better to do… So, the following morning I set up inside the shop. I put a single flash on the outside of the door and triggered it remotely from inside. I put my camera on a tripod and manually focused it by guessing about where the bird would be. I triggered the camera remotely as well, so that I could stay back from the door as to not scare off any incoming avian creatures.

It should be noted that I am not a patient being. Although I am a hunter of deer, I’ve never been able to hold still for more than 2-3 hours at a time. When I was younger, I would take naps, or read, while my dad scouted the area. Now, I will usually just get up and walk around. None of these methods is very conducive to finding an animal that has such heightened senses.

So, I waited and waited for this red bird to come darting at me. All the while, I tried to figure out why it would want in at all.

For 45 minutes I waited in the muggy shed. Nothing.

The the sun came out and an array of birds started flying all over the backyard. Inside the building, an array of devilish creatures started buzzing all around my head.

Wasps and hornets circled the humid enclosure searching for a way out. They hung close to the filthy windows and the dirty glass door. This is what the card wanted.

So badly, that it daily dove headfirst into a hard, transparent surface.

Before I knew it, the predatory bird darted at the door. He was so quick that I couldn’t see him, but luckily, my trigger finger was ready. I got off a few quick fires before he left. I continued to wait, hoping he would come back and spend a bit more time chasing his hopeless dream.

He didn’t come back. And I didn’t get the shot I had imagined, but then again, I rarely do.

2 Responses to Curious Cardinal

  1. Marcia says:

    Zach, I saw this cardinal when I was housesitting for your Dad.
    I think this is a great shot.

  2. zachgray says:

    Thanks, Marcia! He’s a curious fella. I may have to try it again from another angle next time I’m home.

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Curious Cardinal 2When I arrived at my father’s house, he told me about a cardinal that tries to enter his old shed every morning.

Well, I certainly had nothing better to do… So, the following morning I set up inside the shop. I put a single flash on the outside of the door and triggered it remotely from inside. I put my camera on a tripod and manually focused it by guessing about where the bird would be. I triggered the camera remotely as well, so that I could stay back from the door as to not scare off any incoming avian creatures.

It should be noted that I am not a patient being. Although I am a hunter of deer, I’ve never been able to hold still for more than 2-3 hours at a time. When I was younger, I would take naps, or read, while my dad scouted the area. Now, I will usually just get up and walk around. None of these methods is very conducive to finding an animal that has such heightened senses.

So, I waited and waited for this red bird to come darting at me. All the while, I tried to figure out why it would want in at all.

For 45 minutes I waited in the muggy shed. Nothing.

The the sun came out and an array of birds started flying all over the backyard. Inside the building, an array of devilish creatures started buzzing all around my head.

Wasps and hornets circled the humid enclosure searching for a way out. They hung close to the filthy windows and the dirty glass door. This is what the card wanted.

So badly, that it daily dove headfirst into a hard, transparent surface.

Before I knew it, the predatory bird darted at the door. He was so quick that I couldn’t see him, but luckily, my trigger finger was ready. I got off a few quick fires before he left. I continued to wait, hoping he would come back and spend a bit more time chasing his hopeless dream.

He didn’t come back. And I didn’t get the shot I had imagined, but then again, I rarely do.

2 Responses to Curious Cardinal

  1. Marcia says:

    Zach, I saw this cardinal when I was housesitting for your Dad.
    I think this is a great shot.

  2. zachgray says:

    Thanks, Marcia! He’s a curious fella. I may have to try it again from another angle next time I’m home.

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