Project 365 / Day 59 – Be Happy With What You Have



Purple Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper

Canvas Back Duck

Canvas Back Duck

You know that Rolling Stones song? “You Can’t Always Get What You Want…But if you try sometimes, you’ll find… get what you need?”

Well, the last couple of birding expeditions I’ve gone on this past week, this song rings true. I go out with visions of what I will find and what their photographs will look like.

Seems the ducks and swans have different ideas. It’s as if they know I’m coming to take their photo and decide to not cooperate. Today, I went out to find a Wood Duck, but instead came home with these little beauties. Even though I didn’t get what I wanted, I certainly am happy with what I found.

Canon 7d, 500mm L, Aperture Priority at f/7.1. Daylight white balance with minor Lightroom adjustments.

38 thoughts on “Project 365 / Day 59 – Be Happy With What You Have

  1. Wow, these are brilliant. I love them all, but the picture Canvas Back Duck is remarkable. I love the water drops and red eyes!! Gorgeous 🙂

  2. I love the way you captured the drops of water coming down from the beak of the duck and how the water ripples as it paddles underneath. A photo that speaks.

  3. Lovely photographs, Emily, and you are right, when we hold too firmly to preconceived ideas we miss out on alot of joy along the way. Happy St Davids Day from Wales. We are going off to the Parade and taking my camera with me to capture who knows what!!

  4. Great captures!!!! I can hardly WAIT until spring to get out so I can get out and try the bird photo lottery. I know exactly what you mean. I have spent hours driving, walking, hunting for them, click the shutter a few hundred times and then…find three or four worth keeping – truly a labor of love isn’t it? 🙂

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