There’s a reason why I’m copping an attitude. You see, my little house that I set up with my mockingbird love is just near the kitchen door. Inside the nest are four little ones that need lots of food and protection.
Little did we know that when we picked our real estate spot, cats like Tuxedo and Sunshine wandered below. So here I am, setting up the alarm for hours while the cats lay in the shade.
I’m not too worried about the white cat. She likes to eat and sleep most of the time. But I’m still keeping a close eye on her.
But the black cat. That evil sneaky little devil. The known bird assassin. All of the birds around the neighborhood know about the black cat. In fact, there is a wanted poster in the bird’s clubhouse. He is known far and wide for climbing up trees and finding babies. I don’t care that he’s gotten older and has lost the taste for little baby birds. Once a killer, always a killer.
The human keeps popping out with that weird thing in her hands. Why doesn’t she just take those cats and put them back inside where they belong? Stupid cats. How dare they just lay around taunting me? Don’t they know I’m busy? I’ve got babies to feed. Oh wait….
Phew ! They’re finally going in. Now I can take off and rest a bit. All this alarm calling is exhausting.
Background of this post: It took all day to capture this scene. The Mockingbird and his mate sit on the metal statue only in the mornings. Grabbing the Canon Mark III and the 500mm lens, I was able to get these uncropped closeups of the bird. However, the cats were much less cooperative as models.
In the middle of the day, we discovered where the nest was. So I grabbed a ladder and changed the lens to the 24-105mm. Climbing up with the mockingbird keeping a close eye on me, I captured the babies waiting to be fed. Again..the cats were not cooperative models.
Early evening now, the cats are finally lounging around like I hoped they would. Crawling on the ground I was able to capture them.
Edits in the new Lightroom version 5.0 have proved to be spectacular. I discovered the new Radial Filter video tutorial and quickly applied it to the cat portraits. I love this new feature and can’t wait to find out what else is new with the upgraded version of Lightroom.