On Martin Luther King Day, I woke up at 4:00am for a drive out to the beach. Wanting to arrive for dawn, I shot the beach the lazy way. Handheld and high ISO’s. I then quickly changed my lens to the beast – the 500mm L, in hopes of some beautiful birds along the sunrise.
While I thought it was a great idea, it turned out to be a bad idea. As I had discovered that I had left my iPhone at home, and didn’t have a second camera with a regular lens on it. As I turned around with the sunrise to my back, and the sunrise was reflecting beautifully in the clouds about Ocean City. The colors were muted purples and pinks. Alas, I was unable to capture the full scene as I wasn’t prepared.
I was in search for a number of wintering water birds in the inlet. Trolling the inlet for about four hours, I met a number of birders, even a couple from Illinois was there. Loons were bouncing in the waves. Every once and a while, you’d hear their haunting call.
When I had arrived at 6:45 a.m., a tourist went out on the rip-rap and flushed out a flock of little birds. It wasn’t until about 10:00am until 34 charming Purple Sandpipers returned to sleep on the rocks. Watching them, I saw several of them hopping around on one leg. I was starting to think that the flock had some kind of genetic defect. Come to find out, they like to hop around on one foot as the other one suddenly appears.
Bouncing up and down in the surf was a large number of long-tailed ducks. I could have spent all day trying to capture them. My poor lens and camera was having such a hard time keeping focus on a moving bird in moving waves.
It was a long day and when I returned, this is how I felt