Sitting, or standing as it were, at a nest site for long hours is something I have done alot over the decades. Nesting birds perform on demand or on a schedule, they do it all on their own time. That gives one time to ponder the questions of time, or clean their nails.
There are many cool moments to be seen and photographed at an active nest. Many want to get the “flyin,” when the adult brings the fish into the nest. Me, I kinda like the antics after that event.
As is so aptly put by Jay Maisel, we’re looking for light, color and gesture. The light in this case is fading as the sun sets. The color is constantly changing as the clouds float by behind the subject and in front of the sun and the gesture, that’s the biology.
And here’s the deal, take your eye from the viewfinder for a second and you will miss the shot. How do I know this? I’ve suffered from that plight way too many times!
And then there are those moments when the artsy-fartsy appears before ya and you know you’ve paid your dues for the day. Time, it does cure so much in life and photography!
Photos captured by D3s, 600VR / 600VR w/TC-20e / 600VR on Lexar UDMA digital film