Turkey family on a neighborhood fence

I’ll admit it, I sometimes feel frustrated at my failure to capture awesome shots of bald eagles, green kingfishers, kingbirds, hummingbirds, and other beautiful local birds. It’s too easy for me to start thinking that my equipment isn’t good enough or my technique is useless, that I’m doing nothing more than wasting time and money on my photography hobby. I’ve been struggling a bit more since buying my first DSLR; but deep down, I know my problem isn’t the equipment.

Juvenile bald eagles #1 and #2; Lake Natoma, June 30, 2017

I’m impatient! I want to be able to shoot all the things, right now — but success takes a lot of time and practice, a lot of trial and error, and a clear vision regarding the type of subjects I want to shoot and that I’m good at capturing. I’ve shot an awful lot of boring photos over the years, so that’s nothing new; but every once in awhile, in the middle of all those mediocre, blurry, or overly ambitious shots I’ll grab an image that makes it all worthwhile.

Juvenile bald eagle, June 30, 2017
Acorn woodpecker, Lake Natoma; June 2019

When I was growing up, we always had a covey of quail hanging around the flowering quince bush in our front yard. I became so accustomed to seeing these shy little birds that it never occurred to me they wouldn’t always be around. Nowadays, it’s become my challenge to spot — and hopefully to  photograph — some of the many quail in and around Negro Bar. So far, this is my best shot:

I’m not sure what type of bird this is; I interrupted her dust bath as I hiked up the hill near the bluffs. She was so determined to finish her cleaning routine that I stopped and waited. It gave me a chance to catch my breath and take a drink of water, so I didn’t mind too much.

I found this bird along the shore of Lake Natoma in July 2016 (shot with my palm-sized Fujifilm camera); I’m guessing it’s a juvenile scrub jay. The spider web in the top left of the second image was just a small bonus.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Nature Niche

Natural History/Nature Photography/Nature

Travels and Trifles

Expressing Thought Through Photography

Dutch goes the Photo!

Focus Hocus Pocus

Sagittarius Viking

Mindful exploring, through the eyes of a viking daughter.

Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

Welcome to the Anglo Swiss World

Rantings Of A Third Kind

The Blog about everything and nothing and it's all done in the best possible taste!

The Geeky Gaeilgeoir

Musings on, and sometimes in, the Irish language

Street Photography

Straßenfotografie • Beobachtungen am Wegesrand


There is no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.

What's (in) the Picture?

Chris Breebaart Photography - finding stories

Photo de rue

Dealer d'histoires photographiques

The NorCal Hiker

Exploring California, one trail at a time

An Appetite For Beauty

'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,'—that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

Alois Absenger


Christine J Randall

writing fantasy for your entertainment

The Photographer Smiled...

... when she finally got the picture

Parkway Blog

An American River Parkway Preservation Society Weblog

Daily Feline Wisdom

Wise cats help you be more like them

phppi street photography

In this blog I will cover all your questions on street photography and cityscape photography

The Showers of Blessings

Giving and Receiving Blessings

Back Garden Moths

Photographing and Recording The Moths of A Staffordshire Garden


Hiking & Photography, MYOG & Ultralight Gear

Footloose Forever

Travel Diary of A Wandering Mind

The Way I Am

Live everyday as if it was your last




All images © I-Shan Lin

Friendly Fairy Tales

Celebrating Nature and Magic for Kids of all Ages


Decades of her words.

Sauce Box

Never get lost in the Sauce

Laidback Gardener

Welcome to Larry Hodgson’s world

Joshi Daniel Photography

Images of People Photoblog

Third Time Lucky!

....how I conquered Wordpress...


A painter's diary of life in the rugged North West of Ireland

%d bloggers like this: