Photographing wildlife definitely has its ups and downs. Sometimes, the action can be non-stop; other times, not so much. During slow times, it is easy to convince myself that nothing will show up. Therefore, I get antsy, want to pack up my gear, and find something more productive to do. Or, hopeful of seeing something, I tend to look around a lot more, with quicker movements.
A new snowfall event lured me out to Swan Lake State Park last Saturday. I figured the snow would add interest to ducks-in-flight images.
As the morning hours waned, boredom set in. The ducks were not cooperating. So, sitting in my blind, I started packing my gear. Yet, I kept looking out the window, hopeful of seeing something. Finally, a Wilson’s Snipe flew by and landed within 20’ of me, almost disappearing behind the cattails. It wasn’t a duck but I was pleased to see it.
After getting some images of the snipe hidden behind the cattails, I waited. I hoped that it would move through the cattails and pose on the front side, providing a better view. After checking out the neighborhood and doing some preening of its feathers, the snipe did move. And fortunately, it moved right where I wanted it to go.
Left undisturbed, wildlife moves at its own pace. If you go out to view wildlife and not much seems to be happening, sit down and sit still. Wait 10-15 minutes (or longer) and see what shows up. If I had given up, I would have missed the snipe entirely.