Finding new birds to photograph is a bird photographers dream. It often comes, however, with the stress of trying to properly identify the new bird as well as photographing it.
Yesterday I found myself on a dirty, dusty gravel road in a remote part of my neck of the woods in search of new birds to photograph. This particular road is one I rarely travel. It hasn’t produced much in the past but it was a short cut to a spot I wanted to check for burrowing owls so I opted to take it.
To my surprise while on this road I came across a long legged, brown colored bird standing on a railroad tie fence post. I stopped the truck and quickly took a shot so I could later look it up in my bird books. It seemed quite content to sit and let me photograph it so I slowly pulled closer to get a better shot.
This was a bird I had seen before but have never photographed so I was at a loss to its identity. After a long search through my many bird books and apps I came to the conclusion it is a willet, a summer migrant to this part of the country.
Bird identifying has been and will always be my weakness. But finding new birds and eventually identifying it is one of the great pleasures of bird watching and bird photography.