When your subject flies right in front of your lens

Photo: A Grey Jay having a snack © Serge Gouin 2018

I am not much of a landscape or wildlife photographer but I do enjoy hiking and the outdoors. Obviously I carry my camera with me most times and try to capture some of my surroundings. Sometimes, you are lucky and the subject imposes himself to you. That is exactly what happened to me over the Christmas holidays as a few birds have flown right in front of my lens.

The first one was a woodpecker chewing a hydro post that must have been infected with some tasty insects. He was easy to spot with his red head… The funny thing, which I did not manage to capture, was when a squirrel walked down the post. The bird did not seem very stressed about it but only spread his wings wide to scare the squirrel away. It worked.

Woodpecker taking a snack off of a Hydro post. © Serge Gouin 2018

Second were some Grey Jay‘s that came to eat on some food we put on the table outside the cottage on Lac Villebon, near La Verendrye Park where we spent a day.

© Serge Gouin 2018
© Serge Gouin 2018
© Serge Gouin 2018

Finally, when I climbed up the mountain on my father in law’s property I noticed that a Black-capped chickadee nearly hit me in the head while I was trying to take a panoramic shot of the landscape. I then tried to photograph that same bird (with my iPhone) and he nearly hit me. I only managed to have a picture with a blurred bird pretty close so I wondered: “If I put my hand out he might land on it…” Sure enough, as soon as I stick it out he came and landed on it. I took a few pictures and a video but I left him alone with the promises of coming back the next day with some food (with the kids and a real camera)…

Iphone photo of a Black Capped Chickadee. © Serge Gouin 2018
© Serge Gouin 2018

My mom LOVED birds and on my way back down, I could not help but think of her, as if it was her way to come and say hi… Hi mom!

© Serge Gouin 2018
© Serge Gouin 2018
© Serge Gouin 2018

Let me take this opportunity to wish you a happy and exciting 2019.

Should you wish to jump in front of my lens, do not hesitate to contact me with your ideas!