There is, a thought where, to paraphrase Kahil Gibran, “You and the Subject are One: The Difference is in Heartbeats.”
There can be no doubt that photographing birds can be a somewhat hit and miss affair.
Not every bird is ready for its space to be invaded by a stumbling human with a long lens attached to a camera, no matter what the good intentions.
Some birds never allow close approaches. Yet on rare occasions for their own reasons will swing in close and the heartbeats somehow synchronise for a few brief moments.
A couple of Hobbys (Not sure if they are a pair or perhaps siblings from a recent nesting) were working over the treelines. It was easy to follow their progress as the agitated calls of White-plumed and New Holland Honeyeaters announced their travel through the treelines.
One of the pair stopped long enough perhaps to appraise the situation and take stock of the next opportunity. This bird swung in over the top and the first bird abandoned the perch.
This moment shows the second bird balancing its landing and slowly folding up the wings in preparation for also taking its own survey.
Did it know I was there? Of course. But for just a few moments our heartbeats aligned.
A quick look around, and satisfied there was little to eat in the area, it was off across the paddock at full tilt. Gone was the heartbeat moment.
5 thoughts on “Saturday Evening Post #187: In Heartbeats”
So true David it is but a heartbeat in many cases we try to catch that moment that bird. Lovely capture of the hobby, what a beautiful tail plumage many of these raptors have.
A moment where heartbeats united and was over in a heartbeat.
A fine image with a fabulous look at the raised tail! Lovely to see!
I really enjoyed your very poetic (with a little help of Khalil Gibran) description of this special moment of our encounter with Nature. The photo is a fitting and beautiful bonus.
These photos are incredible. Looks like a painting.
Such a beautiful portrait of the Hobby landing. A wonderful moment – thanks for sharing it with us.