Monday, 12 August 2019

The Inept Birder

I follow someone on Twitter who calls themself @TheIneptBirder. They are the go-to person for sharing self-deprecating bird fail photos. It really is funny! Various people help one another attempt to ID really bad photos of birds who are totally uncooperative. I know many have talked about bird butt photos!

Gone are the days of 24 images per film. It's better to happily snap and hope for the best! My videocamera covers up mistakes, as one can select an image from it. (That's the only way I can capture lightning!)
The wren is very fast.
Clip4 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Then, there is the sparrow. It's not bad, but they are so flitty!
sparrow from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

My trailcam has been the same. When I go through several weeks with nothing but Butch Raccoon on the memory card, I ought to have given myself a shake! I did. I moved the camera.

Now, there are many things to keep in mind. Trees and grasses trigger the motion sensor. You should face it north, which is tricky with trees and all. The idea is to set it up in a known high-traffic area. Sometimes I pick up traffic, as well! In this case, the grasses were moving  in the wind.

 Then, when I went down to fetch the memory card, I realized there were leaves flapping in front of the camera. sigh.


Sunday morning, in my jammies and housecoat, I went to fetch the cards.

It was brisk, but the mosquitoes were few and far between in the cold. On Oliver's Lot, I saw a nice buck. By the time I'd pulled out my videocamera, GONE! This is the second time this has happened. I fooled them, though. They had some up from the meadow.

deer from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

I haven't seen our bear in a month. They trapped one in the spring and took it off to a forest. I get them infrequently on the trailcam.

The big news in Perth: bear who had been on the loose on Sunday. They captured and moved it.
a bear wandering in town
The green dragonfly was co-operative!

Then, there are the hundreds of monarch caterpillars. They are slower moving and are easier to photograph. Not only that, but this plant, beside the front step, has had 6 caterpillars. I keep moving them, but this photo has four on it now.

We have a little patch of catnip and Annabelle approved! I pick a plant now and then.

Look at the wild grapes! I'm going to watch the birds go after these, if I remember and I am quick enough.

Our monument to our three black cats has officially fallen apart. This is what it looked like. The wood has finally split.

I repainted it and will look for another place for it.

Happy summer!


Anvilcloud said...

I saw about that bear on FB or Twitter.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
such abundance - always a joy to see your images, in whatever shape they are!!! YAM xx

eileeninmd said...


Summer is almost over. Love the photos and your cute kitties. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead. PS, thanks for the comment on my blog.

Christine said...

I remember 24 images per film.

Nancy J said...

Smiling Sunflowers and a black cat on the fence, outside in jamas, here I have on a fleece dressing gown, and gumboots to get the mail or paper at 7 a.m.!!

Hootin' Anni said...

LOVE your cat 'memorial'!! Seems to me you have a wondrous, natural place to call home.

RedPat said...

You are going to have lots of Monarchs soon! I love the black cat.

Red said...

Now did one of the trail cams catch the pajama girl!!!

E. Beth. said...

wow, love your caterpillar close up ...what a great shot. love it!! have a great week. hope u r well. ( :

William Kendall said...

You captured Annabelle in a deliriously happy moment.