I know there is still a day left in June but tomorrow is a gym day so my June Challenge is officially over. This is my 4th year of doing the June Challenge and is the first that I managed to photograph over 100 species of birds. I actually managed to get 101 species and saw or heard another half dozen or so that I didn’t get on film.
This year has actually been much more of a challenge than past years and I only managed to bird less than half the month and of those days I really only “birded” 5 or 6 days. I have just not had the motivation to get out in the heat and bugs.
Part of the reason for my lack of motivation is that Terri and I are going to Alaska on a cruise in a little over a month and I am already getting so excited. I’ve been doing a lot of pre-planning and also studying the potential new birds that I might see.
Unfortunately my 100-400 lens broke a couple of weeks ago and I decided to order a Tamron 150-600 lens instead of getting this one fixed. My birding buddy Linda let me use her 100-400 for most of the month and I still have a Canon 70-300 that I’ve used the last week or so. The above pictures were taken with the 70-300!
I’m looking forward to the Fall migration and my two trips out to Western PBC showed a lot of promising fields for shorebird migration. There seems to be more sod fields this year and less sugar cane. I’m excited about using my new lens on the shorebirds, that is when I finally do get it (it’s back ordered right now).
The blog may be a little slower in July as I prepare for Alaska but hopefully my new lens will arrive and of course I’ll want to get out and show how good it is! Thank you so much for following and as always God Bless!