I first came upon this bird on the Bauline Line Extension road where it was eating the salt on the side of the road. Those pictures didn't turn out. I later saw it again during the winter sitting atop some very high trees. Those pictures didn't turn out.
It is such a tease when this great bird about the size of a robin flies in and I can't get a picture of it. It sings loudly and distinctly. It is very easy to know when they are in the area even when they are not visible. When I heard them, I pulled off the road and waited. Within minutes they would show up, but always seemed to be too far away or in poor lighting conditions.
Recently, I went on a bird tour to the Southern Shore. We were birding Bear Cove Road and up pop two Pine Grosbeaks, not too far away. However, the sun was rising behind them and all I got was a silhouette.
It is a great feeling of accomplishment to finally capture a shot of a sought-after bird. I continue to be awed by the number of species of birds that can be seen in Newfoundland. I have profiled over 100 species in about five months and I still have many yet to come.
If I run out of species to profile, I will continue to upgrade the quality of the photos.
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