15 Minutes of Excitement!

Spent the afternoon at the “Matenkosky NWR” or maybe “The Backcountry NWR”, haven’t decided what to call my backyard ‘refuge’. Anyway, it was a pretty boring afternoon. I had hoped for the Yellow-rumped Warblers that I’ve been courting these last few days to get closer, but no luck…..until near sunset.

All of the sweet light had vanished and all of a sudden this Yellow-rumped Warbler decided to perch on one of my “calibrated” sticks…Jackpot! I got two nice photos.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Figuring I can now pack up and go back to the house, then I saw a Lawrence’s Goldfinch! I saw a pair of them a few days ago and never saw them again. This time I saw two males hanging around….Jackpot again!

Lawrence's Goldfinch

Lawrence's Goldfinch

So I had 4 hours of boredom and 15 minutes of excitement!

Mike Matenkosky

Mike is a Central Valley California landscape and nature photographer whose subjects include scenes from Merced County, Yosemite, SeKi, and the eastern Sierra. He is currently living in Atwater, CA.

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  1. Worth every minute! Your patients was greatly rewarded here! Fantastic shots. And your knowledge of spotting all these beautiful varieties of birds is fantastic.


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