All photos taken with a Sony A7III and an E55-210 f/4.5-6.3 OSS lens
Last Wednesday, April 24, I had an appointment with my eye doctor, whose office is just at the periphery of Lincoln Park. She was going to have a maternity leave, so she had to see her patients before her leave. The exam was thorough – my right blind eye is stable and my functioning left eye is holding, doing work for two. Of course they had to dilate my eyes, so after the appointment, I had to wear sunglasses as I felt my way through to the bus stop.
But since I was near Lincoln Park, I decided to go around the North Pond to see if birds have come in by this time and if they had, photograph some.
Big mistake. I had so much difficulty in focusing because my good eye was just too dilated so too much light entered my eye.
There was a regular birder there who I have seen before. He kindly offered to take me along his route (a big thanks!) and pointed out to me several birds that I would not have seen. Unfortunately, the drug has not worn off yet while I was shadowing him, so my photos were just atrocious.
Toward the end though, we saw the reason that he was there that morning – a sora – that was reported by some other birders the day before. We were ecstatic. Sora is a member of the rail family and it is a small bird, so you hardly see them. They are not rare, they hang out in wetlands and marshes, but not common in this part of the Illinois.
I tried really hard to focus on the sora, and I think I got one or two passable ones. (I didn’t have my birder camera/lens with me, all I had was my walking lens.)
But nonetheless, his was a lifer for me.
There were two other lifers that I couldn’t take photos of (I did, but they were nowhere in the photos hah) – a white-throated sparrow and a swamp sparrow. They were not really lifers because I have seen them before, BUT, I didn’t know what they were.
I wasted so many shots. Never again would I go out with eyes dilated.