Since I don’t have any decent Cedar Waxwing shots in my image gallery, I headed out first thing in the morning to the park entrance road where I had previously noticed them hunting insects over the pond by the side of the road. I naively was hoping to get close enough for some flight shots, but that idea went out the window rather quickly and I soon was trying to figure how to get them to land in resting perches close enough, as well as out of dense foliage, that I could at least get some closeup still shots. Took a little patience but I was rewarded with a few decent shots after spending about two hours plus in the effort.
After finding my back road birding venture yesterday rather interesting, I figured I would try another of the routes this morning. Well, this one was a complete washout. As I said before, early August is not the time to be doing this, most of the action is in the spring and fall. On the way back to the campground, I figured I may as well go back to the Kelley Slough area I visited yesterday and check on the White Pelicans. Well, now I see how they survive out here, as clearly they don’t depend on this one body of water to survive. Of the several hundred that were here yesterday afternoon, only 3 or 4 individuals were puttering around the pond today. What were here today in large numbers were ducks, not sure, but probably Pintails, I am not very good at identifying female and immature ducks.
While glassing the pond from the observation platform, I found myself in the midst of several barn swallows swooping above and around me, harvesting some of the plague of mosquitos around this body of water. Since I had nothing better to do, I figured I would try another exercise in futility and get some Barn swallow flight shots, since they sometimes were coming within six or eight feet of where I was standing. Trying to focus a large hand held lens on small birds moving as fast and erratically as these swallows do turns out to be nearly impossible, at least for me. They are so close that there just is no way to follow and focus in time to get a shot. Got a few almost acceptable images of them overhead, but just couldn’t get any of the close shots I really was hoping I might get. Still, a fun time trying.
Back to the RV and spent several hours processing images and working on blog entries. I am starting to realize that my Verizon Jet Pac monthly 5 GB package is just not going to work with my blogging and website work. I signed up for a 2 year deal of 5 GB at $50 per month last fall when I embarked for my 5 month pre retirement winter trip. While very pleased with the way the Jet pac works, and the coverage of the Verizon system, 5 GB is really only adequate for normal web surfing and email use, no video watching or blog and website uploading, or that 5 GB disappears in the rear view mirror all but instantly.
Early on in my preparations for fulltiming, I discovered the blog of Technomadia, a young couple that fulltime in a bus conversion and work from their mobile office on wheels. It is a very informative source for all your on the road connectivity solutions, as well as other basic info concerning fulltiming. They use an outfit by the name of Millenicom that offers a package of 20 GB per month for $70 and the coverage is still through the Verizon system. Although I will of course have to pay a penalty to Verizon for dropping their package prematurely, I guess the time has come to make the switch.