Sometimes even the most careful nature photographer can get a little over-excited at the arrival of spring. So many new subjects, everything green and growing and the implied promise of a fresh start. WC has taken something like 1,500 photos already this month. And there’s still a a week of this month to go.
A few of WC’s readers have complained that there have been too many bird photos and not enough commentary lately. Someone claims to have counted: at least 18 bird photos in the last week alone. WC’s correspondents point to the various crises facing America, Alaska and Idaho, the folly of The Donald, disastrous earthquakes and the terrifying evidence of rapid climate change. Why, they ask, isn’t WC blogging about those important issues?
Sure, sometimes WC gets a little overenthusiastic about birds. Ask any of his friends or neighbors. There’s a serious MEGO factor.1 But spring, spring migration and early summer birding only happens once a year. Put another way, the Magpie Principle is just a little bit reduced this time of year.
- My Eyes Glaze Over. ↩