Today I have some clandestine photos to share with you, dear Readers. Provided on a need-to-know basis. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. The subjects are well camouflaged.
I recently went on a short walk with my son for the purpose of some online activity. Suddenly I heard the unmistakable sound of a bird of prey. “What was that?” I exclaimed. “Oh yeah,” my son said, “two sparrow-hawks nest in those pine trees over there.” To say I was indignant, Ladies and Gentlemen, was a total understatement. I demanded to know why this information had been withheld from me. Was the information top-secret, only to be disclosed to those who ‘need-to-know’? Well, no. He just forgot. Can you really believe that?
Upon returning home, I quickly found the energy to reprise the walk. I grabbed my all-seeing love and camera; conducted a reccie of the nesting site.
My partner is the compass to my map. He can spot birds high in the tree tops. And he did. Unfortunately, as a trainee bird snapper, I’ve come to know that a clear shot of the quarry almost never occurs. Or the quarry is so well camouflaged that the camera struggles on auto-focus. It is clear to me that I am going to have to learn how to manual focus. But today was not the day to learn, so I relinquished the camera to he who knows. And voilà, one sparrowhawk. Magnifique.
I wondered just who was spying on whom? I started to get a complex when a drone appeared. We speculated on what the sparrow-hawk would make of it. But the sparrow-hawk did not reveal its whereabouts. “Oi,” I whispered, pointing to the drone, “take a shot.” He paused. “Please,” I added. And he did.
More training was necessary. Eyes in tow, we ventured further afield. Was it a rock or something else? Did it move? The sound of honking provided a clue. Ideas?
The flash of white sealed its fate. The nose knows. Magpie geese. Confirmed to shoot. And he did!
Perhaps I should have left it there. But, oh no. More practice. More research. More derring-do. But, you now what? Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. It is strictly need-to-know. Suffice to say, I took lots of snaps of weed. Have patience, dear Readers, for soon all will be revealed. Trust me.
This is my response to the Ragtag Daily Prompt — Camouflage. Click on the link to join in.