Before I start on the trip though, there’s other big news: I got a camera. And it’s awesome. I finally felt bad enough about my iPhone-held-up-to-binoculars setup to do some research and plunk down some cash. I settled on the Canon EOS 60D, with a 70-300mm zoom lens. It may not be the rig of a serious wildlife photographer, but it’s a hell of a lot of camera for a stooge like me. And I’m stoked.
The festival hasn’t officially started, but since it starts for me at 6 AM sharp tomorrow, I figured I ought to make ready. Not wanting to spend an extra vacation day traveling, I took a red-eye from L.A. to Orlando last night, then spent most of today working from my sister’s place in nearby Winter Springs. (Yes, I’m tired.) Mid-afternoon, I headed to Titusville to check in at Festival HQ.
Alright then. Tomorrow morning is my first field trip of the festival, to the Viera Wetlands. I’m excited to meet the experts who are leading the trip, to play with my new camera some more, and just to see Florida birds, which in this birder’s cholesterol-drenched heart will always be the best birds. Bus leaves at 6am, which means I’ll be up by 5am, which is really 2am for me, and I only slept three hours on the plane, so… I’ll catch you later.
Just to whet your appetite (maybe?) for things to come, here are a few bird pics I took at my sis's place: