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  • Jennifer Dowd

Chasing Avian & Nature wonders on an Early Morning Dog Walk at Island View Beach - May 28, 2023

There's something magical about the early morning hours when the world is still waking up, and the gentle light of dawn creates a serene atmosphere. As a dog owner and avid photographer, I have discovered that combining a dog walk with bird and foliage photography can be an incredibly rewarding experience. One of my favorite spots for this delightful combination is Island View Beach.

Island View Beach is known for its breathtaking vistas, coastal trails, and diverse wildlife. To make the most of this experience, I set my alarm for the crack of dawn. The early hours offer a unique sense of tranquility, with fewer people around and a peaceful ambiance that allows for an intimate connection with nature.

Before heading out, I made sure to gather the essential gear. I packed my camera bag with a versatile lens, extra batteries, a tripod, and a lens cleaning kit. Additionally, I ensured Baylee had her leash, a collapsible water bowl, and some treats to keep her energized throughout the walk.

As Baylee and I began our walk along the trails at Island View Beach, we found ourselves surrounded by an abundance of lush foliage. The soft morning light filtered through the leaves, creating a dreamy atmosphere. I took my time to observe the vibrant colors and intricate details of the plants, capturing close-up shots of delicate flowers and rich textures.

Island View Beach is a paradise for bird enthusiasts, as it serves as a haven for various avian species. As we strolled along the shoreline, Baylee's curiosity led us to a section teeming with shorebirds. I set up my tripod and focused my lens on capturing their elegant forms, graceful movements, and the interplay of light and shadows on their feathers.

Photographing birds requires patience and timing. Of which I am working on. I don't have the best patience and neither does Baylee. I observed their behavior, anticipating moments of flight or interesting interactions. The key was to be ready at a moment's notice, adjusting my camera settings accordingly to capture those fleeting moments of beauty. Baylee, with her keen senses, occasionally alerted me to birds hidden among the foliage, enhancing our experience.

Throughout the walk, I made it a point to take breaks and immerse myself in the breathtaking scenery. The gentle ocean breeze, the rhythmic sound of waves crashing on the shore, and the subtle rustling of leaves provided a meditative backdrop. I took the time to appreciate the interconnectedness of the ecosystem, where birds and foliage harmoniously coexist.

As the sun rose higher in the sky, casting a warm glow over the landscape, I reflected on the unique bond shared between Baylee, nature, and myself. Our early morning adventure at Island View Beach allowed us to create cherished memories while simultaneously capturing the beauty of our surroundings through the lens of my camera.

Taking bird and foliage photos on a dog walk during the early morning hours is an enchanting way to start the day. Island View Beach provided the perfect backdrop, offering a diverse range of avian species and captivating foliage. It is a place where nature's beauty unfolds in its purest form. So, next time you venture out with your four-legged companion, bring your camera along and let yourself be immersed in the magic of capturing the serenity that awaits you at the break of dawn.

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