It is said that what is meant to be, it's meant to be. Well I believe those words, especially on this day. I set out to the Meadowlands on what had to be one of the coldest days to see what birds I could photograph. Once I got there it was actually not that cold as the sun came out and felt good on the face. I walked the trail and did not see one bird, not even a duck and there is always ducks. OK, maybe going up to Teaneck may not be a bad idea , with my snow boots on ready to tackle the snowy muddy park I set out. As I'm approaching the area I started to day dream about the eagles I photographed at this location last week, Ahhh I missed the exit. Do I go back or do I just proceed to cliffs? With the cliffs exit approaching, I decided to see what's up on the cliffs.
I got to the cliffs, very snowy cliffs. I braved to the location I last saw Peregrine Falcons. Ahhh other photographers were there, I welcomed to see them although I did not know them. Any sightings? sure they said , look ahead. And there she was a beautiful Peregrine Falcon. After a few takes, the other photographer started to converse, including me in the conversation. I must say I truly enjoyed talking to these guys and gals. Sometimes in the field you are alone or if there are others, some don't care to even say hello. This bunch were very friendly. "Ahhh get ready she is going to fly", said Nick. We all positioned and got our pics! How he knew I have yet to learn. After that they left and another photographer, Robert, came and started to converse about eagles. Then he noticed another photographer in the distance, he said "lets go" photograph a Falcon , "she's over there".
I followed and sure enough there she was, not more than 30 feet away. We clicked away, soon Robert left , then the Falcon decided enough of this photo session. I went back to my original location and the photographer (Jake) that had been taking photos at the second site soon followed. The Falcon never came back, but a great conversation with Jake. Jake is an interesting guy, dress from head to toe in camouflage fatigues including the camera. He reminded me of James Bond in disguise. Jake with a lot of knowledge, we spoke about equipment and Jake gave me some valuable tips, he also knew Sam, a great and friendly photographer a had met months earlier in the Meadowlands. I even got some friendly scolding from Jake for not photographing every day and learning even bit of technical feature of my new camera. Explaining I had a different job 9x5 was not good enough, and it shouldn't be, Jake was right. So on this great day I walked away with awesome Falcon pics, great friendly conversation and a good friendly scolding, who can ask for more?
I guess it was meant to be.