First off, let me apologize for the 'not so good' quality of the below photo. It's not one I would normally keep, much less post, but there's somewhat of an interesting lesson behind it.
Just a few days ago I was shooting photos from my back deck. I should have been using a tripod because the light was low and I was using a heavier lens than what I'm normally used to. However, my subject was a male house finch that had landed on the nearby deck railing. Later that evening I was viewing the photos on my computer when I noticed another bird in one of the photos that I hadn't seen earlier. I was pleased to see that it was a female yellow-rumped warbler (circled below). I've seen yellow-rumped warblers in my yard before but it's not a regular visitor. I was glad I had photographed one, even if it wasn't the best photo and it was an accident. To get a better look click on the photo to enlarge. You can tell it's a yellow-rumped warbler by the yellow patches on the sides of its chest. They also have a patch of yellow feathers on their rumps, hence the name. They are winter visitors to our area (VA).
The lesson here is to not to be so focused one one thing that you miss out on what else is around you...and to use a tripod when conditions call for it!
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