The other week I had a great thrill at the Chicago Botanical Garden - I saw a bald eagle! Now I had seen bald eagles on a trip to Alaska years ago but I had not seen one since. I do know they do have them along the Mississippi River during the winter but standing outside in the cold is not really my thing. Here in Chicago in the Summer!
I find going out to take bird pictures very relaxing. I can focus on this one task and all the other events in my life are blocked for a time. Hearing the bird sounds makes me believe I do not live in a suburb of one of the largest cities in the country. A second benefit is the exercise factor. Walking around carrying the camera equipment is a lot more enjoyable than going to the gym and doing the treadmill. My go to place is the Chicago Botanical Garden. They have paths through various habitats. Early you share the path with the walkers. That is not so bad but many carry on constant conversations which breaks the spell. Later on in the day during nice weather the families arrive and then it is time to leave.
Egret catching a snack
Caspian Tern jumping for joy