Well, I think I have crossed over to the other side... I am no longer an enthusiast. I think I now safely qualify as a lunatic.
Yesterday was a holiday and I decided to go take some pictures....never mind that it's almost winter and I don't have heat in the house yet. I've been working on the house too much, I deserved a break.
I decided I'd go someplace "new", the Edwin B. Forsythe wildlife preserve.....180 miles away! We don't get shore birds where I live.
So I got up at 3:30 am after 4-1/2 house of sleep and drove 3 hrs to get there at sunrise. I spent 7 hours taking pictures (looking for opportunities is more like it) and then drove 5 hrs home (philly sucks!).
All in all I took about 75 pictures...about 25 made it onto the computer....15 hours for 25 pics, maybe 6 of which are pretty good. I think that qualifies!
I saw quite a bit of activity..Peregrines (no good pics), Norther Harriers (no good pics), Bald Eagle (no good pics), Terns (no good pics), Ospreys (maybe 2 good pics), Great Egrets (I have better pics already), Great Blue Herons (I have better pics already), Snowy Egrets, and a bunch of sandpiper type birds (yellow legs etc).
I really don't think it was "worth it"...but I'm already thinking about my next visit!