Yes, climate is changing. It’s quite visible in animal behavior too. In the meantime the bird migration is somehow influenced by global warming. Migration routes are changing, schedules are changing too, a lot of birds don’t even fly to summer/winter areas anymore.
In the last 10 years common cranes decided to stop for a while at Nationalpark Seewinkel at the end of Oktober or early in November. Last week we watched a large flock – up to 400 birds - of these Eurasian cranes. Actually it was the first time I saw them at all. I often saw or even more often heard Nordic geese at night but never saw cranes before.
It was spectacular. I took a lot of pictures and prayed for some good ones, because the weather was very sunny and they were flying high up in the sky. In such moments, I wished I would have something like a gigantic paparazzo-peeping-tom-lens. No, I have not. I have a Nikkor 28-300 mm which is just fine unless I want to photograph a large flock of migrating birds with high flying “mission to Mars” ambitions. They were flying in triangle formations like geese. A short distance before they reached the forest, they came all together in an area where they could gain some more altitude by circling in a thermal. It almost seems as if they were waiting for each other, although every formation was lost in the crowd.
Do you have the same problem to have always the wrong lens to capture a perfect moment? I’m sorry and I'm still drowning in self-pity, because it was the best I could manage under such circumstances.