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mm lens, camera and all, and
framed the bird. I said a quick
prayer, and something broke
in the camera—which had
been working just fine with the
Florida scrub jays in the morning. We had two theories. One,
which turned out to be the case,
was that there was something
wrong with the batteries. Kim
figured that out after the camera expert inside was stumped.
My theory, which I prefer
in total disregard of the obvious validity of Kim’s solution,
is that the bird was just too
beautiful to be photographed
and therefore suspended the
camera’s operation just the way
a sunset will make us hold our
breath. We were as thrilled by
the illuminated redness of the
northern cardinal, a fairly common bird, as we were by the rarity of the brown booby. a
David Stringer is a freelance
writer who chases birds and butterflies for his wife, Kim, to photograph. Follow their adventures
Top: The very brown booby the
author and his wife saw in Florida.
They found it to be unremarkable,
even if it was rare.
Middle: Juvenile brown boobies
have brown underparts.
Bottom: Brown booby on its nest.
It breeds in the tropics around the