See You Later, Dear Eider

I met one of the handsomest juvie male Eiders the other morning.

I found him preening, yet he stopped so politely when he saw me from a distance.

Because he seemed so relaxed, I snapped a few more pics from where I crouched, allowing myself to soak in his beauty.

Sadly, many of the places where I photograph our birds will soon be open to the hunters’ violence once again.

Yet no gun will ever silence the beauty and the utter majesty of these wild ones whom we love.

And so with some sadness yet a heart brimming with gratitude for the moment nonetheless, I took one more photo and whispered aloud…

“À la prochaine, mon cher”…   ❤ ❤ ❤