Having said that, I do enjoy taking someone along as long as their attitude is one of wonder and adventure. I never refuse company, but it is true that I don't always seek it out either.
The assumption is often made by my crew that I prefer to do my nature stomping by myself. It is true that certain missions do require maximum stealth and discomfort. On those, I usually do not issue invitations.
And if safety is an issue, I am definitely not encouraging anyone to trek along with me.
I'd rather not have someone else along when tiptoeing through a swampy logjam loaded with water moccasins.
There is also the issue of boredom. I'm not bored sitting, standing, or stalking slowly while being feasted upon by mosquitoes. I do not mind being hot or cold for a shot at a good photo.
That fact can be an issue with company.
If you come along and I think you are miserable or bored, I will probably cut the experience short due to your discomfort ... thereby missing the great shot that presented itself 3 minutes after I sighed heavily and said, "Let's try somewhere else."
Still, when you are a husband and a Dad, and you love being with the smart and interesting people you live with, it's important they don't feel left out.
Rumor has it my son recently grumbled, "It figures Dad would choose a SINGLE person kayak."
In my defense, we have two canoes and I have never turned down a request to canoe with my crew. In fact it's usually my idea.
So Sunday, I asked Mrs. FC along on a photographic expedition.
She said what I expected, " Oh, you don't want someone else along interfering."
I convinced her that was not an issue and she agreed to come.
As it turned out, with her driving through the woods, I was able to shoot roadside birds in the brushy forest edges.
She was a good spotter and didn't mind sitting for a bit while I banged out megapixels.
She never complained about anything other than the absence of any girly type restroom.
In fact her patience and spotting skill allowed my to grab these migrant photos for the quiz you are about to take.
Question 1: Above and below, who is this?
Question 2: Above and below: Who is this?
(And, yes, the quiz is just a cheezy attempt by me to have you expert birder types verify the identities of these flittytwitty LGB's)