A novice birder's observation of birds and other natural wildlife with wings ... or maybe not with wings...
Monday, June 28, 2010
Continuing the raptor theme, the first time I saw a Bald Eagle was in Ketchakan, Alaska (2004). I was very excited, and figured after our trip to Alaska I wouldn't see another one until I return to Alaska ... some day. Well ... a few years ago, I was driving to school (work) on a January morning and a Bald Eagle flew over the road in front of me. At first I didn't believe it, but no other bird remotely resembles a Bald Eagle. I immediately called my girlfriend and said, "Guess what I just saw!" Would you believe it - Bald Eagles in Illinois?
A few days later after some research, we learned that in just the past few years, Bald Eagles have returned to the Rock River and Illinois River areas for their winter grounds. We took a trip down to Starved Rock State Park (an hours drive south of Rockford) and were pleasantly surprised by the numbers of Bald Eagles making Illinois their winter home. Above and below are a few of the pics I took at Starved Rock State Park.
Hello, I have always been interested in birds, undoubtedly influenced by my mother and grandmother. As a young boy I remember paging through my parents' bird books. Both my Mom and Grandma would identify birds by both their songs and their looks. I enjoy nature and being out in it as often as I am able. Being a teacher helps - as I have much of the summer to do just that. I have done some nature and wildlife photography, but until a few years ago I never thought about photographing birds thinking that it would be too difficult - too small and too flighty. After a few thousand photos, my girlfriend suggested that I open a blog sharing some of the pictures that I have taken and hopefully will be taking in the future.
During the 3 years that have been writing this blog, I have graduated from my first camera, a Sony Digital, to my 2nd, a Canon Rebel T1i, to finally my 3rd and current camera - Canon EOS7D. I started with the standard 18-55mm lens, which I soon found was totally impractical. I then purchased a Canon 55-250mm which I used for quite some time, until I bought my current lens, Sigma 150-500mm.