A novice birder's observation of birds and other natural wildlife with wings ... or maybe not with wings...
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I recently returned from a two week vacation to the Southern Appalachian States (Tennessee, Georgia, and North & South Carolinas). I was hoping to get some pics of the many warblers found in that area that we don't see often around Northern Illinois. I heard and saw many birds, but was very disappointed in my picture opportunities. Those Southern Appalachian birds are very tricky and hide very well. I did manage a few decent pics. The one below is of the very striking Hooded Warbler; I spotted in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (Tennessee side) near Abrams Falls.
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 a Sigma 150-500mm.and finally sold that one and replaced it with a Sigma 150-600mm, my current birding lens.