A novice birder's observation of birds and other natural wildlife with wings ... or maybe not with wings...
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Another bird that is rarely seen in Northern Illinois, but is abundant in the Southern Appalalachian states is the Northern Parula. I head their song often, and finally caught this Parula (below - 6/19/10) catching a snack, while hiking in the Congaree National Park in South Carolina. Congaree is the newest formed National Park and is a delight. I loved the hardwood trees, the swamp, and the the abundance of birds - only (as I stated yestreday), very few found their way into my view finder. I need to do a better job locating and focussing on birds in the thick forest and dark environment such as the Congaree Swamp.
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.