A novice birder's observation of birds and other natural wildlife with wings ... or maybe not with wings...
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Black and White Warbler
The Black and White Warbler acts more like a Nuthatch than a Warbler. It clings onto tree trunks gleening them for insects. A small object zoomed past me like a bullet while I was hiking in the Big South Fork River and Recreation Area in Northern Tennessee. I didn't see where it landed, so I just aimed my camera in the general area where I thought it might have gone, and shot without even knowing what I was focussing on. Upon looking at my photo images and zooming in on this frame, I found the little guy clinging to a tree. Not a great picture as far as clarity is concerned , but I marvelled that I even got an image at all.
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.