A novice birder's observation of birds and other natural wildlife with wings ... or maybe not with wings...
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
4th in my series of birds with a crest, is the ever present Blue Jay. The Blue Jays' songs (such as it is - more like a squawking) are heard from quite a distance. They rival Crows with their racket - the noisy neighbors in the hood - always arguing about something. But the Blue Jay's beautiful feathers like fine mosaic tile is always pleasing to behold. Attracting Blue Jays was one of my main goals for putting up an open feeder in the backyard, and sure enough within a month Blue jays were frequenting the feeder. Below top, a pair of Jays having breakfast (11-21-09), and below bottom I captured this Blue Jay just before he flew off (1-31-10)
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.