A novice birder's observation of birds and other natural wildlife with wings ... or maybe not with wings...
Monday, July 5, 2010
Another bird sporting a crest is one of my favorites - Cedar Waxwings. They seem to band together in small flocks. I've seen them foraging on the ground, picking berries in bushes, as well as perching high in trees and suddenly dive bombing to the ground. I always get a kick out of seeing them, because they are so colorful, have a unique silhouette, and always seem to be having fun flittering about.
Of the four Waxwing photos here, my favorite is (Above: 6-14-10, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina). He seems to be looking at me with as much curiosity as I looking at him. It was almost as if he was grinning at me, wondering what the heck I was doing with that big black metal/plastic/glass monstrosity in front of my face - "You know I can still see you hiding behind that thing," he is thinking.
Below are three more decent Cedar Waxwing photos: Below top, also 6-14-10, North Carolina; Below Middle: 5-17-09, Rock Cut State Park,IL; Below bottom: 8-2-09, also at Rock Cut.
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.