A novice birder's observation of birds and other natural wildlife with wings ... or maybe not with wings...
Saturday, July 10, 2010
7th in my series of "crested" birds is (I love its name) the Pyrrhuloxia. They are only found in Southeast of Arizona, South New Mexico, and Southwest Texas, as well as throughout Mexico. Given this limited range in the States, I was lucky to catch one at fairly close range while visiting Tucson, AZ, last winter. If I didn't read about them ahead of time, I might have dismissed it as a female cardinal. The Pyrrhuloxia's bill is more yellow than the cardinal's orange beak, and there is more red on its face and breast. Below are a couple of photos I took on 12/27/09.
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.