A novice birder's observation of birds and other natural wildlife with wings ... or maybe not with wings...
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I might as well do a series of photos - "Birds with Crests." The photo below (11-14-09) is a Tufted Titmouse. It was the only time I witnessed it visiting my home-made open bird feeder, which I put up in October of 2009. He hung around for a morning and I never saw it again. Judging by the size of the morsel in his beak, he must have had enough to eat, then moved on. They generally stick around these parts for the winter, but I never saw another one until late in May at Kishwaukee Springs Forest Preserve.
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.