A novice birder's observation of birds and other natural wildlife with wings ... or maybe not with wings...
Sunday, December 19, 2010
A Tufted Duck at Hampton Court, London, UK; 4/6/10
We saw lots of Tufted Ducks (Above and Below) in several places while visiting London last spring. Tufted Ducks are a medium-sized diving duck with long black crest and dull black back, tail, head neck and breast (with a slight purple sheen in the light). In contrast its underparts and sides are bright white.Their eyes are yellow and legs and feet are gray. TheTufted Duck breeds across Eurasia from Iceland and the British Isles and east across Russia and Siberia. Breeding has not been reported in North America, but they are casual visitors on northern eastern coasts of the U.S. and Canada (several reports in Newfoundland) and in the west chiefly along coasts in Alaska, California. Most often seen near urban areas which suggest these birds found in North America are considered to be escaped captives birds.
Another Tufted Duck, St. James Park, London, UK; 4/8/10.
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 my current lens, Sigma 150-500mm.