And So It BeginsAfter being in the US for nearly 6 months now, I've become interested in taking photos of birds. Here are the reasons:
- In the last 26 years in Asia, I've only really seen birds on plates in restaurants or in zoos. Seeing birds in the nature is a pretty cool experience for me.
- I really enjoy taking shots of people and will continue to do this, but taking shots of birds is a whole new experience and is teaching me a lot about my camera and it's capabilities.
- It's healthier to be walking about in nature rather than stuck at home on the computer or in the mall shopping (unless it's for cameras!)
My aim is to post one photo of each of the different birds I see each month - hopefully I'll post the right names, but if not, let me know and I will change accordingly. You can see all the photos of the different birds in my Birding album where I will also tag the birds with the right names. I currently use the iBird Pro app on my iPhone and iPad to help identify the birds - but don't always get it right!
A Brief BackgroundMy interest in birding started when I took some photos for a friend of mine, Darlene Sillick, on a business trip from China to the States, who works with the Ohio Wildlife Centre, an organization that is a leader in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation education. Since moving to Ohio in the US, I have subsequently photographed the birds there on a number of occasions and each time became more fascinated by the birds themselves. Attending a release of a Red Tail Hawk that had been nursed back to health was a wonderful experience and was probably when I first thought about getting involved.
|Red Tail Hawk - Release|
Recently another friend from work, Matt Erickson, invited our family to his house for Thanksgiving lunch where I was introduced to the hummingbird world and subsequently wrote about my experience on a cold Sunday morning.
|Allen Chartier: Banding a Rufous Hummingbird|
This was when I decided to get involved in photographing birds.
The Birds - December 2012
|American Goldfinch (Winter Plumage)|
|Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)|
|Rufous Hummingbird (Female)|
|Downy Woodpecker (Male) - Backyard feeder|
|Downy Woodpecker (Male) - Prairie Oaks Park|
|Downy Woodpecker (Female) - Backyard feeder|
|House Finch (Red - Male, Brown - Female), Sparrow (Dark Brown) and a Mourning Dove|
|Northern Cardinal - Male|
One point to note: do not use the the 61-point automatic selection AF in AI Servo mode when it's showing unless you want to see a really pretty display of moving focal points in your viewer :-)
|Northern Cardinal - Female|
|Red Tail Hawk|
|Red Tail Hawk|
Other birds spotted but not photographed include:
Please feel free to leave any comments if you have any more information about the birds above.