Some Elements of a Good Photo

Here's a Carolina Wren singing in our backyard. He was signaling the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency in Virginia. And here's a photo of a Great Crested Flycatcher. I posted it on another site with these words: "If you're blue, and you don't know where to go to, spend a few moments looking … Continue reading Some Elements of a Good Photo

Birds’ Stories

Before we leave off reviewing the Canon full-frame mirrorless EOS R5, I want to share with you a great B&H Photo and Video podcast. The title: "Mirrorless System Advantages for Bird Photography." It features 2 professional bird photographers, one of whom has made the switch from DSLR's to the mirrorless R system and one of … Continue reading Birds’ Stories

A Game-Changing Bird Photography Camera, Part Two

Let's take a quick break from reviewing the Canon EOS R5, and let's look at some more "signs of spring" photos. These were grab and go, but they're fun and they highlight what's going on in the bird world in early April in SE Virginia. In order, there's a Yellow-rumped Warbler molting into breeding plumage, … Continue reading A Game-Changing Bird Photography Camera, Part Two

A Game-Changing Bird Photography Camera

We continue our review of the Canon EOS R5, which we began in "From Birds to Photo Gear." The EOS R5 and its less well-appointed sibling, the EOS R6, were recently introduced. We'll touch on the camera's eye detection ability and its high-resolution sensor. Please keep in mind that this isn't a professional review. It's … Continue reading A Game-Changing Bird Photography Camera

The Birds of Spring

Many of you enjoyed the Carolina Wren sound recordings in the last blog. I love recording birds and listening to the results. But I especially enjoy looking at the spectrograms, where I can "see" the sounds and learn more about them. Birds' songs and calls are a lot more interesting and complex than many people … Continue reading The Birds of Spring

New Beginnings

We ended "A Late Winter's Tale" with a joke book recommendation. BTW, I hope some of you ordered Wayne's book. We'll begin this one with an edited/accessorized version of a photo that appeared at the end of "Finding Humor, Finding Birds." One of the wonderful things about digital photos is that you can alter them. … Continue reading New Beginnings

Whispers of Spring

We're not quite ready for "the day is on the wing, the kite is on the string," but we're getting close. (Those are two lines from the N.M. Bodecker poem I referenced in "The Day is on the Wing.") There have been reports of American Woodcock courtship flights, House Finches, Titmice, and Northern Cardinals singing, … Continue reading Whispers of Spring

Fieldcraft

I shared a photo recently that turned out to be pretty popular. It was a portrait of an adult Red-tailed Hawk, another bird species that has adapted well to being around humans. Here's the photo. And here's the description that followed: "The payoff for being still. This adult Red-tailed Hawk landed on a utility pole … Continue reading Fieldcraft

Bird Love

This is a few days late, I know. Memorial Day 2020 has passed. But a time to be grateful never does. We remember those who fought and died for our country. We also recognize that the best way to thank them is to live lives worthy of their sacrifice. I'm reminded of  Thomas Aquinas's words—and … Continue reading Bird Love

Birds Haven’t Changed

It's interesting, but one of the many coronavirus pandemic outcomes seems to be a renewed interest in nature. Just ask a Virginia birder who reports that trails she's always had to herself are now congested. Or ask a Maryland birder who finds her usual  "haunts" filled with too many people. There are many possible reasons for … Continue reading Birds Haven’t Changed