1) Practice Makes Perfect
|Quick! How many shorebird species?|
Want more "Practice Makes Perfect"?
- GrrlScientist has a daily bird photo quiz at Punctuated Equilibrium
- Birds Calgary and Prairie Birder both run occasional photo quizzes and regularly have pictures of local birds
- David Lily is just one of many excellent Alberta photographers with an excellent online repository of images
|This is a very bad photo. It is also a life bird.|
Keeping a collection of bird photos can be a great way to reminisce about birding experiences and reflect on trips. Improving those photos can itself be a motivator to get out birding.
Want tips on helping your birding memories live again?
- I've started using Flickr which provides a great way to share and organize photos, as well as a mapping tool where you can pinpoint the location of your birding adventures.
- Birds are often very small and often very far off. Taking photos through your spotting scope is a way to get record/ID shots and sometimes some great images too. The topic of digiscoping is too large to tackle in this post and could have it's own blog. In fact here's a good one!
And so we come full circle - back to the spectacular. Just today there were was inspiration to go out and look for Rough-legged Hawks. And there was inspiration to save up and visit Peru again - these photos were taken by a Canadian birder who is featured on canadianbirdphotographer.ca, alongside David Lily's work.
We may lack the experience, equipment, time, patience, motivation or money to take these kind of images ourselves but they capture some of the experience of watching these birds in person. Whether we are birders, birders who photograph, photographers who bird, or some other hybrid thereof, images from the fuzzy to fantastic and from the mundane to the magical can connect us in unique ways to wildlife.