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YOUR TURN: Photo Big Days

“On April 21, 2014, at 9:28 a.m., in Angelina National Forest, Texas, a team of dedicated birder/photographers armed themselves with cameras and headed out to set a new North American record for the number of species of birds photographed in a 24-hour period.”

That’s how Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson begin the tale of their “Photo Big Day” in the October 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy. Joined by Cameron Cox and Sam Galick, they attempted and succeed to set a new record!

You can read the extended online-only version of the article (for free) by clicking on the image below. It contains a play-by-play of their big day effort that you won’t find in the printed magazine. If, after reading the article, you have a question for the authors, please leave it in the comment field, below. I courage you to offer any other comments, as well. Have you also done a photo big day? Please share your experience with us. Birder’s Guide welcomes your input!

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Michael Retter
Michael L. P. Retter is the editor of the ABA's newest magazine, Birder's Guide, and the author of The ABA Field Guide to Birds of Illinois. When not at home gardening, Michael is often leading tours for BRANT Nature Tours in Middle America (Mexico through Panama). He currently lives with his husband, Matt, in Fort Worth, Texas. Michael also runs QBNA, the continent's informal club for LGBTQ+ birders. A former chair of the Indiana records committee, he is an eBird reviewer for Mexico, Illinois, and Indiana.
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