I’m sure I speak for birders everywhere when I say that for the most part strong wind blows. (See what I did there?) Nothing puts wee birds into heavy cover, shakes your scope, and wicks the heat out of your extremities like a strong wind. Long-anticipated pelagic plans can be dashed when the wind gets the sea [read more...]
I recently ponied up $3.99 for the Dark Sky weather app on my iPhone after hearing rave reviews from birding buddies David La Puma and Jessie Barry. It looks brilliant, boasting a super clean and elegant interface with the most important weather data easily accessed and beautifully summarized. The animated precipitation maps are pure eye candy, [read more...]
A nice trend developed in my yard this winter when a flock of Bushtits began regularly blitzing my suet. They especially seemed to like snowy mornings which gave me a great excuse to linger over coffee on weekends at the breakfast table awaiting their arrival. Until this season, I had only seen Bushtits in my [read more...]
Tamron, makers of aftermarket lenses, has announced a new lens that may be of interest to bird photographers on a budget. The SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD packs a lot of power for the price (around US $1000) , approaching a buck per mm equivalent if you shoot on a crop-frame body. I know [read more...]
With much of the country again in the grips of cold, snowy weather, I thought I’d mention an applicable article I recently read by noted wildlife photographer Weldon Lee. In it he gives some great tips for Taking Pictures in Cold Weather. I picked up some good ideas there and think it’s worth perusing if [read more...]
In the latter parts of December I began noticing a Dark-eyed Junco working my back yard feeders that had tidy white wing bars and all gray upperparts. Combined with my location in Colorado the signs seemed to point to a White-winged Junco, well within expected winter range for that subspecies and indeed far from the [read more...]
Who trusted God was love indeed And love Creation’s final law Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw With ravine, shriek’d against his creed
Alfred Lord Tennyson, from In Memoriam A. H. H.
As birders we certainly see this theme played out again and again, even in our back [read more...]
The other day, Diana Doyle rounded up a nice collection of Christmas Bird Count resources including Count Circle. When I first reviewed the app last year several commentators were disappointed with the lack of Android compatibility– well, Stevens Creek listened! In the nick of time for this year’s count season, Stevens Creek Software just announced [read more...]
Happy Thanksgiving, faithful readers! I hope that birds treat you well, whether on the dinner table or in your field of view.
All the best- Bill Schmoker
Wild Turkey, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, 21 June 2013.©Bill Schmoker
In my last post I mentioned the news that DSLR manufacturers are finally beginning to integrate GPS receivers into certain camera body models. I also mentioned ways to retrofit cameras with aftermarket GPS receivers, and several commentators offered helpful ways to geotag photos using smartphone apps that match the digital time stamp on each image [read more...]