Here are three images that appear in the “Featured Photo” column of the May/June 2014 issue of Birding. We won’t tell you quite yet which of these is actually the main featured photo! You’ll have to read the print version of Birding to find out.
For now, let’s have some fun with these three photos. [read more...]
What did you do this past weekend? If you’re in the USA, you probably observed Memorial Day. And it’s not unlikely that your Memorial Day weekend activities included travel.
According to the American Automobile Association, 36.1 million people traveled at least 50 miles in the USA this past weekend. That’s more than 10% of [read more...]
Here’s one of the most famous covers in the history of Birding magazine:
Sorry about the poor quality of the reproduction. My scanner’s offline, so I took a picture with my phone. I’ll have more to say about taking photos with phones, but let’s first talk about this iconic image. From our vantage point [read more...]
One of the under-appreciated aspects of Roger Tory Peterson’s genius was the old master’s way with words. I’m not talking about Peterson’s storytelling, e.g., in Wild America and Birds Over America—for which he was justly famous. Rather, I’m talking about the words in Peterson’s field guides.
Peterson’s Reddish Egret “lurches about, acts drunk.” The Purple [read more...]
All last week, I was honored to be at the ABA’s 2014 convention in Corpus Christi, Texas. My favorite bird down there, I have to say, was the Long-billed Thrasher. Long-billed Thrashers were everywhere!–in city parks in downtown Corpus, in upland thickets far from the coast, and in suburban yards right along the saltwater bays [read more...]
Do you own a field guide to the birds of the ABA Area? If you do, odds are the range maps were created, or at least significantly contributed to, by Paul Lehman–possibly the world’s foremost expert on the status and distribution of the birds of the ABA Area.
Avian “S&D”–shorthand for “status and distribution”–isn’t mere [read more...]
The March/April 2014 Birding has gone to press, and ABA members will soon be receiving–along with a lot of other content–Tom Johnson’s analysis of a most interesting hummingbird found a while back in Delaware. Here’s the hummingbird:
Photo by (c) Tom Johnson.
And now the obvious question: What is it?
You can find [read more...]
You may have heard this saying–it’s sort of funny–about dialogue in university humanities departments: “The disagreements are so bitter because the stakes are so low.” It’s funny, as I said, but I also think it’s unfair. What’s at stake is human thought, and isn’t the grandest and most precious thing about our species?
Apparent [read more...]
When I was fifteen, I received as a Christmas present the three-volume Audubon Society Master Guide to Birding. Accompanying promotional material promised the reader something on the order of sixty never-before disclosed secrets to field ID. One that I recall was a new way to tell the waterthrushes apart–by the shape of the supercilium.
Thirty [read more...]
A little while ago in this forum, we talked about “the next big idea”–make that big ideas, plural–for bird conservation. Let’s shift gears a bit now, to the somewhat more elusive matter of birding ethics.
Ethical behavior is a frequent concern for the birding community, and that’s a good thing. It means we’re aware. We [read more...]