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Taking Pictures in Cold Weather

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…]

Oh Junco, What Art Thou?

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…]

Nature, red in tooth and claw

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 [read more…]

Just in time for the CBC season: Count Circle for Android

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!

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

 

Playing Tag Part 2: How do I access and use my geotagged photo coordinates?

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…]

Playing Tag Part 1

If you’re at all like me, it is quite easy to come back from a birding trip with thousands of pictures. Once home, organizing the photos can take many dimensions (and indeed be a topic for a book, not just a blog post!) One important element of photo cataloging to consider is keeping track of [read more…]

Chatfield Big Sit!

This past Sunday I had a great time at the Chatfield Big Sit! Held at Chatfield State Park southwest of Denver, the event is one of scores of Big Sits held across the country each year in Mid-October and a wonderful fall birding rite to participate in. I suspect most readers of this blog have [read more…]

Shadow & Rainbow Head South

I am continually impressed with the information gathered from tracking devices on birds- remember the study that documented GPS-equipped Bar-tailed Godwits flying nonstop from Alaska to New Zealand? Or how about the more recent discovery of Black Swift wintering territory in NW Brazil using light-level geolocators?

Currently, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory is tracking two Osprey [read more…]

A Praiseworthy Publishing Precedent

So a really substantial new bird book recently came out that I hope you’ve heard of- The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle. I’ll leave the discussion of the text itself to our ace Book Review Team, but I wanted to mention some seriously cool online resources associated with the guide.

In [read more…]