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Tech Tip for Tidy Travelers

I hope by now you’ve had a chance to read through Birder’s Guide, the ABA’s newest publication. The debut issue focused on travel, a subject near and dear to most birders’ hearts. Besides the dreamy birds at many bucket-list destinations, I especially appreciated the practical articles on packing and pelagic trip preparations.

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2013 ABA Camp Avocet

I had the thorough pleasure of attending the ABA's Camp Avocet as a counselor last week.  The camp, based at the beautiful and birdy Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, attracted 22 keen young birders and a slew of bird experts who joined the staff for birding jaunts in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, [read more…]

You Know You’re a Birder When…

For the latter half or so of July I was incredibly fortunate and privileged to sail from western Iceland to Greenland aboard the National Geographic Explorer as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow.  The trip was so full of highlights that I'm still wrapping my head around it; I'm working on photos and movies, making plans for [read more…]

Bald Eagle Eats Whale!

Bill Schmoker observes the Bald Eagle in a moment of seaside opportunism. [read more…]

Innovative Smart Phone Digiscoping Bracket

Hey ABA Blog readers- I recently saw this video showing the new PhoneSkope C4 universal phonescoping adapter and thought it was pretty intriguing. I haven’t put my hands on one yet (I’m hoping to get one to review soon) but wondered if any of you have tried it? If so please leave a comment with [read more…]

Mako Sica- maybe not!

Bill Schmoker headed to the Badlands of South Dakota and returns with some amazing images. [read more…]

Kayak Kam 2

A couple of years ago I posted about a photo rig for kayaks.  I like the setup but it is mainly for pretty committed bird & wildlife photography (serious tripod & head, big lens, etc.)  As I was getting ready for a little paddling trip a couple of days ago with my 7-year old son, [read more…]

Mr. Bubbles

Ruddy Duck is one of those species that I see fairly often in a typical year, but rarely see well.  They usually come through my neck of the woods in their duller plumage, and usually like to congregate out in big reservoirs out of nice photo range.  When I do see birds in their high [read more…]

On the importance of a good perch for feeder photos…

I'm scrambling to get everything squared away before heading off to the 2013 Colorado Field Ornithologists Convention in beautiful Cortez, Colorado, so I'll let these two pictures do the talking…  Bottom line: If you want better snaps at your feeders, give your avian subjects some nice-looking perches to pose on.

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DSLR Bird Vids

I'm easing myself into a new realm of bird photography, dabbling with videos to supplement my core interest of shooting stills.  Three primary factors influenced my decision to try this.  First, I enviously watched my buddies Brian Sullivan and Chris Wood shooting video with their DSLR rigs and thought it would be fun to try [read more…]