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Big Lens for Small(ish) Change

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…]

Birds and People

A review by Robert O. Paxton

Birds and People, by Mark Cocker, with photographs by David Tipling

Random House, 2013

592 pages, $65.00—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14189

This sumptuous volume is a bit like a double chocolate sundae. It’s too rich for one sitting, but you can’t stop eating. It explores a sweeping [read more…]

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…]

Your turn: Intro to Camera Settings

I don’t know about you, but this screen (at right) can look a little daunting to me, even though I think I have a rudimentary knowledge of ISO, F-stop, and shutter speed. Explaining what those three things are–and how they work together (and against one another)–is what Sherrie Duris has written about in “An [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…]

Your turn: Smartphone Digiscoping

With the proliferation of smartphones (and their built-in cameras), bird photography has never been easier and more accessible. Still, getting a photo of a bird with a smartphone and a telescope can be challenging. This issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear features “Smartphone Digiscoping”, by Sharon Stiteler.

As you san see (on the right), Sharon [read more…]

Your turn: Birding Photography

As the technology gets smaller, lighter, and more affordable, more and more birders are carrying cameras into the field these days. In fact, there are so many choices, it can be a bit daunting.

Thankfully, in this issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear, Derek Lovitch has broken the choices down into easy-to-understand categories in his [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…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Gear

So that you can get your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping on, we’ve made the 2013 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear available online today, in its entirety!

Inside, you’ll find tips and suggestions from experts on some wonderful holiday gift ideas for the birder in your life. From roof-prism binoculars and SLR cameras [read more…]

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…]