I am a bird photographer. That means that I do everything differently from a true, genuine Birder (Twitch, if you live in the U. K.) I do not keep lists, I don’t own bird binocs or spotting scopes, I don’t stop to I.D the bird before I photograph it. I don’t stay far away from the birds, I sit and wait for them to come to me.
(Sometime I sit and wait and they don’t come.) When they do, I try to capture their flight, their emotions, a bit of their life with my cameras and then write about my experiences in Adventures in Birdland. (Please don’t misunderstand, I have a great admiration for true birders, their dedication, their ability to amass tons of precise details and, of course, their love of birds, which I do share.)
While sitting and waiting I have been approached by many hikers who have asked me, “What is that bird over there,” or, “what is that bird doing?” Those questions prompted me to begin writing short articles on my adventures with birds for the Silver Express, a monthly newspaper for Senior Citizens here in Marin County, California. The articles have been well received but the black and white photos didn’t show the beauty of the birds the way I wanted.
So I decided to publish the articles in a blog where the photos would be in color and where I could expand on the articles with more material and many more photos. Some of my more interesting adventures with birds are here, also.
(Update: the Silver Express is now the Whistlestop Express and it is now in color.)
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Enjoy … Richard Pavek