Part of the fun of birding at the Biggest Week is I get to see my friend Dale Forbes. I met him a few years ago in Kazakhstan and since then he’s moved on to working full time for Swarovski Optik as a products manager. This is Dale’s first time in North America…so you can [...]
I haven’t thought about scope eyepieces all that much. Swarovski Optik has three different eyepieces you can choose for your scope a 20-60 zoom, a 25-50 zoom and a 30 fixed. For newer people to the blog, those numbers give you an idea of the scope’s magnification or of how close the image is brought [...]
South Texas, as always was SO much fun. Even if you choose to do some casual birding you can still hit all the specialties. I took a mini break down there over the weekend to hang with a girlfriend and since we had both been there, each day we slept in and let our bodies [...]
I almost peed my pants watching this video this morning. It is HIGHlarious! Stick with it, things get interesting at the 20 second mark and end up amazing at the end. Herons are awesome and kudos to my buddy Clay Taylor for an excellent capture of this behavior.
And that’s a young heron finessing its [...]
Okay, here is someone using YouTube for the powers of good. They digivideoed a Dr. Seuss looking bird called a spoon-billed sandpiper doing its mating display. Incidentally, this was done via digiscoping, the bird was filmed using a Swarovski AT80 HD scope and a Canon EOS 500D–and it was handheld. Awesome video of an awesome [...]
One of the things we get to do at my park as a ranger is “roving.” Essentially, we pick a part of the park and rove around to answer questions or interpret wildlife. It reminds me a bit of doing improv work– you rely on the audience to guide where the sketch will go. In [...]
I headed out yesterday with Lorraine to do some serious wildflower walking (what the heck has happened to me, I’m interested in wildflowers now) near our beeyard. Before Lorraine arrived, I headed down in the woods to see if I could figure out what birds were setting up territory where–I like to get know the [...]
You can hear why they call them chipping sparrows.
This is the type of morning a birder lives for. The shift in bird species from migration is palpable. Everywhere I walk I hear an old friend from summers past who are newly arrived. Overhead I have a small and steady stream of northward broad-winged hawks (which really has me excited for my digiscoping workshop [...]
It’s an oddly exciting day at the National Park I work for (Mississippi National River and Recreation Area)–the river is flooding and it’s odd to be excited by the flood and watch what the water will do. Since our visitor center is based in the Science Museum lobbby, we’re right on the Mississippi River [...]