Bird on a Wire

Bird on a Wire

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We went on a walk with birders at the urging of a fellow photographer. It was useful in getting to know the birds and some of their habits. But…

The disconcerting thing was that most of the birds “spotted” were actually only heard which takes considerable skill and memory. Remembering their calls and identifying the species from those calls is quite an Annie Oakley-like feat.

It is an unfortunate that you cannot meld photography easily with birding as one involves people not entirely concerned with getting a clear sight of the bird or even seeing it and those who hunt for birds in clear sight. On birding walks I tend to go with the flow and take a shorter lens for the walk, focusing on learning what I need for my stalking.

3 responses

  1. I have had similar experiences with birders. Many of them are friendly and share information freely, though some of them are very intense and are more involved in trying to add to their life lists. When I am trying to take photos, it’s not very useful when one of them points to a tiny bird in a far off tree and identifies it for me. Stalking birds to get photos is, I believe, optimally a solitary pursuit (unless you have a super long telephoto lens, which I don’t possess).


    August 5, 2013 at 7:10 am

  2. Mona

    Beautiful indeed……………


    August 5, 2013 at 8:26 am

  3. Very nice!


    August 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

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