Aack! I am at a hawk watch and I just misidentified a Red-tailed Hawk as a Red-shouldered Hawk. Oh, my! I just pointed out a Lesser Yellowlegs and it called and it was really a Greater Yellowlegs. Sigh. I just posted a picture of a bird that I identified as a Song Sparrow but really it was a Savannah Sparrow.
How frustrating! Making mistakes in front of other birders makes you feel foolish, embarrassed, and very self-conscious. But how can you avoid birding mistakes? Just give up trying? Let someone else call out the birds? Don’t lead any more bird walks? Just stay silent every time you are with a group? Stop birding altogether? Hopefully you haven’t considered quitting. Continue reading →
I've finally waded through 8,000+ photos. My amateur strategy for good photos=volume. When shooting, it's easy to say “It's digital” and shoot away. What is harder is going through the results of that “digital” logic. Volume takes a lot of time. But I have to say that I like taking photos. And lots of them. In the end, I ended up with a number of decent photos that were very satisfying to me.
I have to say that I enjoy photography enough that I actually am willing to put some work into becoming better. Why? Well. Because I want to. Here are few of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them, too.
Ha! Right into part 2 with no delay. I’m ready to roll after skimming through my 3,000+ photos for Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. In my previous post I had posted a bright red dragonfly I labeled “is this a very bright Roseate Skimmer” from Green Cay in Boynton Beach, FL. Thanks to the expertise of Angel Abreu of Miami, FL, this dragonfly has been correctly identified as a Scarlet Skimmer. Cool. Thank you, Angel!
January 23, 2013 I was only scheduled for my opening keynote speach. Unfortunately I forgot to take any photos, but the auditorium was packed and the audience was great. During the day I got to relax with leisure birding at a fabulous little spot called Rich Grissom Viera Wetlands (or referred to by me as just Viera Wetlands in Viera, FL).
Blue-winged Teal pair – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller
Carolina Satyr – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller
I have been driving what seems like a long time. I set out for South Texas from home in Ohio on December 1, 2012. Yesterday, December 4 I finally birded my way into the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. … Continue reading →
Haha! No. This is not the name of a new disease. Well. If you haven’t seen this bird yet you might start feeling sick. How long will it stay? No one knows. Ohhhh the agony of having to wait for an opportunity to chase a rare bird! I heard about this bird on Friday. I watched reports on the Internet all day Saturday and through Sunday morning. By the time some of us finished up our obligations at Flora-Quest in Scioto County it was already mid-afternoon. Finally, all 5 of us (Greg & Leslie Cornett, Cheryl Harner, Jason Larson, and myself piled into the Cornett’s Honda Pilot and set the GPS for Fernald Preserve northwest of Cincinnati–nearly 2.5 hours away. Traveling this distance to see a bird from Eurasia always seems to go in slow motion.
Two hours into our trip we got a call from another birder, Janet Creamer, saying that she was currently watching the bird from the platform at the first pond on the right side of the entrance road into the preserve. And then…
Garganey - Fernald Preserve, Harrison, OH photo: Greg Miller
What a striking bird, don’t you think? It’s about the same size as the Blue-winged Teals with which it associates.