Birds

If you don’t know much about birds, maybe it’s time you spread your own wings?

Tufted Coquette – Asa Wright Nature Center, Trinidad
Photo credit Paul Tavares @ eBird
A Word on Birds….

I was once a person who knew there were birds. I’d seen a few around. Then one day a friend taught me to watch the birds, and to notice how many different kinds you might see just in your backyard.

So I watched. And became amazed.

And then I started traveling the world to meet the birds in other backyards.

Enjoy my gallery of birds photos, each with a caption of who he/she is and where the photo was taken. If you don’t see a photo credit, it’s because the images are my own.

Blue Footed Booby, Galapagos Islands
Click photo for my “Booby Gallery”.
Male red-capped manakin
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
Black-capped pygmy tyrant, Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
Gray Hawk
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
Juvenile Northern Cardinal
Covington, Louisiana
Great Blue Heron
Guste Island Swamp, Louisiana
Guste Island Swamp
Madisonville, Louisiana
Newborn Carolina Wren
Madisonville, Louisiana April 2018
Brown Pelican, Key West Florida
The Camera

I’m not a photography expert.

I’ve tried to learn the technical aspects so I can get better photos but have failed so far. I bought a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS years ago because the internet said it was the best “point and shoot” for birding. It has 50x optical zoom which means I can zoom to get a bird that is very very far away. Like if you can see it at all with your naked eye, you can zoom to it.

After many years of use and travel, the viewfinder finally broke – it has an LCD screen and is still usable, but for birding I prefer the old-fashioned viewfinder. So I did some homework and tried a few models. Ended up keeping the Nikon Coolpix P900 because it has all the same things I liked on the Canon, but 83x zoom.

Yes, that ‘s right. 83x zoom. Game on.

It also has WiFi which is a game changer when traveling. No plugs for transferring photos ever again, and you can upload throughout a trip so that if you drop or lose Mr. Camera mid-vacation, you don’t lose your photos. Peace of mind!

Male White-Necked Jacobin, Costa Rica
Montezuma Oropendula
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
Lineated Woodpecker
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
Red-Headed Woodpecker
Covington, Louisiana
Red-Tailed Hawk
Guste Island Swamp, Louisiana
Female Northern Parula, Guste Island Swamp Madisonville, Louisiana 2019
Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Madisonville, Louisiana Dec 2020
Great Frigate Birds Mating Display – listen to the drumming noise and watch the instantaneous effect!
Keel Billed Toucan
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica Feb 2020
Golden Headed Tanager
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica Feb 2020
Chestnut Billed Toucan
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica Feb 2020
Bat Falcon (with a Blue Morpho butterfly for breakfast)
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica Feb 2020
Fiery Billed Aricari
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica Feb 2020
Summer Tanager
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica Feb 2020
Broad Winged Hawk sun-tanning
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica Feb 2020
Crested Owls
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica Feb 2020
Violet Headed Hummingbird
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica Feb 2020
Olive Backed Euphonia
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica Feb 2020
Black Crowned Antshrike
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica Feb 2020

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