My first blog post

I never thought I would have a blog. But, I also never thought that my rekindled love of birding and photography would become such a driving force in my life. During my doctoral course work and as I approached the dissertation process, I made a deal with myself that I would give up a year of my life to dedicated virtually 100% of my non-working time to my dissertation. When I was done, I promised myself that I would renew my childhood passion of birding but much more seriously than ever before. What I did not know at the time was how integral my other lost childhood passion of photography was going to be with birding.

Over the last year-and-a-half, since I graduated in May of 2014, I have dedicated a lot time (and money!) to the pursuit of birding and photography. I have gone from 138 North American species seen to 362 in that time span  and have loved every second of it! I feel that I have reconnected with my childhood, found what truly centers me,and have discovered and explored beautiful natural places in the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Florida that I never would have know about if not for my passion for birding and photography. At this time I have trips to the Lower Rio Grande, Southeast Arizona, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica planned over the span of the next year or so.

As I have bought a Nikon camera (D7100) and lens (AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR), taken thousands of pictures and then upgraded to the Nikon D4s and the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport lens and taken hundreds more, I have decided I need to do more with my pictures than just store them on a hard drive. Not to mention chronicling my excursions and trips.

So, welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy some of my pictures and the narratives of some of my birding adventures!

One thought on “My first blog post

  1. I loved every picture that I have seen on this blog. I need to do something with my pictures too. Heading back this Sunday Jan 21 st to Reel foot Lake, TN to see the Bald Eagles. (You must go here) Saw over 80 last year. They come in a feed on the Snowy Geese from up North when the lakes and ponds freeze over this time of year. Heading south to Mississippi Sandhill Cranes that are endangered. Went a couple years ago and didn’t see one. Then on to Dolphin Island, AL to their NWF. Then we start down the Gulf coast of FL stopping several places on our way to Circle B Bar (you must go here too). One of my favorite places in FL to take pictures of Birds. Have on our list 3 Lakes to visit. Glad I saw your posting because we have never been and this was already on our list to visit. The other place is Merritt Island (you went to). Yes, the Black Point Wildlife Dr and on the coast. This is our third year going here. Dec was great, March not so great and hopefully this time the greatest. Love this place too. Going to two places in GA we have not been to. One is Harris Neck NWR and the other two are Savannah NWR & Pinckney NWR. We were told the last time at the GA visitors center when we were passing through to FL is to make sure we got to these places next time. So here we go. Have you been to these places before in GA. I like to meet people who have been to places to give us tips. Thanks for sharing your passion. God Bless You for taking time and a wonderful passion to share with us. Pat Stilwell, Smoky Mountain girl.


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