Sunday, December 30, 2007

really "up North"

If cold weather deters you from going out to take bird photos, this Minnesota blog will make you appreciate how good we have it. The Visit Crane Lake blog shows and tells us about the beauty "up North" as well as what real winters are really like.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

an hour in the life of a Brown Creeper

"Bugs -- bugs -- gotta find some bugs!"

"Nope -- not here!"

"How am I supposed to find anything under the snow?"

"I just knew it was going to be one of those days!"

Friday, December 28, 2007

Leica's new binoculars

Here are the details on Leica's new Ultravid HD line.
P.S. You may be able to still find some of the previous models at a discount.

cheap shots

Digital 4x6 prints for 8 or 9 cents? Click here.

Where was I?

Can't remember where you took that bird shot? ATP may have the answer for you -- available in a few months. The ATP GPS Photo Finder is a a portable device that geotags photos taken by any digital camera. It’s universally compatible with any digital camera using jpeg image files. Put a memory card into the Photo Finder’s built-in card reader or USB port and it automatically finds and tags your images without any additional software or hardware required. For more info, click here.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

I've had more of them this winter than the last three combined!
They're a fun bird -- quite tame & friendly.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

late afternoon

This female Downy was looking for food as the day was drawing to a close.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Day

This is a graphic created by my nephew, Lauris Sarma, in Latvia.
It is also pretty much how the day looks outside my window this afternoon.
May you enjoy this Christmas Day with your family & friends!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas!


snow & more snow

"When will it stop?"

just in case

Thursday, December 20, 2007


Although this has nothing to do with birding, if you are interested, take a look at my other blog to see what gets me in the Christmas mood.

Monday, December 17, 2007

new Canons?

Photography Blog reports that replacements for the XTi and the 5D may be on their way.

Saturday, December 15, 2007


I enjoy following blogs by other birders/photographers. Recently I came across Jeff Fischer's Ecobirder. He does a great job of covering seasonal changes and reminding us to be aware of our effect on ecology. Take a look!

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Take a look at the Herring Gull photos by the Weekend Shooter in his Dec. 13 post. Who knew that they could be so colorful?

Congratulations Laura!

I was thrilled to read that Laura Erickson will be working as science editor and writer at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Her casual, yet informative, writing style made her one of my favorite birding bloggers.
When her blog was hijacked by a former employer, we missed her and hoped for her return.
Now, about 8 months later, her talents as a writer have been recognized by a worthy institution. We wish her the best!
Laura has promised to continue her blog, where you can read in her own words about this exciting new venture. Also, check out her web site.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

zbirding update

If you are into digiscoping and Zeiss equipment, Zbirding has finally updated its web site after a 6-month hiatus.

Friday, December 7, 2007


Mike's excellent digiscoping blog describes a new scope & camera unit by Nikon that will enable you to get into digiscoping on the cheap (well, relatively cheap). You can see details on Eagle Optics' site. I have some concerns about the small aperture of the scope (50mm rather than 70, 80mm or more). On the other hand, the total unit is very compact and should be easy to lug around, depending upon the tripod you pick.

Nikon D300

Nikon's challenge to Canon
tested here.