Identifying Hawks

This is a quick article from Audobon on Identiifying Red Tailed Hawks - it's a starting point at least if you can determine whether you're looking at a Red Tail or Red Shouldered if you can figure out it is Red Tailed or not.

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How to photograph birds

When I finally switched over to a smart phone - and to say I was reluctant was an understatement - the selling point was the camera.  iPhones and other smart phones boast these incredible cameras that do almost as much (with the right know how) as my fancy point and shoot.  I take a lot of pictures.  And I mean a lot of pictures.  Over the years, with practice I get better at taking pictures.  Birds are by far one of the hardest images to capture well - at least for me they are.  That does not, however, stop me from at least trying to capture them in their personalities when I have the opportunity.  I am by no means professional - I consider myself a novice, but I am always looking to improve..

Auduban is here to help with this article:

How to Photograph Birds With Your Smartphone

I downloaded the PhotoExpress app which I like a lot after reading this.  I was already using Leafsnap (which is super simple) and now, I will play with the bells and whistles in the PhotoExpress to see what I can accomplish in my photos.  I'm not likely just yet to purchase the telescoping lens.  If I do that I will just invest in the DSLR and bring my photos to the next level.. For now, I'm going to stick with my fancy point and shoot and my phone.

Enjoy!

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Native Plant Search Engine

Audobon has put together a native plants search engine specific to the birds they attract

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Bird Friendly Native Plants

Spring is springing here in Georgia - though I am personally hoping for some cold weather yet.. I can definitely feel my gardening thumb itching to dig in the soil and plant things.

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Why Closer is not Always Better

This Article from Audobon is an interesting perspective from a photographer on getting close to animals and the impact it has on them.

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Using Nature as Inspiration

Audubon Magazine has published a nice article on folk artist Tony Fitzpatrick who uses his 'obsession with birds' for inspiration.  

Reimagining the American Godfinch

How does nature inspire you to be creative?

image from Audubon article - re-imagining the American Goldfinch

image from Audubon article - re-imagining the American Goldfinch

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How Raptors Hunt

Something I spend a lot of time thinking about is making sense of the never ending story happening right in my neighborhood.

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