How I became a Birder
In 2009 when I began my foray into Nature photography I was not a birder. When I began hiking in Hot Springs National Park during the winter of 2009-2010 Birds became my companions. Even in the harshest weather Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Sparrows, Mockingbirds and Pine Warblers were with me along each trail. In those early days of hiking I only had my 5-year-old Sony Cybershot and each clear shot of a moving bird felt like a miracle. I used to call my camera the “Magic Box” as often I had no clue what I had captured until I returned home and scoured the Internet for bird identification.
To get better shots of the many beautiful birds I would stand out-of-sight in the pagoda on Hot Springs Mountain. One morning in February of 2010 as I was looking out over the valley when I heard loud squawking on the lawn below. I glance down and saw a flock of Robins grabbing at seeds and in the melee were smaller Birds holding their own. The Lovely Creatures of the Forest on the Hot Springs Trails I realized they were the same type of Bird I had seen briefly in January.
The exotic markings on the Cedar Waxwing made me take a second look all Birds. I began to see them all with a greater appreciation for their unique and individual beauty. Nature’s winged artistry.
Love to ALL!