Before I get started with today's write, I want to apologize. Blogging has become difficult with everything going on here in Southern Arizona. I have been extremely busy with work and along with cooler temps, I have been out in the field more working and doing photography shoots. I'm back today again and look forward to catching up with everyone. I have some amazing stuff coming up. On one shoot, I actually killed my battery for the first time in camera history. Thankfully I now have a spare camera:) Now for today's write.
My friend Kathie taught me about using EBIRD. And it's a GREAT idea!!! But she also warned me that I may get emails from bird doctors and specialists studying data. I understood that and have no problem whatsoever clarifying my work and observations.
Mostly all of it has photo documentation to go with it. I feel that if I don't see the bird or animal, it doesn't count as a sighting. And if I don't get it on camera, it does not count as a real sighting. Recently, I submitted a special day in Costa Rica back in '97 dedicated to my mother who loves all things parrots. I combed the beach for the last remaining flocks of Scarlet Macaws at Corcovado National Park. We raised Macaws from eggs at my house. My mother is a crazy parrot lady and many times our house in Wisconsin would sound like the Amazon rain forest. I am not one for birds in cages and wanted dearly to see these amazing birds in their natural habitat. So I researched and found the last remaining areas where they roamed freely. And in the summer of '97 I left for Costa Rica in search of the Scarlet Macaws.
|This is the 2nd flock with 26 macaws. You need to blow this pic up to see the specks:)|
|First flock of 21. There were more but the camera only caught part of the flock.|
|The 3rd flock leaving.|
So I pulled out the old dusty photo album and counted the black specks in the air and confirmed that my numbers were accurate. I was disappointed at the time because I wasn't able to get the shots that I do now, but somehow last night I was happy to be able to see the dark specs in the sky.