ABA Rare Bird Alert has 25,297 members. Log in; Kk. How to Know the Birds: No. Bringing Back the Birds: Exploring Migration and Preserving Birdscapes throughout the Americas, by Owen Deutsch and the American Bird Conservancy. Welcome to 2020! Editor's Note: The ABA is pleased to welcome American Bird Conservancy President Dr. George Fenwick to the blog to introduce the 5th International Partners in Flight Conference and Conservation Workshop, held this week in Snowbird, Utah. Choose a … Any big milestone encourages taking stock of where you’ve been, where you’re going. I slightly fear that beginning photographers may be a little daunted by this chapter, which to my eye jumps in at an intermediate level of editing software comfort and competency. In her ambitious new Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing Birds and Their Behavior, Marie Read has distilled decades of experience into a beautiful, well-organized reference on the topic. The American Birding Association (ABA) is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1969, dedicated to recreational birding in Canada and the United States. ABA's Birding News >> New Hampshire New Hampshire bird news by date. By Nate Swick|2020-09-24T16:12:37-04:00September 25th, 2020|. Olaf Danielson. You may as well take advantage of this time to find some interesting birds. As if all of this wasn’t comprehensive enough, Read includes chapters on “Basic Image Editing” and “What’s Next” (ideas for using your photos). As is typically the case, we ease into the rare bird world  at the top of the year. It offers plenty of takeaways for the casual photographer, even if they don’t find every chapter or suggestion applicable. If they are not around when you arrive, it sometimes pays to wait. California has both a Garganey (4) and a Red-footed Booby (4) and Florida birders have kept tabs on the continuing La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) [read more…], The end of 2019 means that we’re coming to the end of the ABA’s 50th, looking forward to the our next 50. The American Birding Association celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year and one aspect of its celebration was a reprint of the first issue of the publication now known as Birding.. What is apparent from the reprint, as well as other accounts of the ABA’s early years, is that the ABA was founded in large part to address information and communication shortcomings in the birding community. As is typically the case, we ease into the rare bird world at the top of the year. Ruben Stoll - … With a new presidential administration with new conservation priorities on the horizon, Tykee James of On Word for Wildlife joins us to talk about what birders and conservationists in the United States can expect in the next few months. This [read more…], What: Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus When: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Where: Fountain Creek Regional Park, El Paso County, Colorado. Weekend reads NBC News. Zugunruhe is taking hold among our remaining ABA Area vagrants. Refine your search by entering the type of bird you are looking for. Latest News. Here are the top efforts recorded so far in the ABA area. By Nate Swick|2020-02-04T11:21:20-05:00January 31st, 2020|, As with last week, a La Sagra's Flycatcher (ABA Code 4) in Florida and a Garganey (4) in California represent the continuing continental rarities. Dorian Anderson. Welcome to 2020! Virginia becomes the latest state in 2020 to host a Gray Heron, the farthest south this species has been seen in the ABA Area and only the 2nd Lower 48 record. Also 1st records for Michigan, Prince Edward Island, and possibly Virginia. By Nate Swick|2020-09-03T15:08:07-04:00August 28th, 2020|. Or it will be in a few hours. But the internet is a different place these days and media consumption has changed. By Nate Swick|2020-01-22T15:19:27-05:00January 2nd, 2020|. Others are excited about the much-needed update of the checklist codes to reflect current patterns of distribution … Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area include the La Sagra’s Flycatcher (ABA Code 4) in Florida and a female Garganey (4) in California. By Nate Swick|2020-11-19T17:11:37-05:00November 20th, 2020|. 914-967-4922 — Tom Burke for New York City or Westchester ; eBird Rare Bird Alerts 24, The Owl of the Decade, A Global Birding Pioneer Finally Tells His Tale. Even experienced photographers will gain nuggets of wisdom and validation from a master of Marie Read’s caliber, not to mention enjoying the inspiring selection of photos and easy-to-follow prose. On the Surfbirds website. By Nate Swick|2020-09-03T17:05:33-04:00September 4th, 2020|. List number one, on a single sheet of paper, offered some 50 birds books for sale. There aren't as many birders in Alaska this fall but there are still plenty of birds, like three Oriental Greenfinches in Unalaska. Thank you, Marie Read, for distilling your expertise and vision into such an accessible form in this terrific book. IVORY GULL in Montana! The ABA Blog launched all the way back in 2010 in a time of intense transition at the organization. Additionally, Read focuses on Digital Single-Lens Reflex (AKA DSLR) rigs, which even someone unfamiliar with the jargon would recognize as a large camera body with separate interchangeable (and usually big) lenses. https://www.aba.org/how-to-know-the-birds-by-ted-floyd/, Expert Advice for All Levels of Bird Photography, Excellent Essays and Fantastic Photos Reveal Threats to Western Hemisphere Birds, How to Know the Birds: No. By Nate Swick|2020-11-12T16:53:38-05:00November 13th, 2020|. Press J to jump to the feed. Updated on November 29, 2020, 5:05 pm | View page in digest format ("Siler-style"). And Black-throated Gray Warblers and Neotropic Cormorants continue to turn up across the east. Read’s chapter on “Equipment Essentials” has lots of good advice as well but veers slightly toward tricky ground. Updated on November 14, 2020, 10:50 am. Well, another decade is in the record books. Yve Morrell. Florida continues to host a Black-faced Grassquit (4)  and California read more >>, By Nate Swick|2020-10-23T09:47:27-04:00October 23rd, 2020|, Continuing rarities in the ABA Area come from the south, with the European Golden-Plover (ABA Code 4) in New Mexico still hanging on, and Northern Jacana (4) and Eared Quetzal (4) read more >>, By Nate Swick|2020-10-17T20:18:10-04:00October 16th, 2020|, As it has all summer and well into the fall, the southwest part of the ABA Area has been full of great birds. Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include a Garganey (ABA Code 4) in California, both La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) and Antillean Palm-Swift (5) in Florida, and a Streak-backed Oriole (4) continuing to visit a feeder in Arizona. Thank you for 10 amazing years here at The ABA Blog. The ABA Blog launched all the way back in 2010 in a time of intense transition at the organization. Check SD Birds and the ABA Rare Bird Alert group on Facebook [you must be logged onto Facebook for this link to work] to see if either bird is refound on the 20th. ... Rare Bird Alert: November 1, 2019. By Nate Swick|2020-08-18T16:06:33-04:00August 14th, 2020|. flipped into ... Open in app; Sign up. We are integrating everything that you have come to enjoy from The ABA Blog into the main ABA website. Well, zugunruhe or the fact that the sites where they are found are closing due to the COVID-19 outbreak (in the case of the long-staying La Sagra's Flycatcher in Florida at least). The current Big-Year record for the ABA area is 839 species. ABA Blog A multi-authored blog from the American Birding Association with a focus on all things birding. There’s nothing wrong with continuing to push the easy button ad infinitum, but for those who want to step up their photography game this book presents a trove of practical advice for making wonderful images of birds and undoubtedly improving one’s percentage of winners from each day’s photographic haul. Read has chapters to address these areas, including “Focusing and Image Sharpness,” “Seeing the Light,” “Exposure,” “Composition Basics,” as well as chapters on “The Big Picture,” “Weather, Water, and Mood,” “Shooting Outside the Box,” and “On the Wing” (flight shots). Well, maybe I better re-think that. By Nate Swick|2020-09-19T10:27:08-04:00September 18th, 2020|. By Nate Swick|2020-02-07T15:44:53-05:00February 7th, 2020|. Report rare birds to your state ornithological committee or Audubon society and through eBird. The bird is quite close, as the plover flies, from an individual in extreme southwestern Washington a few weeks ago, and birders have speculated that this might be the same bird having relocated across the mouth of the Columbia River. I think the first chapter, “Getting Started in Bird Photography,” could stand by itself as a thorough article full of ideas for laying a solid foundation for pursuing this most difficult of photographic subjects. Bill Schmoker is known in the birding community as a leading digital photographer of birds. Please abide by state and local restrictions on movement and read more >>, By Nate Swick|2020-03-27T12:04:18-04:00March 27th, 2020|. Today the American Birding Association (ABA) just released the highly-anticipated checklist update (8.0) Many birders, including current and past Big Year birders were eager to see which birds from Hawaii would "make the cut" onto the "new ABA" checklist- including Hawaii. They’re learning about birds and nature. Also Utah and Washington boast state 1sts this week. The amazing Eared Quetzal irruption continues and New Mexico gets into the fun with its 1st record. Washington continues to host a Siberian Accentor (4) into this week, and Florida birders are continuing to keep track of a pair of Caribbean specialities in the south of the state in the form of a Thick-billed Vireo (4) and a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4). But I think its real strength is having the comprehensive expert advice to give someone the tools to make the transition from being a birder with a camera to becoming a serious bird photographer (or to just progress anywhere along that continuum). But there are a couple nice state firsts for those birders looking to get their year lists off right. While I think that DSLRs indeed still offer the greatest photographic potential, new formats such as mirrorless interchangeable lens systems are fast approaching DLSR performance in a smaller package. Often, simply getting close to a subject addresses many of these challenges, and sure enough Read includes a fantastic chapter on the subject. But the highlight is Massachusetts's (and the Lower 48's) 1st record of Gray Heron near Nantucket Island. 212-979-3070 — to hear updated recordings of unusual bird sightings in Greater New York. Each one of them took a whack at the Nov. 2019 Birding Featured Photo, and each one of them pretty quickly got around to [read more…], As we head into the end of 2019, there are still a handful of rare birds in the ABA Area to note. Over the intervening decade it has been an integral part of the American Birding Association’s outreach strategy, providing an opportunity to learn about field marks and rare birds, to hear from our staff and friends, and to organize conservation initiatives. By Nate Swick|2020-03-20T13:55:33-04:00March 20th, 2020|, Birders are self-isolating but that doesn't yet mean we can't go out birding provided we take proper precautions. Recognizing that not everyone has a back yard, I suppose most of these ideas could also apply to patronizing your local patch. We will be posting to both sites through the end of the year to make the transition as easy as possible. They’re outside. Starting in January 2020, we will be doing something different. First, do not panic! #abarare – ABA Blog. The challenge here is that the landscape of camera models, lenses, tripods, and the like will inevitably evolve while the rest of the book’s information is essentially timeless. Brown Boobys are all over the midwest, with birds in Tennessee, Ontario, and Ohio, the latter representing the state's 1st. View on aba.org. You can even comment like you did before (and we encourage that!). ... (1/14). There are bound to be some gems in the mix, but many bird photos taken without planning and technical consideration are disappointing or just so-so for a variety of reasons. The people keep a-comin’. Jay Lehman. 2017 ABA. In 1991 the business was purchased by Allen Hale and moved to Virginia. The American Birding Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides leadership to birders by increasing their knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of birding. As a contrast with backyard bird photography, we also find a chapter on “Bird Photography Hotspots,” with 11 famous sites in North America detailed as well as a handful of briefer suggestions for well-known bird photography destinations and tips for finding your own target-rich hot spots. Experience can help in the identification of a less-common species, but experience does not guarantee success in efforts for finding a "Code 5" rare bird. So the takeaway from the book is to pursue DSLR photography if you have the budget, strength, and desire, but I would add that most of what this chapter and the rest of the book suggest applies to these other types of photo gear as well! Exciting for Oregon this week was a Mountain Plover discovered in Clatsop. GROUP GUIDELINES: This group is for sharing rare and notable reports from the ABA Area. The archive has all CTBirds messages going back to the start of the list in 2007. I love her opening statement that she considers “field craft, creative vision, and determination as contributing far more… than having the newest camera or biggest lens.” Read then states, and I fully agree, that photographers often want to talk about gear or get advice on what equipment to buy. A Crimson-collared Grosbeak (ABA Code 4) continues in Texas. For example, bridge cameras have most (if not all) of the shooting modes and options that DSLRs have, even if many folks don’t commonly access them. Laura Keene - 763 (2016) 5. I hope yours was good. It is maintained by the American Birding Association... ABA Rare Bird Alert aba.org - null Landscape version of the ... Log in; Kk. ABA Area Change Location All Years Current Year Global Big Day May 9, 2020 October Big Day Oct 19, 2019 Global Big Day May 4, 2019 October Big Day Oct 6, 2018 Global Big Day May 5, 2018 Global Big Day May 13, 2017 Global Big Day May 14, 2016 Global Big Day May 9, 2015 By Nate Swick|2020-08-07T12:25:42-04:00August 7th, 2020|. Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area include the La Sagra’s Flycatcher (ABA Code 4) in Florida and a female Garganey (4) in California. 2019 ABA. Getting to the reasons and results of her steps here may be more important than the specifics, especially as one develops their own workflow with their software of preference. 10 hours ago. Her suggestions of choosing locations where birds are used to people, moving carefully and blending in, using hides (portable blinds, vehicles, and boats), and attracting birds all can contribute to ethically narrowing the distance to your subject. Rare Bird Alert: November 27, 2020 Nate Swick 2020-11-26T15:25:55-05:00 November 27th, 2020 | It's La Sagra's season in south Florida, with a bird showing up right on time in the Florida Keys. The well-organized chapters and detailed table of contents will make this a useful reference to go back to repeatedly for tune-ups or to refresh one’s memory on a topic as well—I envision my copy becoming dog-eared over the years. Her image processing workflow is laid out in a well-organized sequence, with well-chosen photos showing key steps along the way. They share berries, they congregate at fruiting trees, they even occasionally over-imbibe. Swallow-tailed Kites continue to make a major push into the northeast and Great Lakes, but the discovery of a Brown Booby on the Current River of Missouri, a state 1st, takes the cake as the bird of the week. This bird is a non-wading species of Ibis with a feather-free head. Today we offer and stock the largest selection of ornithology books in North America; over 2,000 titles in print, including field guides, finding guides, and scientific textbooks. Over the intervening decade it has been an integral part of the American Birding Association’s outreach strategy, providing an opportunity to learn about field marks and rare birds, to hear from our staff and friends, and to organize conservation initiatives. This website uses cookies and third party services. Messages to the CT Birds list may also be viewed on the web in a few places. If someone is using different editing software, including one of the many free online options, I would suggest paying attention to the big picture here instead of the exact tools and commands tailored to the Photoshop world. Want to easily find posts that mention ABA rare birds? List number one, on a single sheet of paper, offered some 50 birds books for sale. So Birding Book Reviews, the American Birding Podcast, Ted Floyd’s How to Know the Birds; all of it will be found in a prominent place at www.aba.org, frequently in its own special portal. Before advertising the presence of a rare bird, evaluate the potential for disturbance to the bird, its surroundings, and other people in the area, and proceed only if access can be controlled, disturbance can be minimized, and permission has been obtained from private landowners. Want to easily find posts that mention ABA rare birds? Northern Wheatears turn up in Pennsylvania, Ontario, and Massachusetts this week. Nicole Koeltzow - 774+1 (2018) 4. See all blogs; Big Year Standings. John Weigel - 784 (2016) 2. Some personal highlights for me: • My kids are teenagers now, how’d that [read more…], For the last Birding photo quiz of the 2010s, we turned the proceedings over to four teen birders who were recent participants in the ABA’s Young Birder of the Year program. ABA's Birding News >> Michigan - UP Michigan - UP bird news by date. Olaf Danielson - 778 (2016) 3. There are some great ideas here for setting up what amounts to a wild bird photography studio right out the back door, and even though the examples may be specific to Read’s property, I’m sure folks’ minds will envision adapting the ideas to their situations. And here at the ABA we’ve been doing a lot of that internally, and in our various publications this year. It’s just that we will no longer be adding to them. Each are loaded with gems of knowledge, practical ideas, and teeming with images to illustrate her points on these subjects. So I think the best parts of this chapter are the big ideas of what to look for in camera gear rather than the specific models given as examples. aba.org - null Landscape version of the Flipboard logo. By Nate Swick|2020-02-28T15:10:30-05:00February 21st, 2020|, Rare birds continuing into the third week of February include the stunning Siberian Accentor (ABA Code 4) in Washington, plus of familiars La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) in Florida and Garganey (4) read more >>, By Nate Swick|2020-02-28T17:08:05-05:00February 14th, 2020|.
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