The American Birding Association (ABA) is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1969, dedicated to recreational birding in Canada and the United States. 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. A Crimson-collared Grosbeak (ABA Code 4) continues in Texas. He teaches middle school science in Boulder, Colorado. Northern Wheatears turn up in Pennsylvania, Ontario, and Massachusetts this week. British Columbia, Ohio, and Idaho also host 1sts this week. But there are a couple nice state firsts for those birders looking to get their year lists off right. And yes, you can subscribe to the entire feed just like you did before. Starting in January 2020, we will be doing something different. Latest News. 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. Wildlife. 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. 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. Nate Swick2020-11-18T13:45:53-05:00November 19th, 2020|0 Comments. Bill is a popular birding guide, speaker, and workshop instructor. Get caught up at the ABA's Rare Bird Alert. List number one, on a single sheet of paper, offered some 50 birds books for sale. This Nelson's Sparrow has a gray median crown stripe (see photo below). Thank you, Marie Read, for distilling your expertise and vision into such an accessible form in this terrific book. SIBERIAN ACCENTOR in Washington! Onward and upward! Updated on November 29, 2020, 5:05 pm | View page in digest format ("Siler-style"). 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. The ABA Blog launched all the way back in 2010 in a time of intense transition at the organization. To sum up, this book will have ample ideas for getting the most out of any photo gear you choose. ABA's Birding News >> Michigan - UP Michigan - UP bird news by date. Overall ABA … 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. Weekend reads NBC News. Not much in the way of ABA rarities this week, but New Mexico saw the return of a [read more…]. By Nate Swick|2020-09-11T16:28:32-04:00September 11th, 2020|. In 1991 the business was purchased by Allen Hale and moved to Virginia. Press J to jump to the feed. By Nate Swick|2020-09-24T16:12:37-04:00September 25th, 2020|. They share berries, they congregate at fruiting trees, they even occasionally over-imbibe. Recognizing that not everyone has a back yard, I suppose most of these ideas could also apply to patronizing your local patch. Getting close also helps to even the playing field between more modest camera rigs and big guns. Updated on November 24, 2020, 2:20 am | View page in digest format ("Siler-style"). 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. Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area include a Red-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) in California and the Antillean Palm-Swift (5) in south Florida. 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 [read more…] Zugunruhe is taking hold among our remaining ABA Area vagrants. 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). Welcome to 2020! Popular Storyboards. Northwest Territories boasts a 1st Nashville Warbler and British Columbia hosts a strange pairing of Red-legged Kittiwake and Nazca Booby. Want to easily find posts that mention ABA rare birds? 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. Birds names given by the earliest cultures that encountered them were often imitations of their songs/calls. Vanderpoel's effort was the last made without the major contribution of eBird and birding groups on Facebook, which significantly enhanced the quality and quantity of rare bird alerts. Unfortunately, there is no surefire way to find a rare bird. Mistake 2: I didn't have any phone numbers for local birders to come and see such an exciting and rare bird. They’re learning about birds and nature. 2013 ABA. They’re breathing fresh air... Nate Swick2020-11-27T12:56:47-05:00November 26th, 2020|0 Comments. 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. At the complete and official CT Birds archive. So we are changing too. This website uses cookies and third party services. You can even comment like you did before (and we encourage that!). read more >>, By Nate Swick|2020-03-13T10:22:35-04:00March 13th, 2020|, Noteworthy birds in the ABA Area not practicing social distancing from ABA Area birders this week (I'm so sorry), include the the Siberian Accentor (ABA Code 4) in Washington, the Garganey read more >>, By Nate Swick|2020-03-06T11:04:05-05:00March 6th, 2020|, Still continuing into the first week of spring, at least meteorologically speaking, Garganey (ABA Code 4) in California, and the Caribbean pair of La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) and Thick-billed Vireo (4) read more >>, By Nate Swick|2020-02-28T11:40:36-05:00February 28th, 2020|. 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. In 2013, Massachusetts birder Neil Hayward reluctantly decided to do an ABA big year. Newfoundland has had an excellent winter for read more >>, By Nate Swick|2020-01-24T15:00:03-05:00January 24th, 2020|. August means vagrant kites and wandering waders, but an Alabama state 1st South Polar Skua is a fantastic highlight of a weather-full week in the ABA Area. Open in app; Sign up. 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. It’s just that we will no longer be adding to them. First, do not panic! 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. Some of my favorite photos are in this chapter, paired with a wide shot of the feeder, perch, and sometimes the blind setup used to get them. The ABA Blog launched all the way back in 2010 in a time of intense transition at the organization. Also 1st records for Michigan, Prince Edward Island, and possibly Virginia. ABA Checklist Committee Will Not Remove Ivory-billed Woodpecker From The Category Of "Extinct" Until "Unequivocal Proof" Of Rediscovery Is Produced!!! Blog Archive: 2010 . Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts This week is no exception, especially with continuing read more >>, By Nate Swick|2020-10-09T10:12:04-04:00October 9th, 2020|. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]. 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. 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. Complementing the “Getting Close” chapter is “Beauty Close to Home,” which promotes staying home in a bird-friendly backyard to get great photos. Well, another decade is in the record books. But the internet is a different place these days and media consumption has changed. 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. Many birders opt for even simpler, smaller, and more affordable all-in-one super zooms (or “bridge” cameras, that bridge the gap from small, cheap point-and-shoots to DSLRs). Copyright © 2020 American Birding Association, Inc. No material displayed on the ABA website may be reproduced in any form without the express prior written consent of the ABA. And the month begins with a real bang in the form of Rhode Island's 1st Common Cuckoo, as well as 1st Yellow-eyed Junco for Kansas and Pacific Golden-Plover for Connecticut. I’d have no hesitation recommending this book to anyone heading out birding with camera in hand. The focus here is on using Adobe Photoshop, while Adobe Lightroom also gets an endorsement (though no specific treatment). 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. Please note that due to staff working from home and the holiday season, orders will not be shipped until the first of the year. 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 flipped into Wings. It offers plenty of takeaways for the casual photographer, even if they don’t find every chapter or suggestion applicable. Dorian Anderson. I hope yours was good. 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. Bill is especially fond of his involvement with the ABA’s Institute for Field Ornithology and Young Birder Programs. 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. The archive has all CTBirds messages going back to the start of the list in 2007. If they are not around when you arrive, it sometimes pays to wait. Blog Birding #340 Jessica Gorzo , at her eponymous blog, collects a comprehensive list of onomatopoetic bird names , including a few you might not have suspected. It has been called "the standard-bearer for serious birding in North America." 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). Rare birds show up all the time, that is why you must always be on the lookout for unusual birds. This [read more…], What: Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus When: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Where: Fountain Creek Regional Park, El Paso County, Colorado. 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. It's Novembird! View on aba.org. These traits, along with their bald heads, separates these two species of ibis from all others. By Nate Swick|2020-01-22T15:19:27-05:00January 2nd, 2020|. Along with the Southern Bald Ibis, these birds prefer arid landscape over wetlands, and will breed on cliffs rather than in trees. It is maintained by the American Birding Association... ABA Rare Bird Alert aba.org - null Landscape version of the ... Log in; Kk. By Nate Swick|2020-08-18T16:06:33-04:00August 14th, 2020|. This is a question every birder, young and old, wants to be able to answer. The ABA Blog will be archived at the end of the month. But bird of the week comes from Florida where Thick-billed Vireos have evidently nested for a second straight year. ‎On The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #60 I talk with Nate Swick, whose job with the ABA is loosely defined as digital content manager, but birders know as the keeper of the ABAs Rare Bird Alerts page, more recently from the ABA Podcast, and as one of the primary faces of the ABA online. Neil Hayward. Besides questions about gear, I also get frequent inquiries about difficulties with bird photography such as blurriness, being too light or too dark, not capturing enough detail and/or compelling behavior, or trouble tracking flying birds. 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. 2017 ABA. The content that you have enjoyed this last decade is not going anywhere. ABA's Birding News >> Georgia Georgia bird news by date. By Nate Swick|2020-01-22T15:20:00-05:00January 10th, 2020|. In fact, much of the solid advice in this chapter can apply to improving one’s birding skills in general. Hurricane Laura brought multiple Band-rumped Storm-Petrels into the Midwest, including Indiana's 1st. The book’s 16 well-organized and illustrated chapters comprehensively cover nearly every consideration of bird photography. Bringing Back the Birds: Exploring Migration and Preserving Birdscapes throughout the Americas, by Owen Deutsch and the American Bird Conservancy. 212-979-3070 — to hear updated recordings of unusual bird sightings in Greater New York. Her image processing workflow is laid out in a well-organized sequence, with well-chosen photos showing key steps along the way. I haven't carried a field guide with me when birding in over 35 years--I've memorized all the birds I am likely to see. Jay Lehman. By Nate Swick|2020-09-03T15:08:07-04:00August 28th, 2020|. Read More Rare Bird Alert: January 10, 2020 The folks at the feeding station are masked and socially distanced. The American Birding Association (ABA) is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1969, dedicated to recreational birding in Canada and the United States. Also Utah and Washington boast state 1sts this week. This bird is a non-wading species of Ibis with a feather-free head. 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. 2016 ABA. Choose a … 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. 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. 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). In Georgia, a young Snail Kite in Charlton is the state’s long-anticipated 1st record. ABA Blog A multi-authored blog from the American Birding Association with a focus on all things birding. Late winter is producing some interesting rare birds across the ABA Area. 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. List number one, on a single sheet of paper, offered some 50 birds books for sale. This Rare Bird Alert is sponsored by The Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. By Nate Swick|2020-11-19T17:11:37-05:00November 20th, 2020|. ABA Rare Bird Alert has 25,297 members. The ABA Blog is Dead; Long Live The ABA Blog! But the highlight is Massachusetts's (and the Lower 48's) 1st record of Gray Heron near Nantucket Island. John Weigel - 784 (2016) 2. 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. Exciting for Oregon this week was a Mountain Plover discovered in Clatsop. 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. Given the explosive growth of digital bird photography in the last decade or so, there have been surprisingly few titles devoted to the topic despite the proliferation of birding books in the same time span. You may as well take advantage of this time to find some interesting birds. 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. 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. Fall 2020 continues to be a good one, with multiple 1st records this week including an extraordinary European Golden-Plover in New Mexico of all places. The characteristics that have defined “blogs” have largely been subsumed by social media. Nate is an avi… 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. We will be posting to both sites through the end of the year to make the transition as easy as possible. Welcome to 2020! As is typically the case, we ease into the rare bird world  at the top of the year. They’re outside. 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. How to Know the Birds: No. GROUP GUIDELINES: This group is for sharing rare and notable reports from the ABA Area. 2013 ABA. 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.

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