3/20/15 - Wow, over the past few months we have really gotten into birding. While Candy focuses on getting the right equipment & techniques for photographing them, I (Kathy) am focusing on learning how to identify them. After several classes taught by well-respected birders in the AZ area, I have learned a lot about location, habitat, behavior & structure; and gotten a lot of tips on posture, shape, size, patterns/color and silhouettes. Field trips put all of the training to use & led to some excellent birding. All birding activity is jammed into the months of November to April here. I am so lucky I started my learning in the fall & have gotten to experience so many migrating birds this winter. Who knew there were SO many kinds of ducks! I got to see all these fine males in their breeding plumage - Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Hooded Merganser (a favorite). And then there were American Coots, American Avocets, Sandhill Cranes, many types of Plovers & Herons. And so many kinds of sparrows! And our very special not-seen-too-much-outside-of-Arizona Abert's Towhee. Then the Thrashers & Verdins & Flycatchers (Vermillion is a favorite) & Kestrels & Harriers & Hawks & Osprey & Caracara. Who knew birding could be so much fun! Well, some of our birding friends deserve credit for encouraging this hobby.

Candy started coming on some of the field trips & is taking some fabulous shots with a new lens.

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