I've been birding for as long as I can remember, which is likely my entire life. Even when I was just a small kid my father would take me birding at
Parker River Wildlife Refuge, and I'd do even more just outside our
When I was still quite young, I took his David Sibley's Birds of North America and sat down with it. I was fascinated with all the amazing illustrations; with lapwings and plovers, gulls and terns, sparrows and warblers. The world beyond my yard grew as I read, and I wanted more. After that I picked up Nat Geo's 3rd edition, then Roger Tory Peterson's full continent guide. At last count, I have about 100 bird books in my bedroom alone. They range from typical guidebooks to books on feeders, fiction works, birding advice and bird photography. My most recommended all-around guide is Sibley's Guide to Birds of North America, but Crossley's ID Guide comes in a close second.
A few Christmases ago, I got very serious about photography and took my gift money and bought a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS to replace the Sony I had “borrowed” from my mother. This camera was just great for taking bird photos, and I was blessed to learn with it. However last year I saved up and bought a Canon EOS 7D and 400mm f/5.6L lens. This is a dream setup, and I am privileged to own it. I hope to share with you here God's stunning world that I see through my lens.
Personal things about me:
I am fifteen years old. And -in case there was any confusion (I doubt there was)- I am a boy.
I have three pets: my two sisters and a cat.
My grandmother lives in our house; she’s a huge blessing to us all, and also one of my biggest supporters.
My parents are fantastic, and my dad enjoys birding with me. Of course, he is necessary for transportation (just for one more year though!)
I play soccer and run track for Hamilton/Wenham RHS, and love almost any game. I'm probably over-competitive. Never mind. I'm definitely over-competitive.
These things all play a role in my life, but this
Strictly for the Birds.