Showing posts from October, 2009

Thoughts for Beginning Birders

Barn Owl

Just thought I would post a few thoughts for the ever burgeoning group of people joining the ranks of birdwatching.

Malachite Kingfisher, Perching, Botswana Photographic Print

Robles Gil

24 in. x 18 in.

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The foundation for all modern birdwatching is the field mark system originally conceived by the "father of modern birding", Roger Tory Peterson. It revolves around the concept that each bird has unique features that can be used to identify it. Peterson also introduced the idea of shape as a good first indicator of species identity.In his initial version of Field Guide to the Birds of North America he put silhouettes of birds on the inside cover as a means of illustrating this idea. So in summary, field marks form the basis for the identification of birds. But there is more to the story.....

Male Painted Bunting, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA Premium Photographic Print

Jones, Adam

40 in. x 30 in.

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