Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator)
Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator)
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)
This project emerged from a personal exploration into the captivating world of bird photography. It began when I received a bird feeder suet as a Christmas gift in 2022. Hanging the feeder outside my apartment, my initial intention was simple—to provide entertainment for our two indoor cats. However, what unfolded surpassed my expectations.
Witnessing more than the occasional sparrow, I found myself captivated by the frequent visits of Black-capped Chickadees. This was my "spark bird". Eager to delve deeper into world of birds, I invested in my first pair of binoculars, amassed books, and downloaded apps—all with the goal of comprehending birds, their behaviours, and the art of identification.
Over the course of my first full year as a bird enthusiast, I contributed 66 checklists to Cornell's eBird database and observed 116 species across western Canada and California. In October, I welcomed Nikon's long-anticipated NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR into my gear collection. Determined to master its use before the Canadian winter set in, I embarked on a mission to capture as many images of birds (and the occasional squirrel) as possible. This project showcases the results of my efforts in 2023, and I eagerly anticipate honing my skills and capturing more species in the coming year.
Each picture was captured with a Nikon Z 6II and post-processed using Adobe Lightroom Classic.
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