I haven’t always been really into photography, it’s actually a relitvly new, and now much beloved, pass time. I’ll spend any lengthy break from work hiking the nearest trails, looking for new and exciting things to feature in a snap shot. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, you probably have, but one of my favorite subjects to take pictures of is birds! Honestly, I’m turning into an avid birder in my spare time- and really not too upset about it. I don’t know the names of all of the birds I’ve seen, or whether they’re male or female, but the joy of being out in nature and seeing them in their natural habitat is beyond compare. I’ve even started strong arming my friends into joining me every once in a while.
Right now is the perfect time to go out and try and see some birds. They are in the middle of their migration right now, and many of them are mating at the moment. One of the places I go to most often is the Skagit Wildlife Preserve if I want to get a great shot. There are many wildlife preserves around the country, the easiest way to see animals you might not get a chance to see otherwise is visit one of these amazing places. There is usually a small fee to park that will end up going to maintenance and conservation, I’m always happy to pay because I want to continue enjoying the preserve.
The last time I went to the preserve I got to take pictures of twenty-eight species of birds, and I’m sure there were many more that I couldn’t see. My favorite so far is the male Downy Woodpecker, but I’ve seen a Song Sparrow, Great Blue Heron and even a Peregrine Falcon. My goal at this point is to get an amazing picture of an owl! So I hope this has been an inspiration to go out and experience nature. If you have any ideas for future travel, hiking or birding trips that you would like to see, please let me know. I’d love to hear what you’re favorite birds are, and see pictures that you’ve taken as well. Happy birding everyone!
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