While I LOVE taking photos of birds, identifying them is somewhat more complicated than I thought it would be. This little guy I thought was a Golden Crowned sparrow, but after further research to be sure, I found out it was more likely the White Throated Sparrow, especially since the Golden Crowned Sparrow is found on the east coast, not in Texas.
This little White Throated guy, likes to hop around near bushes, looking for bugs and food on the ground. They breed in Canada but come to Texas during the winter. He seemed very happy to be here to on this beautiful sunny day in January. I love his funny little tummy that sticks out, I think he has had a good time finding food here.
They love seeds, berries, and insects, which I am sure they find in abundance in East Texas, since we have so many bugs! I am glad they come, hopefully they eat as many bugs as they can find! I found most of my information on the White Throated Sparrow at allaboutbirds.org, for more information on the White Throated Sparrow visit their page here.
I am beside myself with happiness, while outside with my new Olympus lens, I discovered I am somewhat a nerd when it comes to birds. I want to capture them all. I know bird watching is a thing, I’ve always thought it was kind of nerdy, and thought I needed to be older to do it, because it just didn’t sound young and hip. Here I am though, totally in love with taking photos of birds. I wouldn’t be here without the Olympus Zuiko 75-300 lens, it’s a super telephoto lens that makes it easy to capture birds while out hiking because it’s actually very small for a telephoto lens. I thought of a name for the blog and can’t wait to get started! I will mainly post photos of birds that I, ahem, watching. Yep. Exciting stuff.
I might even (watch out!) research these birds and write something about them. There is something magical of being out in nature and staring up in a tree to see these little guys fluttering around. Then to be able to actually get to see what they look like through a lens, it’s like finding little secrets hidden in the woods. All I can say is becoming a bird watcher, is this is going to be fun.