since I was a young kid, my father had me out fishing, hiking, camping, and
enjoying the outdoors in Utah. I raised chickens, pigeons, pheasants, and
chukars as a boy and had a myriad of other pets. I started taking wildlife
and nature photographs somewhere around 20 years ago just for memory sake
and to hang a few pictures on the wall. I take pictures of most anything
that moves outdoors, but lately I’ve been intrigued by the bird world. I
really enjoy the challenge (often extreme challenge) of trying to get
pictures of these shy and elusive birds. I came across the Utah Birds
website a few months back and I loved the idea of having the users share
their outings and post their photos. I very much enjoy the pictures that
others post and I love to get the “Birdtalk” emails describing people’s
adventures and sightings. I laugh out loud at the peculiar and creative
descriptions we bird watchers use to describe the song of a bird or the
birds actions. I’ve learned a ton about birding from the “birders” on Utah
Birds and I have become quite the “Bird Nerd” as my wife calls me. You know
you are a Bird Nerd if you constantly have bird seed and nectar on your
grocery list. I am thrilled to be part of the bird watching community and I
am hooked on Birding. I consider myself an amateur birder and photographer
and I will continue to watch and learn from the great bird enthusiasts here
on Utah Birds. Thanks for such an awesome website and forum.
I live near the mouth of Logan Canyon. I work out in the west desert for ATK Space Systems, so in my travels from home to work, I see a great variety of birds. My great torture in life is that I am not allowed to have a camera at work. During the winter months I come within feet of eagles, hawks, and other critters, and I have no camera. Kills Me!!
Equipment: My camera is a Nikon D200 and I take most of my bird pictures using an AF VR Zoom NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED lens. I also occasionally use an AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens. I have a couple other wide angle lenses for scenery and I use a Manfrotto tripod and monopod with a Manfrotto ball head whenever I can. Occasionally a bird will sit still long enough for me to use a Nikon MC-36 remote release. I am currently saving to buy a bird blind (probably Ameristep) so hopefully I can get closer to the birds. The bird blind is a lot cheaper than an 800mm lens.