Backyard Birdwatching in the Midst of the Pandemic

The author photographing backyard birds from his dining room.
The author photographing backyard birds from his dining room.

Story & photos by Frank W. Baker

Here I am, in Columbia SC, where the weather has taken a turn toward Spring. The azaleas are blooming and the birds outside my windows are quite active.

I’m a big fan of shore and wading birds so, if you’re like me, you’re rather frustrated now that most of the coastline has been placed “off limits” to us as we shelter at home.

Many other bird watching sites are also closed. With nowhere to go, I’m spending more of my time at home. Perhaps, like me, you are taking time to review older images and post some online.

There’s only so much I can do before I need to spend some time away from the computer. A window in my dining room is the perfect spot now because of its unfettered view of my bird feeders.

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A Favorite Place to Photograph Wildlife: The Silver River in Florida

Three juvenile double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) standing on a log on the Silver River in Florida.
Three juvenile double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) standing on a log on the Silver River in Florida.

Story & photos by Linda Burek

My husband and I travel extensively around the United States and Canada in our motorhome from a home base in St. Augustine, Florida. With all that traveling, the Silver River remains one of my favorite places to photograph wildlife.  The river is located east of Ocala in Florida. The thirty springs that comprise Silver Springs form the headwaters of this river and its clear waters flow through dense cypress swamp for almost 5 miles before it feeds into the Ocklawaha River. The area is accessible through Silver Springs State Park and Ray Wayside Park.

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Time’s Growing Short for Showcase Entries

Captions in Photo Contests from NANPA Video on Vimeo.

Entries for this year’s Showcase Competition are due no later than11:00 PM EDT on Monday, September 16th.  Plenty of time to select and enter some of your best work, but not enough to dither and dally.

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