Birder's Guide

DEC 2015

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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23 November 2015 | Birder's Guide to Gear Brooklyn, New York Cape May, New Jersey Tom Stephenson Scott Whittle Lessons from a Photo Big Day n the spring of 2014, Tom Stephenson, Scott Whittle, Sam Galick, and Cameron Cox formed a team that set a new record for number of bird species photographed in a 24-hour period. Driving from Angelina National Forest to Galveston, Texas, and then across the state to Uvalde, they photographed 208 birds. (For details, see the 2014 issue of Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy.) Scott and Tom wrote The Warbler Guide and photographed most of the images in that book; in addition, Scott teaches photography workshops in Cape May, New Jersey. Cameron coauthored the new Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatch- ing and did much of the photography for that book. Sam has spent many hours working as a bird counter for the Cape May morning fight, seawatch, and hawk watch, and is always armed with a camera to document birds as they fy by. Among the four of us, there was a substantial base of experience with cameras, lenses, and other bird photog- raphy tools. This article outlines our gear choices and les- sons learned from our Texas Photo Big Day. We think these general recommendations should be especially relevant for active birder-photographers who move around a lot and/or take photos of birds in fight. Gear ChoiCes –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Canon vs. Nikon • All four of us were shooting with Can- on gear. Scott has more than 20 years of experience shooting with Nikon professionally and prefers Nikon in many appli- cations. But after extensive in-the-feld comparisons, he fnds Canon works better for birds in fight. In addition, Canon has a Photo © Sergii Broshevan I

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