Thursday, April 15, 2010

CAUTION: The following photo's might be depressing

We all thought we were very slowly slipping into spring. The winds have been very strong, but the temps were in the upper 40's. Then Mitch the Channel 11 weather guy predicted 2 inches of snow. We all blew it off.

We had uncovered our warm weather toys and parked our winter things. I had taken my winter gear out of Lucille (my truck) and brought it inside to wash and put up until next winter. Some of the flowers were turning green.
Try 7 - 10 inches depending on what side of Anchorage you live on.
ARGH!
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

National Geographic Backyard Birding

It doesn't matter what field guide you like, you can't have enough of them. I keep 2 in Lucille (my truck) and several in my home office and I have every author / publisher that covers Alaska. Some are easier to use than others and some have better information. So whatever field guide you want me to recommend for you, I'll tell you about all of them and then let you figure it out.

There's been several times that I've taken a photograph of a bird or some landscape and I get home and load it onto the computer and notice something that I didn't when I was in the field. Now I'm pretty good about identifying most of the birds you commonly see in Alaska, but I am no expert. I am a very active amateur birder by all means.


I got an email the other day, like many of you probably did. It was about National Geographic Backyard Birder. I set it aside until the weekend when I had more time to check it out. I love most of their stuff and watch the Nat Geo Channel often, so I wasn't surprised at the quality of the graphics, the information in it and the ease of use. They cover 150 of the most common birds found in North America. My friend Ghost the Snowy Owl was a little disappointed that his species wasn't included, but most other common birds are. They also have an audio so you can hear their songs and or sounds.

I like this site and will return often to learn more about the species included in it when I find time sitting in front of the computer. If you would like to check it out, click here. I wasn't asked to review this site. This is my opinion on the site. Take it as you will.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Sky Dancers

I went out to Camp Carroll with Britt yesterday and the eagles put on a sky dance for us.

They glided above us in circles I know was only a minute or so but seemed longer. They make it look so easy. Both were immatures.

Britt got a new EOS 1D Mark IV for her birthday. Lucky Gal! See some of her work at www. akbritt.com . See more of mine at http://davedorsey.smugmug.com/gallery/11313210_jK4rf/#826488965_HsRMu

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