I bought a new camera as part of my COVID Coping Strategy and discoverd birds. Little did I know I would accumulate thousands of bird photos. Now Terry has posted a new challenge to prompt me to curate my bird photos. Her challenge is feed the birds but I widened the scope. I tried to pick the photos of more unusual birds and birds you can’t see very well without a Zoom lens. I use an app to identify birds but identification is open to other suggestions. Details on the apps are on my Birding page. Apparently birding is linked to Happiness and since walking is the new pathway to mental health I should be at least be coping with Quarentine. So walking + photgraphy+ birding is a good coping strategy. I have especally enjoyed the Facebook birding and photgraphy pages, especially Bird Fanatics of Vancouver Island, because they give me some interesting places to visit.
Now that it is snowing, it a good time for photo curating. The first group of photos are backyard birds often spotted near bird feeders and the other group is water birds, since I live on the east coast of Vancouver Island. All the birds have been photographed over the past 6 months in the vicinity of Courtenay BC. I feel pretty smart because I can now identify so many birds. Lest you think this was a trivial undertaking.. here are a few of my learnings!
- How to operate my new Canon Powershot SX70 HS
- How to use the bird apps and report sightings
- How to identify the birds.
- How to post captions on WordPress.
- Where the birding hot spots are.
- How to do # sundaystills.
- chat with other birders on my walks.
Why is it so important to have new learnings?
One of the challenges my friends have been having recently is what I call “hitting the wall” but other labels are boredom and Covid Fatigue. I recently listened to a documentary on the radio about Boredom, and one of my key take-aways was the lack of agency we all have during quarentine. That is.. we lack the ability to make things happen. Some people have been able to find a niche that gives them some feeling of agency or accomplisment: blogging, writing, art, weaving, home repairs, decorating, walking, virtual travelling: the Conquerer Challenge, reading, book clubs, language learning, on-line yoga, e-cycling, grandparenting, online courses, cooking, photography, kayaking, zooming and #Sundaystills. What has been your project?
Water and Shore birds.