Wow, what a month!
As promised, I am paying a little more attention to this website and will be posting at least once a month, maybe more often.
In early November last year (2017) I was contacted by a woman who follows me on my Novice Birder Facebook page. She lives in the Las Vegas area and wanted to spend some time with me on my birding walks and in the process improve her camera skills. We went to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve and spent a few hours walking around the ponds taking photos. She confessed that she purchased the camera she was using on my advice. What?! Apparently, she had seen one of my photos on the facebook page of a Northern Harrier in flight that I took in 2015 and asked what type of camera I used. At the time I had a Canon SX60 HD Powershot Camera (I now use a Nikon Coolpix P900). She bought the Canon camera and the rest is history.
Fast forward to 2018. Since the beginning of the year we’ve tried to go on a walk together every Saturday. We’ve been to Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, the Springs Preserve, Clark County Wetlands Park and the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. She’s been to a few other places in the area and so have I, but it is always nice to have someone to share the experience with if possible. During our walks, I point out the birds and mention a few facts about them, while she discusses the wonderful aspects of photography. I think we’ve both learned a little from each other about our passions along the way. As an added bonus, taking a beginning birder out on a bird watching walk brings its own luck… so far this month I’ve added 3 birds to my Life List and can count a total of 65 species to my 2018 Annual List.