Spring Goals 2010

Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor) - Falmouth, Maine

Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor) - Falmouth, Maine

It’s getting to be spring and the earliest migrants have arrived.  In only about 2 weeks we should see the first arrival of warblers and the rest of the songbirds.  With all this reviewing of goals this week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the spring and what I would like to accomplish.  Once again, I thought I would take a few minutes to share what I have been thinking about.

I have a lot going on in the next few months so while I am making these goals fairly ambitious chances are, like my winter goals, I won’t be able to cover all of them.  So what is already on my plate?  Well, for starters I will be an instructor for two courses through the Cornell Outdoor Education program, Backcountry Photography on Saturdays and Tree Climbing on Sundays.  That means every weekend I’ll be outside, but it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll be out to capture photographs (especially with the treeclimbing).  These courses start in about two weeks and will run through the middle of May.

I also have two new business ventures that both will require an enormous amount of time in front of a computer, but I still plan to get out and photograph spring migrants at least a couple times a week for a few hours in the morning.

Warblers – I have a special place in my heart for these little feathered gems and I plan to dedicate some serious time photographing this family this spring and summer.  I have images on about a dozen species currently but I’d love to expand my files on those species and begin to add additional species.  Special targets will include Cerulean Warbler, Mourning Warbler, and both Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warblers.  As spring becomes summer, I’d like to capture more natural history style photographs rather than just simple portraits.  All of these are pretty tough birds so it should be a great challenge.

Climbing – I have this crazy idea that getting into a nice tree canopy during migration might just provide some great birding opportunities and possibly some good photography opportunities.  I haven’t picked a location yet, but I have a few in mind.  Since I’ll be climbing regularly in April/May I don’t think it will be a problem to find a good spot!

Landscapes – In conjunction with the backcountry photography course, I’m looking forward to also doing a little more landscape work.  This is a beautiful region and I can’t wait to see everything start budding out.  We are supposed to get into the 80s for at least two days this weekend so maybe that will get the sap flowing!

These goals are a little bit different than my winter goals and while ambitious, especially the Warblers, I look forward to the challenge and hopefully some great images will result!

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