Author: Chuq Von Rospach

Finding and reporting Banded Brown Pelicans (and other birds)

One of the things I keep an eye out for when I’m in the field birdwatching or doing photography are tagged birds. I typically find one or two a year, although I once had four. Why? Those tags are part of research programs for people trying to study and understand what these birds are doing, where they travel and how the species are doing. Some of these studies are done by scientists in the field trapping and banding birds using mist nets or cannon nets. Sometimes birds are banded as chicks in the nest, which often happens with urban...

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Some personal updates

It’s been a while since I’ve done a personal status report of sorts, so I figured now was as good a time as any… Overall, my state of mind seems mostly to be something like “Wait? How can it almost be October?”, but when I sit down and think about what I’ve gotten accomplished in the last year or so, I’m pretty happy. One day when I was fretting about how I’d let Occam’s Fireaxe slip again I was annoyed I wasn’t reading more, but when I sat down and made a list of everything I’ve read in the...

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Some recent Photography books I’ve read and how they’re changing my work

Books Discussed in this Article: Luong, Q.T.: Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks Wolfe, Art with Sheppard, Rob: Photographs from the Edge Rowell, Galen: Inner Game of Outdoor Photography duChemin, David: The Soul of the Camera Over the last few months I’ve been trying to take a fresh look at my photography. As part of that, I’ve been spending more time looking at other photographer’s works as inspiration and to try to get a sense of how I want to change the mix of work I’m doing and try out new things. These books have all stood out to me as really good books but beyond that, they were all books that led to insight and changes in my attitude and intentions within my own photography. I think all of them are worth your time, but I wanted to talk about each one a bit to help you understand why these stood above the other photography books I’ve read in the last year. Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks Buy on Amazon When I started thinking about doing a personal project with a focus on the Wildlife Refuges, Luong was one of the inspirations with his work on the National Parks. His new book on them is Treasured Lands, which is both an astounding...

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Apple Watch Sport Loop

I was going to write a piece on Apple’s new Sport Loop, but Mikah Sargent at iMore wrote a really good one first. Please go read Apple Watch Sport Loop: an up close look at the new Midnight Blue band. I agree with everything he says. I picked up the black band, have been wearing it for a couple of days, and I find the material is similar to that of the nylon bands but softer. The black band has the smallest bit of irridescence to it, so it has a hint of some color to it. I find...

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Snow Geese, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

Ask any nature photographer about it, and they will tell you that one day, they wake up and look outside, and something about the air and the light tells them “fall is here”. I had my “it’s fall” moment this week, out doing some birdwatching with a group in Coyote Valley. We had our first Say’s Phoebe, a bird that migrates into this area to winter, and the general tone of the light is telling me that Summer is fading and fall is arriving. We’re also starting to hear reports of the first Sandhill Cranes flying overhead on their...

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