Greetings from a displaced Canadian

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7 years 1 month ago #32775 by Joseph Heymans
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Hi Everyone,

I'm interested in seeing bird life on other continents, so I thought I'd join your site! I'm currently living in the United States. I must admit I'm still learning the scientific names, plus the nuances of identification within certain families (eg. Emberizidae - aka Sparrows - a very large group - it's boggling).

My photographic endeavors - not necessarily all birding, but a fair bit - brings me here. I also occasionally work with the Cornell Ornithology Lab, so I am familiar to some degree on their requirements for images, etc. As birders go, I am a relative newcomer with only a couple of years under my belt. Hopefully I've been a quick study on the photography side - however, this certainly isn't the correct sub-forum to post images! Hopefully my hummingbird images might be of interest down the road.

I am also planning to prepare an application for funding if a scholarship opportunity doesn't pan out. It's to photograph a critically endangered species in the Himalayan foothills at around 3000m above sea level, so it would be a big surprise if I was selected! <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> Fingers crossed on both counts!

Again, thanks for putting the site together.

Regards,
Marc

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7 years 1 month ago #32786 by Dave Shedman
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Good to have you onboard Marc. I'm a displaced Brit, now living in South Africa, and although we have more than enough species to keep us busy here (the last 'official' SA list I saw was 847 species) we all enjoy seeing photos of birds from other countries and continents. One of our members who lives in New York has posted some fine images of American birds for us. I for one would love to see your hummingbird images as the closest we get to those here are our sunbirds. Looking forward to your contributions and good luck with the Himalayas project, it would be a wonderful experience if you were selected.

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P.S. There's a possibility that me and my partner will be visiting Calgary in July next year so I may want to pick your brains for advice on the best birding spots in that area if you're familiar with it. :D

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7 years 1 month ago #32790 by gordon
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Hi Marc,

Welcome to the forum!

It is good to have a fellow Pentaxian on board <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

Hopefully you will get a lot out of being part of this community!

Cheers,
Gordon

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7 years 1 month ago #32803 by Joseph Heymans
Joseph Heymans replied the topic: Re: Greetings from a displaced Canadian
Gordon and Dave, thank you both for the welcome!

Dave: I am not personally familiar with Calgary, BUT I have a good friend (Dave) who's probably able to steer us in the right direction. He lives a bit north in Edmonton, AB. You are most welcome to pick our brains or he can set us in the right direction. BTW, I agree with your comment about the Sunbird - what a beautiful/colorful species!! I saw a post somewhere (Canon specific forum) when doing a search on the Sunbird and the poster visiting SA wondered if it was a hummingbird. I can easily see the confusion. AFAIK, the hummingbird is a New World "specific" species. I'll oblige on the hummingbird images when I get more time and keep you posted - thanks for the good wishes.

Gordon: thanks again and I appreciate it. I'm getting an education just looking at the images, etc. of the SA realm - I am guessing that you folks are very lucky in that sense. Probably break my neck on the first visit to SA, gawking this way and that <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> at the flora/fauna!! <!-- s:bouncy: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bouncy.gif" alt=":bouncy:" title="Enthusiastic" /><!-- s:bouncy: --> I suspect I'd need at least 7-10 days as the minimum stay.

Regards,
Marc

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