Birds I Have Known
After my second expedition to Texas in 2021, I began updating the species gallery descriptions. I’ve sifted Wikipedia and Cornell’s Birds of the World websites for most of my information. When I’ve found interesting (to me) information, I’ve woven it into the narrative, hoping these galleries will provide educational content useful for beginning and intermediate birding enthusiasts. The exercise elevates my understanding of the avian world, and hopefully that information will help other curious souls. Fleshing out each gallery description will be a long process and may take years to complete. But I’ve already taken the first steps on this thousand-mile journey. The format I intend to follow for the species descriptions should conform to the following outline:
- Range description (gleaned from multiple sources)
- Range map (captured from and credited to Birds of the World as per their FAQ)
- Contextual descriptions of my meetings with the species
- Interesting (at least to me) trivia about behaviour
- Subspecies information
I’ve organized my Bird Species images into pseudo families. The reader can use the menus to drill down to find a species of interest. Alternately, the Search feature (far right on the menu bar with the magnifying glass icon) is a method that can deliver a specific subject. Be sure to surround a multi-word search with quotes, or the search engine will deliver results for all words in the search string. For example, “Boat-Tailed Grackle”, or “Quiscalus major” should deliver a single result for the Boat-Tailed Grackle gallery.
It is my goal to present images of as many variations in behavior as possible, without posing a threat to the subject’s survival (I’m very cautious on those rare occasions when I find a nest to photograph); birds in flight, bird eggs, birds foraging, and some bird portraits.
Below are links to albums and galleries that will display birds that have met my camera. Before my Revillagigedos voyage in February 2017, there were 412 species. After my second expedition to Texas in 2021, I recalculated the totals and learned there were 495 species in the Birds I Have Known collection.