The Business Birder®

Brunswick Wildlife
Wildlife of Brunswick County and the Lower Cape Fear Region

Between 2007 and 2012, I had over 150 articles in this series published in the Brunswick Beacon, the Southport State Port Pilot, and
the Brunswick Voice section of The Wilmington Star-News. I was paid a small amount by the Brunswick Beacon for the first 51 articles; otherwise,
I contributed the remainder. The initial posting was articles from 2007 through 2010. Articles from 2011 & 2012 are currently being added.

I have not made time to re-write them. Some were edited by the Editor so this is the version I sent in but not necessarily the exact copy
the paper published. If you find an error please let me know and I will correct it. I will eventually re-edit
the articles and replace/add relevent photos taken subsequent to original publish date. Please email me errors or questions.

I learned a lot from the process which is the main reason I continued regardless of lack of pay. For some articles, I knew most of the content and for others I
had to learn by reading a lot of background material. All photos, except for the article about a photo contest, are mine and are copyrighted.

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the newspapers for giving me the opportunity and to many others who helped along the way!
I wish I had Adobe files of the actual articles so you could see the fantastic layouts created by the Pilot Features Editor.
Thank you all!

Abnormal Plumage Color: Got Melanin?" (December 2009)
American Kestrel: But you can call me "Sparrow Hawk" (March 2008)
American Oystercatcher: Shorebird Superstar (August 2009)
American Robin: Extraordinary Ordinary Bird (December 2008)
Attracting Winter Hummers (September 2008)
Backyard Disasters (October 2007)
Backyard Disasters (May 2009)
Backyard Disasters (May 2011)
Backyard Snowbirds (March 2009)
Big Waders, Big Photo Ops (Great Blue Heron & Great Egret) (February 2009)
Basics of Bird Identification (August 2007)
Battery Island: What's wrong with this picture? (July 2008)
Battery Island's Ibises (July 2008)
Birding is a Battlefield (March 2010)
Birding on the Solomon T (August 2008)
Bird Song: Crank it up, bird songs are back! (February 2008)
Black Bears: The Right to Arm Bears (July 2008)
Black Skimmers (October 2008)
Black Skimmers (August 2007)
Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve (July 2007)
Brown Pelican: Back from the Brink (August 2009)
Brunswick Butterfly Count (September 2007)
Brunswick Forest: Tracking Brunswick's Wildlife (July 2010)
Brunswick Forest Wildlife (August 2010)
Brunswick Town Winter Birding (December 2007)
Butterflies (May 2007)
Butterflies: Happy Lep Year! (August 2008)
Butterflies: Here's Mud in your Eye (August 2008)
Cape Fear Estuary: What's wrong with this picture? (July 2008)
Carolina Birding on such a Winter's Day (December 2009)
Carolina Wren: Got Attitude? (March 2008)
Cattle Egrets Flock with the Cows (August 2009)
Cedar Waxwings: Air Hogs Coming soon to your Backyard (March 2010)
Christmas Bird Counts: A CFAS Christmas (January 2010)
Christopher Columbus, Birder (October 2007)
Common Birds in Decline (July 2007, Part 1)
Common Birds in Decline (July 2007, Part 2)
Ditches of Brunswick County (July 2008)
Double-crested Cormorant: Nobody's Favorite Bird (October2009)
Doves: Of Collards and Doves (December 2008)
The Eagle and I (May 2007)
Eastern Bluebird: Scouting for Bluebirds (Eagle Scout Project) (July 2008)
Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve (January 2008)
Extreme Vagrancy (Ash-throated Flycatcher & Western Kingbird) (November 2007)
Fall Migration Offers Great Birding in Brunswick County (August 2009)
Fall Migration on the NC Birding Trail (October 2007)
Feeding Hummingbirds (July 2007)
Foggy Morning Birding (January 2009)
Frogs and Toads: The Birds Sure Were Ugly Yestereday! (April 2009)
Gators (October 2007)
Glossy Ibis: Battery Island's Other Ibis (September 2007)
Golden Mystery Squirrel (July 2009)
Golden Silk Spider (November 2007)
Great Backyard Bird Count 2010: A Groovy Day for a Bird Count (February 2010)
Great Horned Owl (March 2007)
Great Horned Owl: The GHOW Show! (April 2009)
Giving Thanks (Thanksgiving 2010)
Greenfield Lake: Greenfield by the Hour (March 2008)
Gulls of Winter (December 2007)
Happy New Birding Year! (January 2009)
Holiday Geese (Ross's and Snow Geese) (January 2008)
Home is the Salt Marsh (Part 1) (May 2009)
Home is the Salt Marsh (Part 2) (May 2009)
Ibis Fest 2010: A Photo Contest Comes of Age! (June 2010)
Laughing Gulls (June 2007)
Little Waders (Snowy Egret and Black-crowned Night-Heron) (April 2008)
Loggerhead Shrike (November 2007)
Lost World: My Backyard Ecosystem (September 2008)
Lunar Eclipse (Total Eclipse February 18, 2008) (March 2008)
Migrating Warblers Revealed! (September 2009)
Migration Basics (and Miracles) (Part 1) (October 2008)
Migration Basics (and Miracles) (Part 2) (October 2008)
Mimids of the Lower Cape Fear (December 2007)
Miss Annie, Boiled Peanuts, & Dawg Days Birding (August 2010)
Mobbing Behavior in Birds (October 2008)
Monarch Migration: Catch you on the flip flop! (March 2009)
Monarch Miracles (September 2007)
Mottled Duck: One Rare Duck (December 2007)
Native Plants: Got Green? (September 2010)
Nature Writing: Back to Basics (February 2009)
Northern Mockingbird: Dang Mockingbird!!! (January 2010)
Northern Shoveler: With a Bill Like That... (February 2009)
Nuthatches Make Me Smile (November 2010)
Oak Island's Wildlife Rehabilitator (January 2008)
Oak Island Birding (April 2008)
Oak Island: Birding the West End (October 2008)
On Orton Pond (February 2009)
Ospreys (July 2007)
Painted Bunting Block Party (June 2010)
Pileated "Don't Call Me Woody" Woodpecker (November 2007)
Pine Siskin: Year of the Siskin Invasion (March 2009)
"Masked Fuzzy Warbler" (Northern Raccoon) (May 2007)
Rabbits: Feel The Need For Speed (May 2010)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker: Longleaf Pine Specialist (February 2008)
Red-tailed Hawk (April 2008)
Reddish Egret: Post-breeding Dispersal (September 2008)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird: Want to see photos of my grandkids? (June 2008)
Scouting for Sparrows (Girl Scout Project) (December 2008)
Sea Turtle Protection: It takes a Community (September 2010)
Snakes! (September 2007)
Spring Lands in the Backyard (April 2010)
Spring Migration (May 2012)
"Sticky Gold" Birding (Part 1) (January 2009)
"Sticky Gold" Birding (Part 2) (February 2009)
Summetime and the Birding is Easy (April 2012)
Sunset Beach: Summer's End (October 2009)
"Swamp Warblers" (April 2007)
Sweat the Small Stuff (June 2010)
Terns (June 2007)
The Birding Trip That Never Happened: Remembering 9/11 (September 2007)
The Birding Trip That Never Happened: Remembering 9/11 Revisited (September 2008)
Vultures (April 2007)
Warbler Nest Failure (June 2007)
Watchable Wildlife on the Cross-Brunswick Expressway (April 2010)
Watching Winter Ducks (February 2009)
Welcome Home FOY! (May 2009)
Wildlife Photography: What I Know For Now (February 2008)
Wildlife Photography: There's Always One More Twig (January 2013)
White Ibis: Juvenile White Ibises (August 2008)
White Ibis: Batterey's White Ibises Upgrade Their Wardrobe (August 2012)
White Pelican: Our Other Pelicans (March 2011)
Winter Birding (December 2011)
Winter Hummers Redux (November 2008)
Winter's Songbirds (February 2008)
Winter Sparrows (November 2007)
Woodpecker Home Invasion (Red-bellied Woodpeckers) (June 2008)
Wood Storks (September 2008)
Wood Storks (August 2007)
Yard Birds (August 2007)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: Not Just a Funny Name (November 2009)
Zebra Heliconian (August 2008)

Canon EOS 20D, 40D, 60D, and 5D Mark III cameras with a 500 mm f4 IS USM lens were used for many telephoto images. A 1.4X extender and/or extension tubes were added as needed.
Many images were also taken with Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 IS USM and Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lenses.
For landscapes, birders, and some birds, I use a Sony Cyber-shot DSC 828 DSLR camera with a fixed 28-200mm Zeiss zoom lens.

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