A winter birding walk was organised for this morning at the arboretum, but because we didn’t know what the weather would be like or if the birds would be showing we added a lecture on how birds adapt to cold and, as an afterthought, a short introduction to bird photography … that brought them out in droves and clearly we have found something that is potentially going to be a winner. Very interesting indeed and something that will be pursued over the next few months as part of our outreach.

Because I was one of the leaders of this event I didn’t get the chance to take many pictures myself – not helped by the very low temperatures and the falling snow that eventually gummed up the camera. I did get a couple, however and lter used them to test some new software I have installed – Apple Lightbox 3. Heavens it is good – just a wonderfully flexible means of editing RAW image files. the birds below were photographed at a distance but the cropped and adjusted results arre quite pleasing for a beginning experiment.

Make Northern Cardinal

The same male NOCA

White-breasted Nuthatch

While we were walking, we happened upon a couple of our ancestors … trappers from the deep forest