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Bill Schmoker
Longmont, Colorado
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Simply awesome, such a cool way to wrap the day! Amazing talent to come up with such funny and clever songs in-between everything else you guys were doing at camp, BRAVO!!
p.s. There's a nice article and video news story including an interview with Jeff Gordon about the camp here:
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2013 on 2013 ABA Camp Avocet at ABA Blog
Thanks, Mary! I'm glad you liked my voice coming through the piece. I don't ever mind editing help- if I'm writing something more formally (like the column I wrote for Winging It) it definitely gets edited, but in the blog it is just my tired eyes looking it over. So having someone give it a fresh read and finding a problem for me is a bonus, and lets me know someone is reading it!! Anyway, I think I found a nice compromise in my revised caption. Thanks again, & best- Bill
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2013 on You Know You're a Birder When... at ABA Blog
Ah, good catch. Thanks, Madeline!
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2013 on You Know You're a Birder When... at ABA Blog
For the latter half or so of July I was incredibly fortunate and privileged to sail from western Iceland to Greenland aboard the National Geographic Explorer as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. The trip was so full of highlights that I'm still wrapping my head around it; I'm working on photos... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at ABA Blog
Bill Schmoker observes the Bald Eagle in a moment of seaside opportunism. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at ABA Blog
Hey ABA Blog readers- I recently saw this video showing the new PhoneSkope C4 universal phonescoping adapter and thought it was pretty intriguing. I haven't put my hands on one yet (I'm hoping to get one to review soon) but wondered if any of you have tried it? If so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at ABA Blog
Bill Schmoker headed to the Badlands of South Dakota and returns with some amazing images. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at ABA Blog
Great post, Ted, and props for the Bionic Woman reference.
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2013 on The Bare-Naked Big Walk at ABA Blog
A couple of years ago I posted about a photo rig for kayaks. I like the setup but it is mainly for pretty committed bird & wildlife photography (serious tripod & head, big lens, etc.) As I was getting ready for a little paddling trip a couple of days ago... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at ABA Blog
Ruddy Duck is one of those species that I see fairly often in a typical year, but rarely see well. They usually come through my neck of the woods in their duller plumage, and usually like to congregate out in big reservoirs out of nice photo range. When I do... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at ABA Blog
I'm scrambling to get everything squared away before heading off to the 2013 Colorado Field Ornithologists Convention in beautiful Cortez, Colorado, so I'll let these two pictures do the talking... Bottom line: If you want better snaps at your feeders, give your avian subjects some nice-looking perches to pose on.... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2013 at ABA Blog
Thanks, Ryan- I can see that for professional results an off-body mic is the way to go. Great examples, most inspirational! May I ask what shotgun mic you are using? If the audio is crappy another way to go is to just scub it for silent footage, but with birds making so many neat sounds I'd rather have audio, even with a bit of ambient noise from wind, focus motors, etc. Best- Bill
Toggle Commented May 2, 2013 on DSLR Bird Vids at ABA Blog
Hi Gabriel- I haven't had any better submissions so you win!! (There was an audible Western Meadowlark, too, but everything you have is correct.) Email me with your mailing address and I'll send you the book: (bill.schmoker at Congrats, & thanks for playing!!
Toggle Commented May 2, 2013 on Avian Interlopers at ABA Blog
I'm easing myself into a new realm of bird photography, dabbling with videos to supplement my core interest of shooting stills. Three primary factors influenced my decision to try this. First, I enviously watched my buddies Brian Sullivan and Chris Wood shooting video with their DSLR rigs and thought it... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at ABA Blog
Hi Gabriel- most excellent list, all there are correct but one species missing... give it one more look/listen!
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2013 on Avian Interlopers at ABA Blog
I hope that you enjoyed Noah Strycker's latest ABA Blog entry about camera trapping as much as I did. Like Noah, I'm really enjoying the addition of motion-activated trail cameras to my bag of tricks. One of Forrest Gump's trademark quotes may well apply to camera trapping: "Life was like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2013 at ABA Blog
It is nice to see a pair of Barn Owls back for another season using a box I put up a few years ago in a friend's barn not too far from home. I featured these barn owls in an earlier post, with still Infrared (IR) photos taken with a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at ABA Blog
Thanks for the reviews, Hannah! I think I'll get a copy of Nighthawk! for Garrett to read. Like Corinna Wren, he's getting into chapter books and I'll bet he'd like this one based on your review. See you out in the field soon, I hope!
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2013 on Bird Books for Children at ABA Blog
If you follow many bird blogs you may have noticed a lot of press recently for the upcoming Crossley ID guide to Raptors (scheduled for release in April- your order from Buteo Books helps support the ABA!) Crossley Books and Princeton University Press have coordinated a bird blog tour to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at ABA Blog
Ha- got me on that one, Andy!! Thanks for the note- Bill
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2013 on Albuquerque Rally Bits at ABA Blog
I've had the honor and pleasure of leading at the recently concluded ABA Winter Birding Rally in Albuquerque this week, and thought I'd share a few personal photographic highlights. It is really nice to see the growing lineup of upcoming ABA offerings, and even more tantalizing events were announced at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2013 at ABA Blog
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2013 on Are your windows ready? at ABA Blog
Excellent tips, Chuck, I'll certainly keep those in mind when I'm battling a strong temperature gradient!
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2013 on Are your windows ready? at ABA Blog
Thanks for the great update, Steve! And thanks for keeping our Android users in mind.
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2013 on Count Circle at ABA Blog