ONTARIO BIRDING: HOW THIS ALL STARTED
“The more digital the world becomes, the more appetite people have for real things.” [Alan Rusbridger]
I was reflecting on the source of my new hobby. It dates back to the summer of 2013 when I purchased The Ontario Table by Lynn Ogryzlo at Different Drummer bookstore in Burlington. Ms. Ogryzlo awakened an interest in farm fresh produce. The book lead to a renewed interest in farmer’s markets, farm tours, fruit picking, hiking, cooking, eating and outdoor photography.
After my local markets closed in the autumn I turned to street photography but that waned because I felt constrained by privacy concerns. One restless Sunday morning I headed to the Royal Botanical Gardens to practice photographing flowers. From there I was directed to Hendrie Park in Burlington, Ontario, where I encountered a dizzying array of birds and some of the most delightful people. I went birdzerk!
Since that day, I have entered a multitude of previously unknown worlds. The world of birding has caught my interest. Whether it’s bird photography or ornithology, I am interested in learning it all. I have met remarkable, knowledgeable and helpful people along my journey.
Why Ontario? Even the most cursory of glances of any birding website makes it plain that Ontario is home and vacationing spot to a wide range of bird species, from song birds to the majestic birds of prey. There is something for every eye and ear to appreciate. I remember I took a friend out on one of my adventures and she was blown away. When initially we spoke about birding, she, as I would, assumed it was an activity best enjoyed by retirees. Within minutes of arriving at the park she was captivated.
I am no expert, but I am uber enthusiastic about this new adventure. I will describe a bit about the birds and locations, the people I have met and will share photographs as well as interesting tidbits that I have learned along the way.