Hawkwatching is valuable to female birders. It helps them overcome the tendency to be afraid to say anything at all about a bird in a social birding setting unless they are absolutely certain of what they are seeing.
Being a birder has made me a better mother. A good birder needs patience and a willingness to tune in to the world around them; to feel the subtle changes in the weather that signal migration; to pay attention to the bird songs and daily and seasonal patterns of our feathered friends like the Painted Bunting.
It all started in 2009 when I began taking photos for my recently released Birds of Fairchild book. I was relatively new to both wildlife photography and birds, but had spent a lifetime stalking nature.