About Me

My name is Paul… I have been interested in Birds since I was a little boy. I am not sure what fascinates me about Birds and Nature in general, but nothing makes me happier and more at peace with this world than when I am out in the woods or in a  marsh with my Binoculars, Scope and of course my Camera…. I have met many great people in the field over the years.. Some who I still bird with…  I started this blog as a way to document my sightings and tell a story or two about the Birds and other wildlife I see while out in the field….

Hope you enjoy my pages………

17 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Paul,
    There is one photo that I really like, i found it via google images and I was wondering if it would be okay for me to print it for myself? I really like this one: http://porontosbirdingmacomb.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Whimbrel2.jpg
    I am moving into my first place this coming weekend and I would like to get it printed on canvas, i think 16×20 would be big enough for the wall that I have in mind.
    Please let me know if that’s okay. It’s a beautiful photo!
    Thanks!
    Angelika

    p.s. sorry, I don’t know what’s the proper way of requesting something like that!

  2. Hi Paul,

    I work at the nature center at Lake St. Clair Metropark, but live right near Stony Creek. I would love to see a barred owl! Where did you see it? If you would email me that would be awesome! Thanks!

  3. I have seen the Barred Owl at Stony Creek on two occasions out of three that I’ve come to look for it. On both occasions it was along trail B of the West Branch. Walk in to where it T’s then look up almost straight ahead maybe 25-35ft up for a tree whose trunk takes an odd turn. The owl has been perched right where the trunk takes a quick turn (probably the main trunk was broken off in an earlier wind storm and the branch at that spot beccame the new trunk leader). I saw the owl in mid-December and late December. When I went back once in January 2014 it was not there but may just have been off hunting.

    • Hi Tom, The Owl that you speak of has been on the West Branch trail for 3 years that I know of… right on the spot you describe by marker 1. I have never located its nest, but it loves that perch.. This is in Oakland County, so for the Macomb listers it does not count, but I love to photograph it…

  4. I have enjoyed looking at your photos. Top notch work. Could you let us know the equipment you use.
    I am a past president of the Detroit Audubon Society and currently teach forensic photography at Oakland Community College.

    • Hi Steve,
      Thank you for your comments. I use a Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO on a Canon 7D. I will use a flash occasional with a Better Beamer attachment if I am shooting in shadows, but most of the time I do not use it… Its a heavy combo and I like to use a Monopod to help steady the camera. I always shoot RAW and if my exposure is correct, I do minimal processing with Photoshop. I bump saturation and vibrance a little, sharpening at 100 and luminance at 20-30. If needed after converting I will use unmask sharpen and run my photos thru NIK Define noise reduction. This lens set up is very noisy in poor lighting.

  5. Hi, I am not sure but I think I saw some type of eagle this morning flying over my house. Now I know that we have hawks in the area as one is near my place of work at 22 & Gratiot. I live in the same area and this bird much larger then the hawk flew over into a back poplar tree. This tree was broken in a bad storm 2 yrs ago so its basically the trunk and large branches that are straight up. This tree is about 30 to 40 feet tall still.
    I was trying to find out if we had any type of Eagles in this area when I came across your web page

    • Maryann, we have Bald Eagles in this area… they are really making a comeback… They are even nesting at Stony Creek Metropark

  6. Paul:

    There is a nice photo on your website of a Pileated Woodpecker in flight that is viewed from directly below. I would like to ask permission to use that photo (with full credit given to you, of course) to illustrate the relative lengths of certain parts of that species, such as the ratio of tail width to wing width.

  7. Hi Paul,

    We’re making three signs for the Prairie Land Conservancy to install in Macomb IL.
    I’d like to use one of your photos of Henslow’s sparrow on one of the panels. It would be used smaller than a 3×5, and I can provide you with a credit / copyright. Please let me know you’d be interested in letting us use an image.
    Thanks!

  8. Paul,
    We’ve met a few times at LSCMP, I recently started as Director of Operations at Simple Adventures Watersports. I’d like to discuss the possibility of coordinating some Kayak Birding/photography events. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in or if you could recommend someone else, please email me. I’m sure I’ll see you in the field at some point so until then happy birding.

  9. Hi Paul,

    The next Metroparks Board Meeting is this Thursday, June 8th at the Administrative Office in Brighton at 10:30. Public speaking is at the start of the meeting and limited to three minutes. The Board needs to hear from the public they represent. With two new Commissioners there may be an opportunity for change with the Director and his mowing practices.

      • Paul,
        Just saw that you posted on your blog about the article in the Free Press and that the Director is just trying to take the heat off the park. That is probably not the case, although, I cannot be sure. Past history has shown that the Director is the one requesting this mowing and the staff at the park have no choice. I would venture to guess he is attempting to take the heat off himself and deflect to the unfortunate staff who were directed to mow. And I agree that this is not just about the death of a fawn but the bigger picture of adhering to a grassland management plan in the entire park system. There are certainly many areas that should be and need to be manicured but others that should be managed for plant growth and wildlife.

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