My love of birds and photography really started around the same time. It's funny how something small can change your life and your perception.
It started with the purchase of a bird feeder. It was a handmade feeder that had suction cups for the window with a stained glass bird created on it. I thought it was pretty and purchased it on a whim. It was perfect for the 2nd floor window I had in mind. So I put some sunflower seeds in the feeder and waited. 3 days later I noticed a shadow moving through the curtains and took a peek. There was a bird at the feeder. I had no idea what kind of bird but it was the same bird depicted in the stained glass. I was fascinated. I had seen birds all my life and took them for granted, but here was a bird not 2 feet from my eyes through the glass. I couldn't look away.
I received a bird identification book as a gift that Christmas and it started a journey into birds and birding that filtered into photography. I started grabbing the camera and shooting pictures so that I could study the Bird Book later and identify the species. I am always excited when I see a new species that I haven't seen or photographed before.
The bird on the feeder? It was a nuthatch. Still one of my favorite birds to this day. The way they walk straight down a tree or the underside of a branch is so fun to watch.
...miles away from the ordinary...
Mandi Miles is a Nature, Landscape & Wildlife Photographer based out of Mississauga, ON