The good news is, if you live in North America, finding birds is easy. Get started in your own backyard by planting some bird friendly bushes and a feeder. Remember that to attract birds, all you need is food, water and cover. If you build it, they will come.
If you don’t want to work on your backyard, you still have options…
Check with local bird rescue centers who care for injured or orphaned birds of prey. It’s a great opportunity to get close to birds you don’t often see.
Wildlife refuges – the National Wildlife Refuge system in the United States is an amazing gift to all Americans and each refuge is full of birds
Do some research on IBAs – Important Bird Areas as designated by Audubon .
If you want to keep track of the birds you see as well as find out where birds are in your area – check out eBird – Crowd-sourced bird finding database .
There are many paths you can take in birding and we each have our favorite birds. You can usually tell what kinds of birds someone likes by knowing where they look for them. Here are some of my favorite places.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm – St. Augustine, FL .
Gatorland – Orlando, FL .
Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge – Socorro, New Mexico .
Laguna Seca Ranch – Edinburg, Texas .
Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park – Home, AK .
Because of the Internet, it’s easier than ever to find birds. Get online, and look for bird locations, then go out and have fun.
Scott Bourne is an Olympus Visionary, a professional bird/wildlife photographer, author and lecturer who specializes in birds. He is a pioneer in digital photography and was named one of the “30 most influential photographers on the Web” by Huffington Post. His photographic experience spans four decades and his bird/wildlife images have been published in more than 200 magazines and periodicals. He is also a Signed Master at Studio of Masters in China.
Scott has been a founder, co-founder, advisor or early stage investor in several technology companies such as NetRadio, Photofocus, and ViewBug.