My Birds of Australia Project
This project is expected to take the better part of two years to complete. The project goal is a measure of both the quality and quantity of photographs of species of birds in Australia. Only the best photo for each species will be kept. Better quality pictures will contribute more to the progress than poor photos. Only wild (not captive) birds will be included.
The birds in this project can be viewed in sequential order by date added, size of the bird, quality of the image, or alphabetical order. The images can also be organized by scientific orders, but it is not yet possible to scroll through in that order. Photos can be displayed in the sequence selected by using the next and previous buttons provided, or by using the keyboard left and right arrow keys, or by direct selection from the dropdown menu that appears when hovering the mouse over the indicated order. The order can be changed by menu selection or by scrolling or by using the up and down keyboard keys.
The Birds of Australia, a photography project.
The twists of life are allowing me to be in Sydney, Australia for two years with no real demands on my time. I am relatively free to pursue whatever I want in that time period. It isnít hard for me to know what I want to do. I have a passion for wildlife photography. That is what I want to do.
There was a time that birds didnít even qualify as wildlife in my vocabulary. I still prefer mammals by far. I probably prefer reptiles to birds. I might even prefer insects. The reality of my current situation is that birds are the most available targets. As I practiced my passion for photographing the animal kingdom around the world in recent years, I have actually come to appreciate birds more. I am now excited about pursuing them. I am now somewhat obsessed.
Deciding to pursue this project was difficult. I had to wrestle with a painful existential reality. The world does not need more wildlife photographers. The world does not need more wildlife photographs. Google any species of bird and there will be hundreds of images that pop up on the internet. I cannot bring something different to this realm. Sure, there is the off-chance of catching something never seen before, but that is hardly the type of goal that will get me out of bed in the morning.
Life has taught me an important lesson; the destination is never as meaningful as the journey. This project is a journey. It is a journey for me as a photographer. It is probably even more a journey for me as a scientist. The end result of a couple hundred high quality photographs isnít the reason for doing this project; I am simply on a journey.