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From the editor -- June 2009
April 24, 2009
|If you want to catch a glimpse of the extraordinary beauty and universal appeal of birds - or if you're at all curious about the photographic talents of our readers - take a quick look at the pictures that birdwatchers around the globe are posting on our all-new website. |
You'll see a Short-eared Owl in Washington State caught in mid-swoop with yellow eyes ablaze and wings extended downward. You'll see a lovely close-up of a sunshine-yellow White-collared Manakin at Chan Chich Lodge in beautiful Belize, and a portrait of a wily Northern Mockingbird in a Virginia backyard. There are several shots of bright red Northern Cardinals, hummingbirds with wings a-blur, bluebirds investigating nest boxes, and many other birds - all of them taken by readers like you.
I know from recent personal experience that clicking from one photo to the next can be a highly effective way to make time fly, and fly fast - and that this can be a problem for a magazine editor who has deadlines to observe - but I'm not convinced that such time is misspent.
After all, each photo speaks a thousand words' worth about two things: the beauty and diversity of the world of birds, and the knowledge, patience, and generosity of the people who not only create such wonderful pictures but also want to share them. Please let me know how you like the new website at email@example.com
And speaking of deadlines: You'll no doubt notice that I sent this issue to the printer without Contributing Editor David Allen Sibley's regular column "I.D. Toolkit." I was happy to do it, since it meant David would have a bit more time to send his newest book, a much-anticipated guide to North America's trees, to the publisher. His column will return next issue.