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The Casual Birder Podcast

Suzy shares the joy of watching wild birds, from her garden visitors in southern England to birds seen internationally.

Learn how to identify species, notice their behaviours, and recognize songs and calls.

Join Suzy for recorded bird outings, interviews with experts and enthusiasts, and stories from birders around the world.

Suzy says: “Birding is a great pastime. It can be done with others or alone. You don't need expensive equipment, your eyes or ears are enough. And best of all, the Casual Birder can do as much or as little birding as suits them. It's perfect for fitting into our busy schedules.”

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Nov 18, 2020

In episode 80, I speak with Jocelyn Anderson, photographer and birder.

Jocelyn lives in Michigan, and started photographing birds around 4 years ago. Her award-winning bird portraits are absolutely stunning.

Jocelyn also films gorgeous slow motion videos of Woodpeckers, Chickadees and Nuthatches taking food from her hand.

In our interview, Jocelyn shares tales of the birds she has photographed at her local park in South eastern Michigan, including the fascinating story of a gosling adopted by a Sandhill Crane family.

In addition, there are tips on photographing birds, and the benefits of joining local birding groups.

Time stamps:

  • 00:02:09 Hand Feeding Birds
  • 00:09:39 Benefits of slow motion photography
  • 00:13:30 Tufted Titmouse
  • 00:19:19 Sandhill Crane family
  • 00:29:13 Why Birds?
  • 00:36:48 Joining local bird groups
  • 00:40:12 Photography Tips
  • 00:45:05 Keep in Touch


Jocelyn Anderson Photography

Jocelyn's Twitter account

Jocelyn's Instagram account

Jocelyn's posts about the Sandhill Crane Family and the Gosling

Audubon's Guide to Ethical Bird Photography

Audubon article about the Sandhill Cranes


The Casual Birder Podcast


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