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What kind of camera do you use?

I currently use a Nikon D300s and I used to use a Nikon D40 with different types of lenses.  In May of 2012 I upgraded to a Nikon 500mm lens and before that I used a Sigma 150-500mm lens, but I also have a Nikon 15-55mm lens and a Nikon 55-70mm lens.


What’s with the header on your homepage?

The header is a slideshow that contains selected pictures from my posts.  If you click on the picture, it will take you directly to the post that discusses the featured bird.


Who designed your website?

Relevant Arts, which is my mother and step-father’s company.  My mother designed the cockatiel logo and they both designed the slideshows, layout, etc.  They do fantastic work, so you should check out their portfolio.


Can you help me identify a bird?

Sure!  Send your picture to elizabeth at avianexplorer dot com.


Should I get a bird?

Birds make great pets if you treat them properly.  The minimum requirements for owning a bird should be providing ample attention, a healthy diet, a large cage with plenty of toys, and enough money to pay for expensive vet visits in case of illness.

If you want to learn about what happens when you don’t give a bird enough attention, MyToos has many horror stories.  Mary of Parrot Musings writes about living with her hormonal macaw, Rocky, and fun stories about the whole flock.  If you want to learn about the expenses associated with treating a bird, or any pet, The Homeless Parrot is an excellent resource.


Who’s your favorite philosopher?

Kant is my favorite when it comes to the study of knowledge, especially with regard to causality.  There is also a special place in my heart for Nietzsche (or as they say on the Sopranos, “Nit”) because he’s unintentionally funny.  He was such a bitter, angry man.


Who’s your favorite band?

I love the Beatles.  They are one of the most consistently good bands to have ever made music.  I also love Alice in Chains, Elliott Smith, Regina Spektor, Velvet Underground, Portishead, and Fiona Apple.  Can you tell that I was a teenager in the ’90s?


What do you do for work?

I’m a patent attorney.  That’s right – I get paid to study and write about technology.  It’s the best job in the world.  I do not give legal advice, nor can anything on my website be construed as legal advice.



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