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“Being a photographer, I just started taking pictures of them and got some really decent images right in my front yard,” he says. “But then I started counting birds a couple years ago. Birding has different divisions; there are bird watchers and birders.” Bird watchers, he explains, identify a lot of birds and are really interested in them. The mindset of avid birders requires they count every bird they see and know all the species. The devotion of birders was apparent when Krueger first attended a warbler festival in Ohio, the Biggest Week in American Birding, which takes place each spring on Lake Erie. “There are more people that show up at this park than you would ever imagine,” Krueger says. “All kinds of different levels of birders, all kinds of photographers, the biggest lenses you will ever see. My jaw just dropped the first time. I thought I was semi-serious about this thing and then you see that.” Canada warbler, Magee Marsh, Lake Erie, Ohio. American redstart, Magee Marsh, Lake Erie, Ohio. Great blue heron, Greenfield Lake, Wilmington, North Carolina. Brown pelicans, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, North Carolina. 22 WBM february 2015


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