An ever growing flock

Well, here we are, another introduction and another member joining this ever-growing flock that is Bird Canada. I feel that the best way to start writing on a blog is an introduction, so here it is!

Adult Common Loon

Adult Common Loon, Kikomun Creek P.P., British Columbia

My name is Matthew Sim and I am a 15 year old avid birder, naturalist and nature photographer. I’m originally from Texas, which is where I live currently, attending high school down here, however I grew up and have spent most of my life in Calgary, Alberta and feel as much a Canadian as an American. I’ve always been interested in nature although serious birding only came about 4 years ago. Once I became more centered around birds, I decided to get a digital camera to photograph the birds I was seeing. When that happened, as Dan Arndt put it so well in his introductory post, everything went downhill from there and turning back was not an option!

Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper, Houston, Texas

I soon joined Calgary’s local birding group, just in time to join the 2010 birding competition held in the city. Gradually I learned more and more on the local flora and fauna and am still learning. That summer, I spent my days biking and taking public transit around the city to see more birds.

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow, Fish Creek P.P., Calgary, Alberta

Then, back in the summer of 2011, I moved back down to Texas to attend high school and was amazed at a whole new world of birds. I blog on Birds Calgary  as well as a nature photography blog of my own and am looking forward to blogging here at Bird Canada as well. I enjoy all aspects of nature (though birds are by far my favorite) and am always eager to learn more; glad to be on board!

Vermilion Flycatcher, BIg Bend NP, Texas

Vermilion Flycatcher, Big Bend NP, Texas

Killdeer, Calgary, Alberta

Killdeer, Calgary, Alberta

About Matthew Sim

A 15 year-old birder and nature photographer, Matthew got caught up in birding in 2009 at the age of 11, buying a digital camera and zoom lens soon after with everything just spiraling downhill from there. He soon got involved with the birding community at home in Calgary, Alberta and expanded his knowledge from there. In the fall of 2011, he moved back to his native Texas for high school and was in due course amazed at the different levels of bird diversity between there and Alberta. Matthew is interested in all aspects of the natural world and is always eager to learn more.
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2 Responses to An ever growing flock

  1. Really great photos, Matthew! I’m looking forward to your next post.

  2. Outstanding bird photography! Canada and Texas are both lucky to have you.