Do you have a bird friendly business in Toronto? Here's a big chance to really prove it. Host the Toronto Bird Photo Booth and showcase your avian neighbours.
If you have a good location in the GTA, and you have rare and colourful birds hanging around a feeder, or near your commercial address, then you can perhaps host the booth and immortalize yourself and your birds. The best bird photos win prizes and everyone gets more attention as the booth plays its part in history. The booth also captures human attention. See below how the booth is set up.
Am experienced birder with a big backyard and lots of birds could turn this whole thing around frankly...
So far in this competition, all contenders have been amateur birders who are satisfied with just getting the equipment working, and getting some pictures on disc and into their galleries. They would shoot and submit any species that showed up at their feeder. Paul Peic in the Bluffer's Park who runs Toronto SUP from his floatie got great shots of a Common Grackle, and a Red Wing Blackbird. Vigorate Digital loyalty programs interns however got almost nothing - they uploaded one lonely little sparrow and considered themselves lucky to get that. Their booth was on borrowed land, and near a construction site in Yorkville. But a profession or more passionate birder would have done it better in every respect. The true professional or even a passionate enthusiast birder could come along now, and really show everyone how its done - use the Wingscapes BirdPro trailcam to get woodpeckers in trees maybe? for example. Or they could position the bird photo booth flat on a grassy lawn the get Brown Thrashers? or something more exciting than the pigeons and sparrows and starlings we've seen so far.
This bird is a fully developed adult male Common Grackle in the prime of his life. He has a very healthy coat, a long, dark bill, pale yellowish eyes and a long tail. His feathers appear black with purple, green or blue iridescence on the head, and primarily bronze sheen in the body plumage. The adult female, beyond being smaller, is usually less iridescent; her tail in particular is shorter, and unlike the males, does not keel (display a longitudinal ridge) in flight and is brown with no purple or blue gloss
Patrons enrolled in this program get to play with cool motion control macro photography equipment; this high technology camera booth lets birds take selfies! Both actual cameras have motion detectors and are specially fitted with lenses and optical adjustments to take close-ups and hopefully capture emotion filled 'head shots' of all birds perched on the bowl.
Toronto Bird Photo Booth goes around town and asks the CEO and marketing executives to come out from behind their desks and put down their office phones, like John Conn at Standard telecom to take turns positioning a specially modified Bird Photo Booth on or near their business address. Then they're encouraged to submit the shots they collect into an exclusive photo contest, promoted in part by a new Birdwatching weekly column in Toronto is Awesome magazine, and covered in other nature blogs and birding journals - US Green Technology article about Toronto Bird Photo Booth project. Below David Shephard who runs a busy Ad Agency in the city by day, takes time out of building a Tiny House in Toronto to aim the cameras.
The birdwatchers, and readers and the birds themselves that are the big winners. Here's Dr. Archer Toronto dentist on Zoomers anticipating her upcoming week . This work is a positive application of technology that will help Toronto's residents as Canadians evolve to become a more 'ornithologically aware' .
With the help of the Toronto Bird Photo Booth the population of our biggest cities will celebrate birdwatching and everyone will become more aware of the many different species besides seagulls, sparrows and starlings alone and hungry on our city streets.