Good News & Happy Bird-Day 2015 « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Good News & Happy Bird-Day 2015


Enjoy the holiday and try not to eat too, too much.

Happy Bird-Day 2015

All here at BAA would like to wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. My older daughter Jennifer is on Long Island with her whole family visiting her sister–my younger daughter Alissa and her family–along with my Mom and my younger sister Arna. My right hand man Jim Litzenberg and his wife will be busy serving dinner to the less fortunate over on the east coast of Florida as they have done for the past 5 years.

With everyone away for the holiday BIRDS AS ART will be closed until Monday, November 30. We look forward to meeting your IPT and mail order needs when things get back to normal.

What’s Up?

I went to the refuge on Wednesday morning where I enjoyed yet another breathtaking but pretty much bird-less sunrise…. I felt a lot better than I had on Tuesday with the murderous coughing spells greatly reduced. I went to the ER in Socorro for a lung x-ray. Everyone there was very nice. I was in the examining room in minutes and checked in soon thereafter. After my history was taken I saw the doctor. She said that my lungs sounded clear and ordered the desired chest x-rays. They were done quickly but it took about two hours until the x-rays were read. But the news was great: my lungs were clear with no sign of pneumonia.

In he afternoon I noticed some pain in my right mid-back. It always takes me a few minutes to recognize the source. I am passing a small kidney stone. The way Dr. Oliver has taught me to read and understand my body I realized that there was very likely some connection between the cough/cold and the kidney stone. I gave him a buzz and asked him if I was right. “Absolutely–the Thera-Flu that you took has antihistamines in it. They dry you out internally. Bingo.

After my first very painful kidney stone episode at Point Pelee more than a few years ago, I almost always have some D-Mannose on hand. It is a sugar that coats the ureter making it easier to pass small stones. The funny thing is that I looked at the jar of D-Mannose on the counter and thought about bringing it to New Mexico. But did not. When it rains, it pours. And please do not try to get D-Mannose in Socorro, NM….

I will likely head down to the refuge for an hour or two on Thanksgiving morning and then rest up with a day of NFL games on the tube.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog or via a BAA Online Bulletin is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charges a minimum of 20% plus assorted fees! Yikes. The minimum item price here is $500. If you are interested please e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly–I offer free pricing advise, usually sells in no time flat.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body

Friend and multiple IPT veteran Larry Master is offering a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body in excellent condition for $1399. The sale includes the original box, the camera manual, the front cap, all cables and CDs, and insured shipping by UPS Ground to US addresses only. Personal checks only; your camera will be shipped only after your check clears.

Interested folks may contact Larry on his cell phone at 518-645-1545 or via e-mail.

Two rugged 1D Mark IVs served as my workhorse professional bodies for several years. artie


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16 comments to Good News & Happy Bird-Day 2015

  • avatar Frank Sheets

    Happy Thanksgiving as well. Laurie and I also went down to the refuge Wednesday morning and took advantage of the spectacular sunrise, sans birds, south of the flight deck off the road. Tripod mounted 6D will hopefully result in something to hang on the wall to remind us of Bosque. From there over the best crane pond (as you taught us) to get lift offs in the great light, only to turn around, still see the spectacular sunrise cloud colors, and get some sharp lines of geese coming in. Really cool.

    Laurie and I would like to thank you and Denise again for the wonderful time at Bosque. Although the conditions may not have been the greatest during the class, being there on Wednesday with the winds out of the south and the bright overcast created some great opportunities for cranes and geese landing in the corn field. My set up there allowed–from my perspective–for some of the best landing shots of the trip. All that I learned from you and Denise really paid off.

    Glad to hear the results of the x-ray did not show signs of pneumonia. We were worried. Hopefully you will feel a lot better for your next segment of the Bosque IPT. Also, please pass our out thanks again to Denise.

    PS: You may have created a monster! Laurie is expressing a serous interest in bird photography. She was out there with some of my gear taking pictures all day long.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks a stack Frank for your most-kind note. It was truly wonderful meeting you guys; Laurie is a loverly lady. I am thrilled that you were listening and were able to put what you learned on the IPT to good use after the fact; we strive to teach folks to learn to think on their own. As for Laurie and photography, you go girl!

      later and love, a

  • avatar Sarah Mayhew

    Happy Thanksgiving and hope you feel better very soon!!

  • avatar Joe Randle


    Thanks for the wonderful days we had this year in Bosque… Great memories were made… Knowledge was received with lots of fun times…

    Thanks Artie… Enjoy Your Day…

  • avatar David Policansky

    Happy thanksgiving to you, too, Artie, and to all at BAA and all your readers.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thank you kind sir. I had a great morning and was headed back to the hotel to get some rest by 7am 🙂


  • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    Thanks a stack Mike and Jack and ditto. a

  • avatar Patrick Sparkman

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! So sorry to hear you had a kidney stone. I hope that it passes/past without much fanfare. I know what those are like!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks. I drank six gallons of warm tea with lemon last nigght for hydration and all is well. Love to you both. See you in Stanley! a

  • avatar Mike Cristina


    Mike and Bev

  • Have a great Turkey day Artie.

  • avatar Henry

    Happy Thanksgiving Artie!

  • Happy Thanksgiving Artie to you and your family and Jim and his family 🙂