Bird photography is a passion for Adam Brandemihl, who started coming to the parks five years ago to exercise and get a bit of fresh air. On his visits, Adam got caught up with watching wildlife—especially birds. After bringing his camera on one of his hikes, Adam realized he’d found a new passion. Every trip to a Metro Park was like a treasure hunt with the images being his trophies. He enjoys the challenge of bird photography, capturing the tiny, fast-moving warblers the most.
Adam is a psychiatrist and mental health is important to him, especially his own. “I am introverted by nature so even though I love my job it can be a bit draining at times,” said Adam. “Birding in Metro Parks allows me to practice mindfulness and recharge my batteries.” The parks and birding have also given him the opportunity to meet other birders, foster new friendships and develop a sense of community.
Adam told us his top Metro Parks areas for photography and the birds he is most looking forward to photographing this spring.
Top five Metro Parks areas for bird photography
- Battelle Darby Creek wetlands, Teal Trail for rails and bitterns
- Glacier Ridge, Marsh Hawk Trail for meadowlarks and bobolinks
- Highbanks, both Coyote Run and Dripping Rock trails for all warblers
- Clear Creek, Creekside Meadows Trail for cerulean and Kentucky warblers
Top five birds I’m looking forward to photographing
- Bobolinks at Glacier Ridge
- Meadowlarks at Glacier Ridge
- Virginia rails at Battelle Darby Creek wetlands
- All the warblers at Highbanks, especially the northern parulas and yellow-throated
- The one bird I haven’t yet seen that I would love to capture is the Kirtland’s warbler.