Please join us in congratulating Silvia Faustino Linhares of São Paulo, Brazil, winner of the August 2018 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Silvia’s name was drawn randomly from 1,477 eBirders who submitted at least 50 photos or sounds on eligible eBird checklists in August. Silvia will receive a new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binocular for her eBirding efforts. Here’s Silvia’s birding story:
I was born in inland Brazil where I’ve learned, from an early age, to love and respect nature. The interest in photography has always been part of my life, but “being a photographer” came later, very recently. First was motorsports, I engaged in the activity through my husband’s work and naturally the love for cars and races followed. But even in the heat of the race tracks in Brazil, I was always thrilled to spot a bird around. And so, I stepped into a birdwatchers club—the CEO. And like magic, here we are: the cars (along with the husband ) are gone, my work is gone, and now finally retired, I’m a full-time bird photographer. I know that my role as a photographer is to contribute to conservation and raise people’s awareness of the beauty and value of nature.
I love eBird, this amazing app can be considered my best friend while I am birding. I use it to record all the species and keep track of my activities and lists. One of the best features is that it allows me to notice any mistake and fix it right on time. As a bird photographer, I need to keep track of all recorded species, as on a single day usually I take a couple of hundred or maybe even a thousand photographs. eBird also helps me get organized while editing and processing the photos. While sharing the photos, displaying all the beauty of the birds over social media such as facebook and wikiaves, as well as my own blog and website, I strongly believe I am helping in making people more aware of conservation of both the environment and the species.
Almost all my eBird lists are illustrated lists, with the corresponding pictures, and I also share them on my birding blog.