Feather Collecting and Nature Photography
Possessing Feathers Is Against the Law, So Here's a Different Way to Collect Feathers
Children are naturally curious and pick up interesting things they see. Perhaps collecting is a fairly basic human instinct. In my family everyone collects one or two things, so as a child my collecting behavior was channeled into feather collecting. Perhaps it was a way for my mother to steer me towards an interest in nature or maybe she was just glad I chose something that was free.
Every time I took a walk, I scanned the ground for new feathers. We lived in the country, so it wasn't long before I found a number of feathers from blue jays, cardinals, and even our flock of chickens. I carefully taped these into a notebook. Somewhere during one of the family moves, the notebook was lost.
(white feather picture by Virginia Allain)
I'm still fascinated by birds and their plumage, but now I collect feathers in a different way by capturing them with my camera. Here's my collection of feather photos and some background information about feather collecting.
I Love This Feather Photo That I Took in New Hampshire
What Bird Did This Feather Come From? - Check the Bird Feathers book
When you find a feather and photograph it, you wonder what bird it came from. This guide is an enormous help with that.
First it helps you categorize it by type of feather (5 kinds of wing feathers and two kinds of tail feathers). Then it helps with color photos to find the kind of bird that the feather came from.
In the Past, Bird Populations Were Decimated to Collect Feathers for Hats
Possessing Feathers Is Now Regulated
Before 1900, many wild bird populations were severely reduced due to the demand for plumes for ladies hats. The styles of the late 1800s called for elaborate arrangements of feathers and ribbons on bonnets. The popularity of these resulted in the death of many beautiful birds.
Now the feathers you see on hats are from domestic birds and not from protected wild birds.
Take a Look at the Feathers on This Vintage Hat
Learn More about Limitations on Feather Collecting
- Adirondack Almanack: Ellen Rathbone: On Collecting Bird Feathers
An essay about the reasons that you cannot possess songbird, birds of prey and non-gamebird feathers in the U.S.. She cites the Lacey Act of 1900 and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 made to keep the birds from being decimated to decorate ladies
- Laws and Treaties Protecting Migratory Birds
This document provides an overview of the role and responsibilities of the Division of Migratory Bird Management within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Migratory Birds Program: Providing Global Leadership in the Conservation and Management of
Photos of Feathers - Blue Jays - Taken by Virginia Allain
Another Feather Photo Taken by Virginia Allain
Bird Egg Feather Nest - A fascinating book - available from Amazon
A Sampling of Feather Photos by Virginia Allain
Feather Photos by Others
Photographs of Feathers - Available on Zazzle Products - Photos by Various Photographers
Photo from Zazzle: A Single Droplet by laureenr