By Hal and Kirsten Snyder
August 28, 2021
Editor’s Note: I love to receive photos from the Snyders because I learn something new about the birds they capture. Since Painted Buntings usually appear in mid-April, some people call them “tax birds. Buntings are found in the brush of backyards and often times at Fort Clinch. According to Kirsten, “Both the colorful males and plain, greenish females are rather secretive, but the males can sit out singing around nesting time and he has a wonderful, sweet song,” Thank you Snyders for your contribution to the Fernandina Observer.The Snyder husband and wife team have always loved photography, birds, and being outdoors. When asked who took each photo, Kirsten said they swap their camera so often they don’t always know. Kirsten and Hal started their website www.moonbeampublishing.org in 2008, focused on bird photography and other interests, to share the amazing sights they witnessed in nature.
The Snyders now call Amelia Island home having retired here in 2014. They donate images and book proceeds to non-profit environmental groups and are published in books, magazines, and calendars around the world. While it is certain that they will continue to miss more wonderful shots than they capture, the thrill of watching the beauty of flight will always remain.
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