How Many Herons? FAQ

iTunes How Many Herons screenshotPart “Where’s Waldo” and part nature book, “How Many Herons?” is a counting book meant to introduce students to numbers and number words (one through nineteen) through photographs of a great blue heron rookery in British Columbia, Canada. An iPad/Mac friendly interactive version is available for free via iTunes. A version is also available for your Kindle.


What type of herons are these?

The birds in the photos are great blue herons (Ardea herodias).

How did you find so many?!

Great blue herons nest together in rookeries and I was fortunate to come across this rookery during breeding season. (It was largely a lucky accident that happened while delivering my daughter to the ferry going to Victoria, BC.) Reportedly it is the largest great blue heron rookery in the Canada; right here in the suburbs of Vancouver!

Where is the rookery?

Photo Fumbling #2 – Selecting a Camera for Antarctica

Penguin photo courtesy Lisa Mclean

Penguin photo courtesy Lisa Mclean

“Take lots of film SD cards.”

When I talk to people who have been to Antarctica, photography is always emphasized.

After all, if you are going to spend your children’s inheritance a lot of money on traveling to a remote location, it is probably a good idea to be able to bring something back that you can share with others; some proof that you were actually there. “Bring me back a penguin,” is the most common request I hear. I intend to do just that if someone can reassure me it won’t poop in my luggage – in picture form.

I began looking into cameras around Christmas. The Boxing Day flyers offered many tempting solutions. There was no shortage of information on the web and elsewhere. Unfortunately, I soon discovered that cameras are a lot like computers – there are very loyal camps behind each of the different major brands and none of them have nice things to say about the other. For someone who thinks his iPhone and Instagram are just fine for photography, the prospect of making an informed decision was a tad daunting.