I started taking pictures of birds some 20 years ago, but after years of filling up my trash can with bad slides, I lost interest. My old photo equipment was collecting dust until digital photography came along. In November 2002, I traded in all of my old equipment and purchased a Nikon D100 digital camera along with a Nikkor 80-400mm VR zoom lens. I was back in business and bad images were ending up in my PC’s Recycling Bin instead of the the trash can. 

I needed a goal other than taking better pictures because I knew that if I kept at it, better pictures would eventually come along. So I came up with a goal that will keep me busy for a while; to take pictures of at least 1,000 different bird species. Since there are less than 400 birds that I can get to around my house, this would also give me a reason to travel to birding hot spots around the world.

I like to share with you some of my adventures along the way. I welcome and look forward to your input on how to make my images better, and more importantly, on how to increase my species count.

Equipment Used

    11/13 – ??/?? : Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, Canon 18-135 f3.5-5.6
    02/10 – 10/13 : Nikon D300s, Nikon 200-400mm f/4G ED AF-S VR, Nikon TC-17E II, BH-55 Ballhead, Gitzo G1325 Carbon Fiber Tripod
    11/06 – 02/10 : Nikon D200, Nikon 200-400mm f/4G ED AF-S VR, Nikon TC-17E II, BH-55 Ballhead, Gitzo G1325 Carbon Fiber Tripod
    10/02 – 10/06 : Nikon D100, Nikon AF 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6D ED VR1, Nikon TC-201, Bogen 3001 Tripod


My photos have been published in a number of books, magazines and other publications. Here is a sample list:


    Audubon North American Birdfeeder Guide. DK Publishing. Authors: Robert Burton and Stephen W. Kress. Publication Date: March 2005. ISBN: 0-7566-0850-3
    Robins and Chats. Helm Identification Guides. Author: Peter Clement, Illustrator: Chris Rose. Publication Date: 2015. ISBN: 978-0-7136-3963-6
    Cuckoos of the World. Helm Identification Guides. Authors: Erritzoe, Mann, Brammer & Fuller. Publication Date: 2012. ISBN: 978-0-7136-6034-0
    National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America (National Wildlife Federation Field Guide). Publisher: Sterling. Author: Edward S. Brinkley. Date published: 2007. ISBN-13: 978-1-4027-3874-6
    The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America (Stokes Field Guides). Publisher: Little Brown. Author: Donald and Lillian Stokes. Date published: Oct. 2010.
    Photo Guide to Birds of Costa Rica. Zona Tropical Publications. Author: Richard Garrigues. Date published: November 10, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-5017-0025-5
    The Pocket Book of Birds of Turkiye. Author: Dr. Ilhami Kiziroglu. Date published: 2015. ISBN: 975-7460-01-X
    Wetland Birds of South Tamil Nadu. ATREE Publishing. Authors: T. Ganesh, A Jesudasan, M. Mathivanan. Publication Date: 2014. ISBN: 978-81-902338-8-0
    The Songs of Wild Birds by Lang Elliott. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers. Pub. Date: October 2006. ISBN-13: 9780618663989
    Parks and protected areas in Canada : planning and management / edited by Philip Dearden and Rick Rollins. — 3rd ed. — Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-19-542734-9
    Biological Globalisation. Bio-invasions and their Impacts on Nature, the Economy, and Public Health. KNNV Publishing, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 2007.Authors: W. van der Weijden, R. Leewis, P. Bol. ISBN 978-90-5011-243-7


    Birds & Bloom – July 2010 – Journey to 1,000 birds
    National Geographic Traveler – May 2010 – The Western Balkans – Big, Rare Birds in Quiet Places
    Nature Conservancy – Summer 2007 – Plover Patrol. Army Corps Restores Endangered Bird Habitat
    Florida Monthly – November 2006 – Species Spotlight: Smooth-billed Ani
    Cottage Life – May 2007 – Welcome to Hooterville. Make room for owls at your cottage – all it takes is one board, a few tools, and some imagination
    Casino Conection – May 2007 – Back to Nature. Exploring South Jersey’s Wildlife
    Wildlife Activist – Winter 2009, Spring 2006, Spring 2005 – Front Cover Image ISSN 0894-660


    Park Rapids Enterprise – 2/17/07 – Outdoors
    Carlton News – October 2006 – Wildlife Notes

Other Publications

    Edwin B. Forsythe – Refuge Brochure
    Edwin B. Forsythe – Junior Refuge Manager Activity Guide
    Ecojustice Canada – 2007 Holiday Card

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