Bird Species Spotlight: The Bald Eagle
by Jake Jacoby | December 1, 2016

Copyright Jake JacobyThe bald eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since June 20, 1782 when the Continental Congress adopted the design for the Great Seal of the United States depicting a bald eagle grasping 13 arrows and an olive branch with its talons. The bald eagle has been a spiritual symbol...

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Bird Species Spotlight: Atlantic Puffin
by Jake Jacoby | October 26, 2016

Copyright Jake JacobyThere are four species of puffins in the world: Atlantic; horned; tufted; and the rhinoceros auklet. Only the Atlantic puffin is found in the North Atlantic Ocean and is the smallest of the species; the other three puffins are found in the Pacific Ocean. All puffins have a lifespan of 20 years o...

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Bird Species Spotlight: Acorn Woodpecker
by Jake Jacoby | October 11, 2016

Copyright Jake JacobyLooking like wide-eyed clowns, acorn woodpeckers live in large groups in oak woodlands. I saw my first one during a recent trip to Costa Rica in February this year. Their social lives are endlessly fascinating as they store literally thousands of acorns each year by jamming them into specially m...

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A South American Wildlife Gem: The Pantanal
by Kathy Parker | September 20, 2016

Copyright Kathy ParkerWe had been on the river all morning but were hurrying back to our lodge, hungry and disappointed that jaguars had eluded us. We had left before dawn, bundled up in blankets to stay warm as our boat sliced through chilly early morning fog. Wildlife sightings were numerous, but several promising...

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2015 New Mexico Trip Report
by Nikhil Bahl | May 26, 2016

Copyright Martha MyersEvery workshop leader has their favorite locations. Like so many locations I visit repeatedly, New Mexico has offered something different every time. Whether it is Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge or White Sands National Monument, a new surprise always awaits. One of the main reasons t...

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Capturing Motion in Birds
by Nikhil Bahl | January 22, 2016

Copyright Nikhil BahlUsing a longer exposure to capture motion is very common when photographing waterfalls, although, this technique is not used as often when photographing birds. After repeatedly photographing a species, using this technique allows me to create different images from the ones I have already capture...

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Nikon AF-S 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens Review
by Nikhil Bahl | September 1, 2015

Copyright Nikhil BahlIn 2011 Canon released the lighter versions of their 500mm and 600mm lenses. At that time, I owned Nikon’s very first AF-S 600mm f/4 version which weighed in at 14.5 lbs, on my scale. Safe to say, I didn’t do much hiking with it and was very envious of Canon’s new offerings. About 4 years...

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The 4 Angles of Success
by Steven Blandin | June 22, 2015

When teaching photography workshops, I often get asked to discuss the most impactful techniques needed to create excellent wildlife photography. I often tell them about the four angles of success: a triangulation of the sun angle, height angle, head angle and background angle.

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Photographing the Peregrine Falcon
by Ofer Levy | January 12, 2015

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) is for me, one of the most fascinating and exciting subjects in the world of bird photography.

The sheer speed of this bird, coupled with its immense power, sublime elegance and astonishing beauty make the peregrine the king of birds.

I have been fortuna...

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Getting Out of Your Bird Photography Rut
by Greg Basco | August 1, 2014

All of us go through a period of low productivity in our photography; we get stuck in a rut. Maybe we’re doing the same thing we’ve always done or perhaps we can’t envision how to do something different than what every other photographer is doing. Even though I initially developed a reputa...

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