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Featured Photographer

Melissa Groo

  • Caspian Terns
  • Long-billed Curlews
  • Wood Stork
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Reddish Egret
  • White form Reddish Egret
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Brown Pelican
  • American Oystercatcher
  • Reddish Egret
  • Reddish Egret
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Anhinga
  • Roseate Spoonbill
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About the Photographer

These photographs, taken in early 2011 in Florida, mark the beginning of my serious immersion in bird photography. Florida is a bird photographer’s paradise, and I savored every moment of my vacation there. It was a welcome break from the Ithaca, New York winter, which is long on cold temperatures and short on birds. One of Ithaca’s strong suits, though, is that it is home to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and I feel fortunate to have at hand expert birders and birding resources.

An avid observer of birds at my feeder year-round, I am struck by their individuality. This cardinal always first rests on that perch before snatching seed, that White-breasted Nuthatch always visits at dusk and flies back to the same tree, this chickadee is particularly feisty, even with bigger birds. Through my photographs, I hope to draw attention to the individuality of birds, and to capture an essential aspect of their character.

I am fascinated by how particular ecological niches attract particular species, and am always astounded at how a species, or even an individual, will return to the same exact spot in my backyard forest every year. Increasingly aware of the diminishing habitat for birds all around us, I am interested in learning how I can help further conservation of important bird habitat through my photography.

Finally, I’m grateful for how my focus on birds and their habitats has made me more finely attuned to nature and the changing of the seasons—from the quality of light and the length of the day, to the blossoming and fruition of plants, to the direction of the wind during migration time, and, ultimately, to the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

My web site is in development; please friend me on Facebook to view some of my recent work.

—Melissa Groo