Top 14 Bird Photographers in the World, their Achievements, and their Goals!

Wish you a Great New Year 2016!

I had several ideas for some exceptional article about bird photography as a New Year gift to you. One of them was, of course, to write about my achievements in the year 2015 and my goals for 2016.

But then…I thought it’s like bragging about myself. Which is probably not a bad idea 🙂 However, I don’t think that can be called as a gift. Isn’t it?

The true gift to any bird photographer (including me) is to get to know about the achievements and goals of some of the gifted photographers in the world. This is my New Year gift to all the bird photographers, enthusiasts, and nature lovers around the world.

I present to you top 14 bird photographers in the world, their achievements in the year 2015, and their goals for 2016.

I want to thank all the photographers listed here for taking time of their busiest schedule to answer the following 3 questions.

  1. What are your 2 biggest achievements in the year 2015?
  2. What are your goals for the year 2016 (w.r.t bird photography)?
  3. What is your best advice for the bird photographers?

Every answer is an eye-opener for sure. Thank you all and we love you all!

Read my most popular article about “Top 12 Bird Photographers in the World” for more inspiration.

Note that these top bird photographers name is listed in the alphabetical order.

Unfortunately, I was unable to reach 6 other top bird photographers whom I wanted to include in this list. They are Tim Laman, Bence Mate, Miguel Lasa, Danny Green, Michael Milicia, & Frans Lanting. Maybe next time!

So…here is what we have all been waiting to know about the 14 top bird photographers in the world.

Spoiler alert: This article is just above 4,000 words! You better bookmark it for later read as well. You wouldn’t get this insider knowledge from the top bird photographers always.

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Alan Murphy

1. What are your 2 biggest achievements in the year 2015?

One of the biggest achievements for 2015 was getting my latest video “Birds Through the Lens” VOLUME 3 released. This video was 6 month of filming and I cover many topics within birds in flight, including Hummingbird Photography, Songbirds in flight, Raptors in flight, flight photography techniques and how to use a PhotoTrap trigger system.

http://www.alanmurphyphotography.com/videos.html

The other achievement was going pass 560 North American species photographed. To try and photograph as many N. American breeding species as I can is a personal goal of mine.

http://alanmurphyphotography.com/taxonomical.htm

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Image Copyright (c) Alan Murphy

2. What are your goals for the year 2016 (w.r.t bird photography)?

I have plans in 2016 to get as close to 600 species as I can. With my busy workshop schedule, it’s getting harder to find extra time to work on my own goals. Also for 2016, I am working and perfecting on some gadgets that will help in my workshops. I have a remote bathing decoy bird that I use during my songbird workshops to lure birds down to bathe. I have just finished a decoy Ruddy Duck that is on a remote boat and I can control. Inside the duck is a blue-tooth speaker to play the Ruddy call. This will help bird the Ruddys in closer for out Kamloops workshops. I’ve also perfected my decoy Great-horned Owls that I use to bring in raptors. I’m looking forward to a great 2016.

3. What is your best advice for the bird photographers?

The best advise I have for new bird photographers is 3 things.

First: Be a better birder. Learn birds, their calls and their habitat. It will help you in many ways to get better bird photographs. Do a Christmas bird count in your county to learn new areas that have birds in them.

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Image Copyright (c) Alan Murphy

Second: Take a workshop. Take a small group workshop where you will get all your needs met. Learning from the pro’s is the quickest way to grow. Many pros have eBooks and videos to learn from as well.

Third: network. There are a multitude of online sources for bird photographers. Sites like Naturescapes.net, Birdphotographers.net and Facebook have wonderful forums for sharing images and getting feedback. It’s a great way to meet other like-minded bird photographers around the country and world that share locations and info.

Alan Murphy’s best work: http://alanmurphyphotography.com/favorites.htm

Alan Murphy portfolio: http://alanmurphyphotography.com/


Andy Rouse

1. What are your 2 biggest achievements in the year 2015?

Photographing, filming and presenting a film on urban Great Crested Grebes for BBC TV’s Springwatch program.

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Image Copyright (c) Andy Rouse

Becoming a father for the first time at the age of 50!

2. What are your goals for the year 2016 (w.r.t bird photography)?

I am gonna complete major projects on Kingfishers and Barn Owls plus I would like to photograph Black Throated Divers as I have unfinished business with them.

3. What is your best advice for the bird photographers?

Be patient, concentrate on only one species in depth and really get to know it, look for images that are different and not the same as everyone else.

Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus) flying in at sunset Slimbridge WWT, UK Image Copyright (c) Andy Rouse

Bewick’s Swan (Cygnus columbianus) flying in at sunset Slimbridge WWT, UK
Image Copyright (c) Andy Rouse

Andy Rouse portfolio: www.andyrouse.co.uk


Arthur Morris

  1. What are your 2 biggest achievements in the year 2015?

Taking care of my  health and preparing for the solo exhibit of my work at TheNAT in San Diego, January 16 through April 25, 2016.

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Image Copyright (c) Arthur Morris

  1. What are your goals for the year 2016 (w.r.t bird photography)?

Get back safely from both Namibia and the Southern Ocean with lots of wonderful new images.

  1. What is your best advice for the bird photographers?

Get low and move slowly.

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Image Copyright (c) Arthur Morris

Arthur Morris portfolio/blog: www.BIRDSASART-Blog.com


Austin Thomas

1. What are your 2 biggest achievements in the year 2015?

i) On a personal level, I was announced as the Winner of the BIRDGUIDES Photo of the year in February 2015. One of my Kestrel images won the award. It was selected from a pool of over 325000 images, all showing Birds.

ii) Photographically, I made some good progress on a project photographing wild birds using a wide angle lens in 2015. Normally I use a 800mm lens for my bird photographs, which requires my subject to be 6 meters away from the camera. Switching to a wide angle lens was a real challenge as the images with the most impact required the wild birds to be just a few centimeters away from the camera.

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Image Copyright (c) Austin Thomas

2. What are your goals for the year 2016 (w.r.t bird photography)?

I have many goals in photography but as most Bird Photographers will tell you, you need a lot of help from the weather ( as well as the bird ) to achieve these goals. Unfortunately, I live in an area of the world where we get very little or no snow. So one of my goals ( every winter the same goal ), is to photograph the wild Owls and Kestrels that live close to my home , in the snow. I have many images of these birds in sunlight and rain, but never snow. I have been waiting for a few years now for a decent fall of snow, but so far my “Wild Birds in the Snow” project has not really started.  Other goals would be to develop the “Wild angle Wildlife” images some more and also to revisit a family of Great-crested Grebes during their breeding season. Photographically speaking, 2015 was a frustrating year for me at the Great-crested Grebes, so I hope to be more successful in 2016.

3. What is your best advice for the bird photographers?

My advise to Bird Photographers would be to concentrate on species close to your home. My best images of birds have all been taken within my local area. I spend a lot of time (often without my camera) researching my local patch to build up a picture of where to go, when the light and the weather offer the best photographic possibilities. My second piece of advise would have to be:- Be patient. It can take months and sometimes years, to get an image I have in my mind.

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Image Copyright (c) Austin Thomas

Austin Thomas portfolio: www.austin-thomas.co.uk 


David Tipling

1. What are your 2 biggest achievements in the year 2015?

My two biggest achievements in 2015 were first to finally spend an extended period with one of my favourite birds the Wandering Albatross.  I spent a month on South Georgia in January 2015 visiting 28 different colonies and so was able to cover major parts of their breeding cycle in depth.  The pictures will be published widely this year.  Second I finally after many years have set up a bird photography facility in woodland near my home which will allow photographers to visit and develop their skills.  Two hides will be operational from the summer including a low angle pool hide with one way glass.  It has taken a lot of work finding the right location and constructing the pool.  We now have to wait for the rain to stop here in the UK!

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Gannet Morus bassanus feeding on Mackerel off Noss Shetland
Image Copyright (c) David Tipling

2. What are your goals for the year 2016 (w.r.t bird photography)?

My goals for 2016 include  developing my skills using camera traps and simply getting out more locally to shoot pictures as I’ve been stuck behind my desk a lot recently finishing off my next book Seabirds of the World which is a celebration in pictures of seabirds and will be published in May.

3. What is your best advice for the bird photographers?

My best advice is to spend as much time in the field shooting as possible, the harder you try the luckier you will get and follow what I call the three P’s, patience, planning and perseverance will always be rewarded.

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Wandering Albatross Diomeda exulans displaying on Albatross Island in Bay of Isles South Georgia
Image Copyright (c) David Tapling

David Tipling portfolio: http://www.davidtipling.com/


Glenn Bartley

1. What are your 2 biggest achievements in the year 2015?

In 2015 my two biggest accomplishments were my photo trips to Nome, Alaska (June) and to the sub-Antarctic (November). Both trips were to extremely beautiful places and were very productive photographically!

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Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) returning to land through the waves in the Falkland Islands.
Image Copyright (c) Glenn Bartley

2. What are your goals for the year 2016 (w.r.t bird photography)?

My goals in 2016 with regards to bird photography are to get back to my comfort zone in the Neotropics and expand my portfolio there. I have some fun trips planned to Colombia, Brazil and Guyana. It should be a fantastic year!

3. What is your best advice for the bird photographers?

My advice to bird photographers is always to enjoy yourself and your passion for the natural world. If you do this good things are bound to happen!

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perched on a branch in Manu National Park, Peru.
Image Copyright (c) Glenn Bartley

Glenn Bartley portfolio:  http://www.glennbartley.com

Check out Glenn Bartley’s favourite images from 2015 here.

A video from the sub-Antarctic – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GiQVVhqmnY


Greg Basco

1. What are your 2 biggest achievements in the year 2015?

The first of my two biggest achievements in 2015 was the completion and publication of my coffee table book on Costa Rica’s natural wonders entitled National Parks of Costa Rica. This was a great project for me because it allowed me to pursue landscape, macro, and wildlife photography, which are all as interesting to me as bird photography. A few years ago, I identified landscape photography as the facet of nature photography that was my weakest area. I worked hard to improve my landscape skills, and I think my efforts paid off in many images in the new book. You can see more about the book here: http://www.amazon.com/National-Parks-Costa-Tropical-Publications/dp/0801454018.

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Image Copyright (c) Greg Basco

My second biggest achievement of 2015 in terms of nature photography was to begin laying the groundwork for a new non-profit organization dedicated to conservation photography via which high-quality nature photography serves to aid in conservation and sustainable development. In conjunction with my friend, fellow photographer, and co-founder Nick Hawkins we will focus our efforts initially in Costa Rica but plan to expand throughout Latin America in the coming years. We’re just in the very early stages but an organization of this type has long been a dream of mine as a way to give back to the forests that have helped to provide for me and my family over the past decade. Please see http://www.tropicalconservationphotography.org/ for more info.

2. What are your goals for the year 2016 (w.r.t bird photography)?

In regards to bird photography in 2016, I have two principal goals. The first is to achieve 3 truly memorable shots of tropical bird species. Though the species themselves are relatively unimportant in the sense that I’m not yearning after a picture of any particular species of bird, I do have some ideas, and those ideas will dictate my choice of birds. I have the three ideas already — one for the cloud forests of Costa Rica where I live, another in the lowland rainforests of Costa Rica, and the last in the Amazonian rainforest of Ecuador. In all of these shots I hope to combine a sense of movement and habitat. My second goal in regard to bird photography for next year is to concentrate on incorporating more behavior into my bird photographs. I will probably forego many clean portraits in favor of looking for photo opportunities that offer the chance of capturing behavior, even if the resulting photograph is a bit messier than what has become the conventional style of bird photography over the past few years.

3. What is your best advice for the bird photographers?

My best advice for bird photographers is to know one’s equipment and understand light before anything else. I don’t underestimate the importance of knowing one’s subject but to me understanding equipment and light/exposure are the cornerstones for the successful bird or nature photographer. By knowing one’s equipment, I refer to being able to operate one’s camera without looking up from the viewfinder. And in terms of light, understanding the relationships between dark and light tones in different kinds of light (cloudy/sunny) and recognizing dynamic range limits when working in a mix of shade and sunlight are key to knowing what kind of image is possible under given conditions. This includes considering flash. I read so often that photographers shy away from flash because they don’t like how it looks and/or because it is harmful to birds. On the contrary, used well and used responsibly, flash allows the bird photographer to produce natural-looking photos not possible with only natural light or to shoot in sub-optimal lighting conditions while at the same time looking out for the well-being of our avian subjects. Knowing our photo gear and understanding light/exposure is what allows us to concentrate on composition and behavior and our enjoyment of being out in nature. Love of art and love of nature are what drives any bird or nature photographer. Understanding camera equipment and exposure are simply the vehicles that allow us to focus on what we love!

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Image Copyright (c) Greg Basco

Greg Basco portfolio: http://www.deepgreenphotography.com


Jari Peltomaki

  1. What are your 2 biggest achievements in the year 2015?

I haven´t been so active on participating to the competitions, but got highly commended in Nordic Nature Photo contest this year with my Capercaillie image.

I started my 10th winter to feed Golden Eagles in Utajärvi, Finland. It is a big commitment since we are feeding the eagles from September until March – so 6 months a year.

Personally I am convinced that this will actually help eagles to survive over the harsh Finnish winters and adult birds will be in much better shape for the breeding season because of the easy food source over the winter.

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Image Copyright (c) Jari Peltomaki

2. What are your goals for the year 2016 (w.r.t bird photography)?

I am working on couple of new books about the birds – other one is with Birdphoto.fi team and it is based on images of the week in popular www.birdphoto.fi website.

Other book project is together with team from Oulu university and it shall be very interesting and well-illustrated book.

3. What is your best advice for the bird photographers?

Be patient and walk your own path. Don´t always go the same place to photograph where others go. Use different lenses and not always your longest lens.

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Metso 5034 (Tetrao urogallus) Capercaillie Oulu Finland February 2012
Image Copyright (c) Jari Peltomaki

Jari Peltomaki portfolio: www.jaripeltomaki.com 


Jess Findlay

1. What are your 2 biggest achievements in the year 2015?

My best achievements for this year were continuing to travel to South America, guiding photography workshops in Ecuador and Peru, also I began leading photo workshops in my home province of British Columbia, Canada. Speaking engagements at the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, California allowed me to share my images and stories with new people.

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Image Copyright (c) Jess Findlay

2. What are your goals for the year 2016 (w.r.t bird photography)?

My goals for 2016 are to further explore British Columbia, photographing birds and other wildlife in remote areas of the province. Two more trips to the Amazon Rainforest will hopefully allow me to add to my portfolio from this amazing place!

3. What is your best advice for the bird photographers?

The advice I would give to other bird photographers is, the more you know about your subjects, the better your images will be. By paying attention to a given species’ habitat requirements, migration patterns, habits and behaviours, not only will you become better at locating your subjects, you might just be able to predict when a great moment will happen!

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Image Copyright (c) Jess Findlay

Jess Findlay portfolio: www.jessfindlay.com


Markus Varesvuo

1. What are your 2 biggest achievements in the year 2015?

After five years of intense field work I completed my book about Nordic Gamebirds (Galliformes), which was published in October. 240 pages, 230 pictures, text by ornithologist/science writer Pertti Koskimies. For the time being available in Finnish language only.

Four awards in international photo contests.

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Caspercaillie female ready to mate (Tetrao tetrix) Vaala Finland May 2015
Image Copyright (c) Markus Varesvuo

2. What are your goals for the year 2016 (w.r.t bird photography)?

After the long and systematic work with my Gamebird book I want to enjoy photographing more freely in my favourite places (Finland and Norway). Winter, starting early January, I will be in North Finland chasing bird shots in snowy conditions.

Another project is to make a coffee table book in English utilising at least partly the new gamebird material I have been photographing during last years.

3. What is your best advice for the bird photographers?

Get to know as well as possible your target species and spend as much time with the species as possible. Make it a long term project and try to take new kind of pictures with fresh ideas. Realise that the project starts when you think “I’ve done it!” – that’s when you start moving forward from the material that’s already out there into something new.

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Image Copyright (c) Markus Varesvuo

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Melissa Groo

1. What are your 2 biggest achievements in the year 2015?

It’s been a remarkable year for me, with many publications, awards, and print sales, and a lot of travel to lead workshops and work on stories for magazines. I guess my most obvious achievements would have to be my Grand Prize in the National Audubon Society’s annual photography contest (for a photo of a Great Egret), and my being hired to write a regular column on wildlife photography for Outdoor Photographer magazine, beginning with the first issue of 2016.

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Image Copyright (c) Melissa Groo

2. What are your goals for the year 2016 (w.r.t bird photography)?

My goals are to keep finding ways to educate people about birds, and to support their welfare and conservation as much as I can with my photos. In terms of what I capture, to keep pushing myself to include more habitat so I can show that important relationship between a bird and its environment. And, as always, to venture to a couple of bird-rich destinations that I have never been (I have two wonderful locations in the planning stages…).

3. What is your best advice for the bird photographers?

Stay with your subject. Work it for as long as you can. You don’t need 50 different subjects in one day. You need one willing one that you have carefully made comfortable with your presence, and you need to photograph it over a period of time in which you can observe all the little nuances of its life. I really believe that only by really spending time with your subject will you come up with truly interesting and unique photos. And that the less you disturb or influence your subject, the more authentic your work will become.

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Image Copyright (c) Melissa Groo

Melissa Groo portfolio: http://www.melissagroo.com

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Ofer Levy

  1. What are your 2 biggest achievements in the year 2015?

My biggest achievements this year were spending nearly three months photographing and filming nesting Peregrine Falcons. It was done from a hide with no disturbance to the birds which successfully raised 2 chicks.

Getting a few more images I have been hoping to get for years such as displaying Great Crested Grebes which was taken from my floating hide.

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Image Copyright (c) Ofer Levy

2. What are your goals for the year 2016 (w.r.t bird photography)?

Doing more photography using my floating hide and hopefully doing more remote control photography.

3. What is your best advice for the bird photographers?

  • Learn how to operate your camera manually.  Don’t let the camera make decisions for you.
  • Learn your subject by watching and understanding it’s behaviour.
  • The more you try the less lucky you need to be in order to get your great shot.
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Image Copyright (c) Ofer Levy

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Rathika Ramasamy

1. What are your 2 biggest achievements in the year 2015?

Received inspiring icon award from “Inspiring Icon award” from prestigious Sathyabama University, and Receiving ICF award for wildlife photography.

Participating and exhibiting my images at Shillong international photo festival, Shillong.

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Image Copyright (c) Rathika Ramasamy

2. What are your goals for the year 2016 (w.r.t bird photography)?

My wish list for this year 2016, explore north east Indian bird sanctuaries.

3. What is your best advice for the bird photographers?

Focusing only on getting good images is not enough, watch and learn more about them to capture their interesting activities. Be responsible bird photographer, always respect your subject.

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Image Copyright (c) Rathika Ramasamy

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Sudhir Shivaram

1. What are your 2 biggest achievements in the year 2015?

The 2 biggest achievements of 2015 are: 1) Starting of my live video broadcast on my Facebook page and broadcasting live from the field and also interacting with the photographers on the “Photography Chat” on a weekly basis. 2) Launch of my online video tutorials, probably the first time ever in India by any photographer.

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Image Copyright (c) Sudhir Shivaram

2. What are your goals for the year 2016 (w.r.t bird photography)?

As a part of my video tutorials, I will be launching more videos on bird photography tips, covering some important birding areas and tips to shoot at those places practically.

3. What is your best advice for the bird photographers?

You need to understand the fundamental concepts of bird photography which includes exposure, focusing, composition and execution. You need to move away from taking images to making images. There is a huge difference between the two. Most of the images I make currently are with the concepts of pre visualization, where I frame the image in my mind and then execute it based on the opportunity I get.

To be a good bird photographer, you need to be a good naturalist and understand and follow the ethics of bird photography. With increasing affordability of DSLR camera equipment, the number of people aspiring to take up bird photography has increased dramatically over the years.  This has resulted in dilution of the ethics of bird photography, thus discrediting the entire community at times.

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Image Copyright (c) Sudhir Shivaram

From a financial standpoint, the cameras, lenses and accessories along with travel are expensive. No matter how good you are at this, you cannot make a lot of money. It takes several years to build the credibility to make a mark in this genre of photography. The bottom-line of Bird Photography is – We are in it because we love it, not with the hope of making a lot of money.

Sudhir Shivaram portfolio: www.sudhirshivaram.com


 

Wasn’t it a blissful read? I bet it was. I hope it was an amazing New Year gift 🙂

On behalf of our blog readers, I wish every one of these top 14 bird photographer hearty congratulations on their achievements. Also, I wish them a great success in the year 2016.

Now it’s the time to let me know “what is the key takeaway?”

Also, it will be nice to know your biggest achievements of 2015 & the goals for 2016. I will read every one of your comment. And most likely there will be several thousand other bird photographers reading it too 🙂

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Wish you all a Great Year Ahead!

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24 Responses to Top 14 Bird Photographers in the World, their Achievements, and their Goals!

  1. kotagauni srinivas January 8, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

    wonderful list sir, thanks for sharing

    • Prathap January 8, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

      My pleasure! Srinivas.

    • DR H Ramakrishnaiah January 12, 2016 at 8:51 am #

      Nice see some awesome works and top birders in the world. Good to see Rathika and Sudhir figure in the elite group. Just want to know how the top 14 were chosen.

      • Prathap January 12, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

        Dear Dr. H Ramakrishnaiah, Thank you!

  2. Fayyaz Mohammed Parkar January 8, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

    Hello Pratap,

    It is indeed one of the best new year gifts a passionate bird photography enthusiast can hope for. Thank you so much for this one.

    For me, 2015 was the first year when I made two trips for my passion, the first was to the Masai Mara in summer and then to LRK in December. Both trips were a big learning experience and I was lucky to go with my birding buddies.

    In 2016, I plan to improve my skills and knowledge and visit 2 more birding and wildlife destinations.

  3. Rosanne January 9, 2016 at 3:20 am #

    Thank you for the wonderful New Year’s gift and here’s hoping for a photographically wonderful 2016 for all of us. I do hope that you will decide to share more of your own accomplishments. It would not be “bragging;” rather, it would be an additional wonderful gift. As always, thank you for sharing your love of bird photography.

    • Prathap January 12, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

      Thank you so much for such wonderful comment! Rosanne. I will post an article soon on my personal acheivements and goals.

  4. Fayyaz Mohammed Parkar January 9, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    Hi Pratap,
    Thank you for your reply and suggestion for Bharatpur. I had Bharatpur on my wishlist and hope to visit in 2016.

    Wishing you all the best for your Mara trip.

  5. Joanna January 10, 2016 at 1:56 am #

    I know more bird photographers whose photos are better.
    Did You see Polish photographers and their photos?

    • Prathap January 12, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

      Hi Joanna, would you please give the link to their portfolios? The photographs posted in the article are from past year. If you check their portfolio, you might be able to know why they are some of the best.

  6. Vinay January 11, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    Thanks Prathap for this wonderful new year gift. When you mentioned in your earlier article about new year gift, I was eagerly waiting for it.
    All the advices to bird photographers are really an eye opener.

    In year 2015, I had been to many wetlands in & around Delhi. The best visit was to Dhanauri in UP where I got a chance to click Sarus Crane. I also made a visit to Valley of flowers & Nanda Devi Sanctuary where I got a chance to see very colourful Himalayan Birds.

    This year, I am more attracted towards Flamingos. In Jan’16 itself tried few trips in & around Delhi where they normally visit during this season but couldn’t get a chance.

    Thanks once again for beautiful article.

    • Prathap January 12, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

      Hi Vinay, Thank you! You would be luckier if you go to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary for Sarus Cranes. Check out some of my photographs from Bharatpur:
      http://www.prathapphotography.com/

      I have a plan to visit Valley of flowers this year. I am hoping for the best time 🙂 I guess you had a great time too.

      Flamingos are in my bucket list for this year. I hope both of us get to photograph them.

  7. Christian Nielsen January 11, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

    “I have some fun trips planned to Colombia, Brazil and Guyana. It should be a fantastic year!”
    Venezuela is surrounded by those 3 countries. Too bad the political and violence situation prevents this photographer for considering a visit. Smart guy.

  8. Ken Miracle January 12, 2016 at 12:07 am #

    Thanks for sharing. I do have one concern from a bird welfare standpoint. The Owl Photo by Alan Murphy appears to have been taken employing a flash. Many ornithologists and a owl photographer who has been profiled in national geo have told me to never use a flash on an owl since it can permanently damage their eyes because of their eyes construction for night hunting/vision. Hope I am wrong about the flash but I do not think I am.

    • Prathap January 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

      Hi Ken Miracle, Honestly, I am really not sure on this. Sorry about that. Hopefully, Alan can comment on this.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts here. At least it will be a very helpful advice for many photographers.

  9. Diane Rooney January 12, 2016 at 1:38 am #

    Hi Prathap, thanks so much for sharing these amazing portfolios. So inspirational – really enjoying them all. All the best to you!

    • Prathap January 12, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

      Thank you so much! Diane Rooney.

  10. Mohan Dhulipati January 12, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi Pratap,
    Thoroughly enjoyed reading the article. Very crisp to the point and lots of information to pursue and practice.
    Really a good, useful present for the new year!
    Indeed thanks a lot to the gift!!
    Cheers!!
    Mohan Dhulipati

    • Prathap January 12, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

      Hi Mohan Dhulipati, It’s my pleasure. I am glad that you enjoyed reading it.

  11. John O'Donnell January 14, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

    Hi Prathap,

    One of the better Warbler photographers in the US is a fellow named David Speiser. I have followed his work for a longtime , in fact I was one of his birding mentors! He has a very natural style and he respects his subjects. His website is http://www.lilibirds.com.

  12. suresh raut May 24, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

    Hi!I would like to ask one problems.when I click particular subject on Cramer screen look good but see on computer the picture does not look that great how to over this problems. Ur prompt advised.

  13. Elad December 19, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

    Great post, I think youll enjoy rising photographer named Kobi Ben Eli .
    He ain’t even using half of this guys gear
    And he pulls out amazing shots.
    Search him on facebook and instagram
    Under : Kobi ben eli

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