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Featured Photographer

Jacob Spendelow

  • American Goldfinch
  • Black Rosy-Finch
  • Brown-capped Rosy-Finch
  • Rosy-finch (an unusually dark Brown-capped or possible hybrid)
  • Brown-capped Rosy-Finch
  • Brown-capped Rosy-Finch
  • Cassin's Finch
  • Cassin's Finch
  • Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (coastal subspecies)
  • Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (interior subspecies)
  • Common Redpoll
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • House Finches
  • Lawrence's Goldfinch
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Pine Siskin
  • Red_Crossbill
  • Red Crossbill
  • Rosy-finches
Merlin Bird ID app
Birds of North America Online

About the Photographer

I've been fascinated by birds and nature since childhood, and started birding regularly and keeping a life list in my early teenage years. Protection of our natural environment is my greatest passion, and imbues all aspects of my life, including my photography, my lifestyle (vegan since 1999), and my work (research on alternative energy technology).

Finches are among my favorite birds, and are often associated with two of my favorite ecoregions, the boreal and montane forests. Some of my most rewarding photography the last few years has taken place in winter in the high Rocky Mountains, where conditions are often brutally cold, but the thrill of witnessing a flock of five hundred or more Rosy Finches fly over a mountain pass makes the cold barely noticeable. Conditions in northern Minnesota can be even colder, but the chance to see boreal specialties, such as Pine Grosbeak and Common Redpoll, draws many a birder every winter. 

A two dimensional image can never fully capture the thrill of the moment, but I hope some of these images will remind you of the thrill you felt when you saw a new bird for the first time, or will inspire you to go out and find a bird you've never seen before. Most of all, I hope they will inspire you to help protect these beautiful, but vulnerable, natural treasures.

—Jacob Spendelow
Washington, DC

See more of Jacob's photography at his website.