An Eye for Detail
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Gerry Dewaghe is one of many members of the public who contributes to our All About Birds site. We use his and others' photos to illustrate key details in our species and similar-species viewers in our free species guide. If you have detailed bird photos that you're willing to let us use to help people learn about birds, consider joining our Birdshare user group on Flickr. Here are some of the pages where you can find Gerry's photos:
About the Photographer
Gerry Dewaghe is a native Frenchman but a longtime resident of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and recent retiree. His son, Francois Dewaghe, is the web developer for All About Birds, and Gerry has made his own contributions to the site by providing his detailed bird photography for our online species guide. Here's how Gerry describes his approach to photography:
"At an early age, I found the countryside as an escape from the city where I was raised. My enjoyment of general nature photography dates back to the early 1970s, when I purchased my first camera. This pastime quickly turned mainly to bird photography to document the sightings of my wife Christine who is the original bird watcher in the family.
"Despite my long affair with bird photography, I consider myself purely an amateur. My involvement leading local bird walks and long distance trips was not conducive to pure bird photography with the exception of documentation. Until the advent of digital photography, I rarely shared my work beyond a few slide programs for our local bird club. In 2004, I finally invested in new digital equipment, and started to photograph to my heart’s content. From that point on, some of my photos found their way into articles and recently a book cover (Avian Ecology and Conservation, Pennsylvania Academy of Science, 2010).
"I am fascinated by my subject. A glimpse of a warbler through a pair of binoculars rarely reveals the intricacies of their feathering that a digital image captures. While songbirds are my favorites, they are closely followed by the ducks and geese. In both groups, the seasonal plumage variations are much more subtle than what is documented in field guides and offers a nearly endless variation best documented by digital work."
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
See more of Gerry's work at his photography site