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A Bit About Me

Birds by KSW is the culmination of a passion for nature that was instilled in me by my dad. Growing up, we spent a lot of time outdoors and he'd always point out animal tracks, bird calls and other signs of wildlife. That appreciation for the world around us is something that I want to pass along to my daughters. And bird photography is the perfect way to do that. 

 

Having studied art history and worked in technology, I love the challenge and potential that every photography outing presents. The waiting, timing, framing—and just plain luck—that culminates in capturing a truly unique moment in nature is exhilarating. And whether I got the shot I wanted or not, I always learn something for next time.     


I’m constantly inspired by the work of other bird and nature photographers and am grateful to be part of such a welcoming and supportive the community. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my work and experiences here, so I can help grow it just a little bit more.

My Sparkbird

My passion for birding was sparked by a 'squeaky wheel' sound that turned out to be an Anna's Hummingbird. I was instantly dazzled by the beauty (and undeniable cuteness) of these little creatures. Several thousands of frames later, I'm still amazed by how much they've inspired and taught me. 

 

Anna's Hummingbird
Calypte anna

 

Order

Caprimulgiformes

Family

Trochilidae

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My Love of Bird Photography Has Taken
Me to Some Incredible Places

Wish List

It’s important to have goals ;)  

 

Costa Rica
Iceland

Ecuador

Alaska
British Columbia

Trip List

Here are some of my favorite destinations so far:

 

Tucson, AZ

Bosque del Apache, NM

Santee Lake, CA

Escondido, CA

Lake Hope, Ohio

Cape Coral, Florida

The Upper Peninsula, Michigan
Tanzania

My Equipment

Here’s my current equipment set up. Feel free to get in touch with any questions.  

Camera

Canon EOS R6

Canon EOS R5

Lens

Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM T

Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM Lens

Canon 100mm f/2.8

Monopod & Tripod

Gitzo GM4562 Series 4 Monopod

Really Right Stuff Monopod Head

Gitzo GT3533LS Systematic Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Accessories

Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with Quick Release Base

Accessories

Gura Gear Kiboko 2.0 30L Backpack (fits the 600mm as a carry-on)

Naturescapes Skimmer Ground Pod

Black Rapids Camera strap

PRINT STORE

 

Request custom prints and browse my selection of greeting cards and calendars.