The thrill of capturing birds in action while surrounded by the beauty of their natural habitats gives me a burst of endorphins that might, at least partly, explain my addiction to wildlife photography. 

Most of my photos were taken in the wilds of New York State and Ohio: the Adirondacks, Lake Ontario shores, Montezuma NWR, Finger Lakes, Wellesley Island and Magee Marsh on Lake Erie.  I hike, kayak, camp out and get down & dirty in my quests to capture the beauty and action of birds in their natural habitats.

In the summer of 2015 a friend and I discovered a pair of rare Piping Plovers while kayaking an outlet to Lake Ontario, leading to the protection of their nest by the DEC and the first Piping Plover chicks to be hatched on New York State‚Äôs Lake Ontario shores in 31 years. Returned several times to photograph the chicks and document their progress (see them in the SHOREBIRDS gallery.)  My article about this experience was published in the June 2016 issue of New York State Conservationist  magazine, along with several of my images.

My photos also appear on interpretive panels at Montezuma NWR, a brochure for Hawk Mountain and instructional materials for Audubon North Carolina.

Current wildlife setup is Nikon D500  + Nikon 300mm F4E PF + Nikon TC-14E iii

Thanks so much for checking out my work. Enjoy, and good birding!

Sue Phillips

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