I can’t remember when Damon began to do the writing for his book ‘Flights of Fantasy Photographing North American Birds’. The book was published by my company in 2006. Oh, my goodness, that’s already eleven years ago!
I always tried to instill in Damon the challenges of trying to get several ‘elements’ into a single bird photograph. So many bird photographers (since it’s now pretty much politically incorrect to photograph birds at the nest) seem to be satisfied with a shot of an adult bird in a tree, on the ground or in flight with a pleasing out-of-focus backdrop. To me, these photographs, even though the bird might be entirely in sharp focus, are boring. I bet that comment is going to hit the nerve with many ‘opportunist’ bird photographers.
Below are just a smattering of images taken from his book.