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Meet the photographers who are also skilled birders

Barn owl
Barn owl Jeff Lemons

I’d like to introduce you to the photographers who supply me with most of the photos for my column and blog. In addition to being fine photographers, they are all just-as-skilled birders.

I have had many pleasurable days in the field with each of them and am immensely grateful for use of their photos to enhance my work. By the way, they all photograph more than just birds. Check them out for butterflies, reptiles, plants, mammals and more. Here they are:

▪ Jeff Lewis, of Manteo, is perhaps my most frequently featured photographer.

Because he lives on the Outer Banks, Jeff has easy access to some of the best birding areas in North Carolina. Places like the Alligator River National Wildlife Reserve, Pea Island NWR, Bodie Island, and Mattamuskeet NWR are his frequent haunts.

See his work at www.flickr.com/photos/natureimages or www.jefflewisphotography.zenfolio.com.

▪ John Ennis, of Leland, spends most of his time documenting the birds of Brunswick and New Hanover counties in North Carolina, and beyond. He explores the roads and swamps of Brunswick County and spends a lot of time at Fort Fisher and Wrightsville Beach. John is a past executive committee member of the Carolina Bird Club. See his work at www.thebusinessbirder.com.

▪ Jeff Lemons, of Charlotte, travels the state documenting as many species as he can. His photo of a barn owl is one of my favorites of his from Mecklenburg County. View his work at www.photographicmoment.net

▪ Phil Fowler, of Concord, always has his camera along on field trips, ready to document unusual species that might be discovered. Phil is a past executive committee member of Mecklenburg Audubon and the Carolina Bird Club; http://phil-fowler-nature-photography.redframe.com/#/page/home/.

▪ Kent Fiala, of Chapel Hill, maintains the wonderful website and photo gallery of the Carolina Bird Club; www.carolinabirdclub.org, and contributes frequently to it. He has traveled extensively to Central America. His website is www.faintlake.com/

I encourage you to spend some time perusing each of these fine nature photographer’s sites. The birding community in North Carolina is truly lucky to have access to their work.

Taylor Piephoff is a naturalist with an interest in the birds and wildlife of the southern Piedmont: PiephoffT@aol.com. Check out his blog at piedmontbirding.blogspot.com

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