Photographing Birds in Flight - Tips, Tales & the One Bird Theory


January 21, 2021    
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Type

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Brief Description:

Flying birds make for some of the most compelling AND challenging photographic subjects.    Tom will let us in on his secrets for photographing birds in flight, including recommendations for camera settings and gear. Along the way, he will show examples of his own flight photography and talk about the One Bird Theory, which refers to those those remarkable long-distance re-sightings of individual birds that have been revealed using photos of birds in flight.

Brief Biography:

Tom Johnson grew up surrounded by birds in central Pennsylvania. Fascinated by science and the outdoors, and encouraged by his mom and dad, Tom developed an obsession with birds at an early age. He banded migrant landbirds and owls, conducted point counts for the Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas, and set off on many road trips to learn about North American birds. He was fortunate to take his undergraduate degree at Cornell University within the inspiring orbit of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Following that, Tom surveyed desert birds in Arizona and California and studied seabirds from NOAA ships between Nova Scotia and the Bahamas. He is an eBird reviewer, a regional editor for North American Birds, a regular contributor to Birding, and a member of the ABA Checklist Committee, as well as a professional guide.

Now living in Cape May, New Jersey, Tom devotes his energy to recording bird sounds, photographing flying birds, searching for vagrants and puzzling hybrids, night-birding, and reading as much as he can. He’s an inveterate road tripper and frequently looks for excuses to travel long distances in pursuit of birds and mammals. You might also find him on a boat just about anywhere looking for tubenoses and other seabirds.

Tom loves helping others pursue their passion for birding and the outdoors and has felt lucky to lead tours for Field Guides around the world since 2014. Though he focuses on the Neotropics and North America, he has a diverse itinerary that also includes Antarctica, India, Australia, and more.