This page was last updated August 31, 2014.
I am a Scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. I have been stationed at NRAO's headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia since 1972. This job put me in a lovely location for birding with mountains only 30-minutes away and the ocean only 3 hours down Interstate 64. It also required me to travel a good bit to Socorro, New Mexico and has now transferred me there on a permanent basis (see new house). My job has also required me to travel occasionally to Tucson, Arizona (see TAC for example). I was a member of the Charlottesville, VA Monticello Bird Club and am a member of the New Mexico Ornithological Society, the American Birding Association, and the Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
My main hobby is the photography of birds. I am not a patient, professional sort of photographer. Instead I used to haul along my Celestion C-90, 1000-mm focal length, f11 lens on a shoulder stock and shoot pictures when birds allow me the opportunity. On Central American and pelagic trips I have used a light-weight, hand-held 400mm lens instead. Nonetheless, I now have at least vaguely recognizable photos of over 2284 spieces of birds which is 70.6 per cent of my total world list.
I have scanned in my recent (year 2000 and later) photos into the computer and I attach a selection below. Click on the small picture to see a larger collection of small pictures. You may click on these small pictures to see the full, more detailed versions.
In October 2006, I acquired a digital camera (Canon 350D) with a 70-300 mm IS lens. For details and early, more personal pictures click here. Nature photographs with this camera appear for all photos from that time until July 2009. I have now purchased a more advanced camera (Canon T1i and now T3i) with a 100-400 mm IS lens. These promise 3.3 times as many pixels on the bird, the possibility of movies, and more. Watch for pictures from this outfit beginning with Namibia (September 2009).
|2015||June||Southern Manitoba & Churchill||Otus Asio Tours|
|April||Colorado Grouse Leks||Otus Asio Tours|
|2014||November||South Ecuador: Tumbesian Specialities in the Southern Andes||Otus Asio Tours|
|February||Jamaican Endemics||Otus Asio Tours|
|2013||November||Ecuador: Antisana & the Northwest Andean Slope||Otus Asio Tours|
|September||Brazil: The Pantanal, Chapada dos Guimares, Emas NP||Otus Asio Tours|
|March||India: Assam & Arunachal Pradesh||Otus Asio Tours|
|2012||November||Northeastern Argentina||Otus Asio Tours|
|April||Mexico: Oaxaca, Chiapas||Otus Asio Tours|
|February||Namibia, Botswana, Zambia||Otus Asio Tours|
|2011||December||Jamaica||Otus Asio Tours|
|March||Northern India||Otus Asio Tours|
|2010||November||Galapagos, Ecuador||Otus Asio Tours|
|June||Northern Finland, Norway||Otus Asio Tours|
|February||Mexico: Durango Highway, San Blas||Otus Asio Tours|
|2009||September||Namibia||Otus Asio Tours, Boletas Birdwatching Centre|
|June||Manitoba, including Churchill||Otus Asio Tours|
|March||Belize||Otus Asio Tours|
|February||Morocco||Otus Asio Tours, Boletas Birdwatching Centre|
|2008||November||Oaxaca, Mexico||Otus Asio Tours|
|August||Romania (Transylvania, Danube Delta)||Otus Asio and Ibis Tours|
|May||Magee Marsh in Ohio||informal group|
|February||Puerto Vallarta and San Blas Mexico||Otus Asio Tours|
|2007||July||Ithaca, NY and points in between||on my own|
|May||Spain||Otus Asio Tours, Boletas Birdwatching Centre|
|2006||February||Puerto Vallarta and San Blas Mexico||Otus Asio Tours|
|2005||October||England: Oxford mostly||on my own|
|April||Colorado: grouse and prairie chicken||Otus Asio Tours|
|February||Trinidad and Tobago||Otus Asio Tours|
|January||Puerto Vallarta and San Blas Mexico||Otus Asio Tours|
|2004||October||Southern California||on my own|
|September||Oregon||Otus Asio Tours|
|April||Texas including Big Bend National Park||Otus Asio Tours led by Mark Korducki|
|February||Green Bay, WI & Duluth, MN||Otus Asio Tours|
|2003||May||New Mexico: Thick-billed Parrot||on my own|
|April||Texas: central, south||Otus Asio Tours led by Mark Korducki|
|2002||August||Holland||on my own and with guide|
|May-June||Alaska||Otus Asio Tours with John O'Donnell|
|2001||November||Trinidad and Tobago||Otus Asio Tours|
|February||Texas: south||Otus Asio Tours|
|2000||September||Southern California||Otus Asio Tours|
|January||Green Bay, WI & Duluth, MN||Otus Asio Tours|
These trips were led by Jan Hansen (dba Otus Asio Tours
Jan leads a variety of trips, all of which I would recommend.
Jan leads us to Jamaica, February 2014
Jan leads us to Ecuador, November 2013
Jan leads us to Brazil, September 2013
Jan leads us to North-east India, March 2013
Jan leads us to North-east Argentina, November, 2012
Jan leads us to Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico, April, 2012
Jan leads us to Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia, February, 2012
Jan leads us to Jamaica, December, 2011
Jan leads us to Northern India, March, 2011
Jan leads us to Ecuador and the Galapagos, November 2010
Jan leads us to Northern Finland and Norway, June 2010
Jan leads us to the Durango Highway and San Blas, Mexico, February 2010
Jan leads us to Namibia, September 2009
Jan leads us to Manitoba including Churchill, June 2009
Jan leads us to Belize, March 2009
Jan leads us to Morocco, February 2009
Jan leads us to Oaxaca, Mexico, November 2008
Jan leads us to Romania, August 2008
Jan leads us to Puerto Vallarta and San Blas, Mexico, February 2008
Jan and Josele lead us to Spain, May 2007.
Jan leads us to Puerto Vallarta and San Blas, Mexico, February 2006
Jan leads us to Colorado, April 2005
Jan leads us to Trinidad and Tobago, February-March 2005
Jan leads us to Puerto Vallarta and San Blas, Mexico, January 2005
Jan leads us to Oregon, September 2004
Mark leads us to Texas Hill Country and Big Bend National Park, April 2004.
Jan leads us to the North Woods of Green Bay and Duluth, February 2004.
Mark leads us to Texas Hill Country and Southern Rio Grande, April 2003.
Jan with John O'Donnell lead us to Alaska, May-June 2002.
Jan leads us to Trinidad and Tobago, November 2001.
Jan leads us to Southern Texas, February 2001.
Jan leads us to Southern California, September 2000.
Jan leads us to the North Woods of Green Bay and Duluth, January 2000.
Photos from 2000-2017 and before. Updated January 17 2017.
Photos from Magee Marsh, May, 2008
Hawai'i: Big Island, Maui
Kelp Gull, Sandgates, February 20 and November 7, 1999.
Harris Sparrow, December 18, 1999 and other 1999 pictures.
My former home state, photos include Black-tailed Gull
Short trips in February 2005 and November 2001, plus long trips in May 1993 and April-May 1995.
Several trips, photos from September-October 1998 including Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Business trip, Oxford, October 2005.
Eco Ventures tour, March 1995
Eco Ventures tour, March 1998
Sabbatical leave, February 1990 - September 1991