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Free Portland Audubon talk reveals how to find and photograph local birds Dec. 10

Scott Carpenter’s “Finding and Photographing Hidden Nature in Your Neighborhood” presentation is part of Audubon’s Nature Night series

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, an Audubon Society of Portland talk featuring wildlife photographer Scott Carpenter will reveal how to find and photograph birds while minimizing disturbance to them. As part of Audubon’s Nature Night lecture series, the 7 p.m. presentation is free and open to the public.

Free Portland Audubon talk reveals how to find and photograph local birds Dec. 10

Anna’s hummingbird female at nest, photo by Scott Carpenter

Nov 20, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. – On Tuesday, Dec. 10, an Audubon Society of Portland talk featuring wildlife photographer Scott Carpenter will reveal how to find and photograph birds while minimizing disturbance to them. As part of Audubon’s Nature Night lecture series, the 7 p.m. presentation is free and open to the public.

Carpenter will specifically discuss how to find and photograph breeding birds in the Portland metro area, and he will share photos and videos that he has captured at local nest sites, including at the nests of northern pygmy-owls, barred owls and Anna's hummingbirds. One spring, Carpenter spent more than 80 hours observing six Anna's hummingbird nests alone.

Carpenter will focus on four of his favorite Portland-area locations – Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Forest Park, Tryon Creek State Park and his neighborhood. That's right – typical urban and suburban Portland neighborhoods are teeming with nesting birds. In his neighborhood, Carpenter has confirmed 14 breeding species so far, and is still counting.

Scott Carpenter is a self-taught bird photographer based in Portland, Ore. He began his obsession with birds as a kindergartner in Texas in the 1970s. After decades of fast-paced birding and listing, Carpenter began incorporating photography into his bird obsession so that he could get to know the subjects of his fascination. He now spends as much time as possible in the field, primarily in the Pacific Northwest, attempting to capture images showing the behavior and beauty of birds in the wild, under natural conditions and lighting. You can see more of Scott’s work at www.scottcarpenterphotography.com.

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