Foxy's Gear:  These images were captured with a variety of Canon DSLR bodies, most with an assortment of Canon 300 and 400mm "L" lenses often coupled with a 1.4x or 2x teleconverter. I use an electronic flash when necessary, with or without a Better Beamer. I support my camera and largest  telephoto lens on a carbon fibre tripod with a gimbal head.

About Foxy. Born and raised on the prairies of rural Saskatchewan, Nature was all around me. I became an avid naturalist at a very young age. By the time I reached high school I was operating my own bird banding station, publishing scientific papers, and working each summer for the Canadian Wildlife Service. I earned an undergraduate degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, and graduate degrees in both Zoology and Biochemical Toxicology. I had the privilege of spending my professional career as an ornithologist / physiologist / toxicologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service where I focussed on the health of fish-eating birds in the Great Lakes. Although I have dabbled in photography since boyhood, it was only after I retired in 2005 that I realized I had some funds and time to take it up seriously. Bird photography is now my passion, and my wife's and financial planner's headache!

 

 

Foxy's Photographic Vision: Unlike verbal communications where words have finite meanings, the visual language of photography consists of light, colour, form, and space by which the world around us can be captured in an infinite number of ways. The digital camera becomes the extension of my mind's eye.   These images are MY original stories.  If an image brings you pleasure, draws you in, or increases your appreciation of the subject it is a success! Some may make a place in someone's memory and some may outlast me.  They describe the world as Foxy saw it.

 

 

Every digital image requires some out-of-the-camera adjustments to colour, contrast, tonality and sharpness. For me, the subject is key. I do very little to the subject. Ideally the background would be representative of the habitat occupied by the species and would not be distracting. When it distracts and detracts from the subject, then I do what I can to improve it without altering the "natural history" at the moment of capture. I will state when a subject is captive or restrained and when an image is a composite. Since feathers distinguish birds from all other animals, I strive to depict as much feather detail as I can.