I began to take images of birds around 2008. At the time I knew relatively little about birds and probably even less about photography. I have always enjoyed the outdoors and wildlife. My major during my time at University of Michigan was Biology although I never took an ornithology course. I am a physician.

 

Thru studying the work of my flickr contacts, and getting to know some of them as friends in the 'non-digital' world, and a lot of mistakes along the way, I am learning to become a better avian photographer. I am improving as a birder as well. After all you can't easily locate and photograph your own target birds without some birding skills.

 

When a youngster I collected baseball cards, and stamps. I started out collecting stamps around the world, but realized that there were way too many countries and stamps to seriously undertake that endeavor. So I narrowed my stamp collecting to just United States stamps. I no longer actively collect stamps-too boring!

 

So to me the world of birds is much like the world of stamps. I have settled into a niche in my avian photography where I concentrate most of my efforts. That niche is warblers and my ultimate goal is to collect images of all plumages of warblers that breed in the US/Canada. I have photographed all the Eastern warblers and have begun to dabble some in the Western warblers. I also enjoy photographing other avian subjects.

 

It is my hope that my images will draw the interest of non-birders, and in so doing get them to think more about birds, and the life of birds, especially birds that don't come to feeders. When I am out in the field honing my craft I feel closer to my Creator God, and I hope that for some at least who view my images that their own thoughts will go in that direction as well.

  

updated 6/10/2018

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  • JoinedMay 2009
  • HometownSterling Heights, MI

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I have had the pleasure of birding with Gene at Magee and Michigan. Unlike some photographers, Gene strikes the perfect balance between technical excellence in photography and his unrivaled knowledge of birds. Gene's specialty is American wood warblers -- a passion I share -- and his work showcases the very best of t… Read more

I have had the pleasure of birding with Gene at Magee and Michigan. Unlike some photographers, Gene strikes the perfect balance between technical excellence in photography and his unrivaled knowledge of birds. Gene's specialty is American wood warblers -- a passion I share -- and his work showcases the very best of their various plumages (Spring, Fall, Male, Female). Gene is now conducting his own tours and I would recommend him unreservedly.

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November 5, 2019

www.flickr.com/photos/genekdr/ : Dr. Geno's knowledge and passion for warblers and photographing them is among the best I've seen. His ability to teach warbler photography is truly phenomenal. He can tell the exact time of the seasons based on the onset of the warbler migration. He has an uncanny ability to identify ea… Read more

www.flickr.com/photos/genekdr/ : Dr. Geno's knowledge and passion for warblers and photographing them is among the best I've seen. His ability to teach warbler photography is truly phenomenal. He can tell the exact time of the seasons based on the onset of the warbler migration. He has an uncanny ability to identify each of the species of warblers from among the dozens of sounds that one hears as a medley of songs in the woods. I am just lucky to have gotten to know him and to be coached by him. He truly cares for these birds. His pursuit of showcasing warblers in their natural habitat without encroaching into their habitat is worth emulating. He's quite unassuming and is a great teacher. Thank you, Doc!

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May 14, 2018