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Jennifer Zelik

Jennifer Zelik, Bird Photography

Palm Harbor, FL

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I'm not sure if I'm more a birder or photographer. It really started together when I got my 1st digital camera in 2006. Wanting to start playing with my new equipment, I went into the backyard and began photographing birds. It then grew into me walking around my neighborhood with my camera in tow shooting whatever interested me, which were usually birds.

This love of bird watching brought back memories of one evening long ago when I was sick and cooped up in the house, and my mother brought me out to the backyard to watch the birds snatch insects for their dinner. It was just an hour or so, but it was a special time I spent alone with my mother and I couldn't wait to watch the aerial display the next evening.

The excitement I feel when I spot a new bird species is only exceeded by the "take my breath away" feeling of beautiful photographs. It's a great combination that helps me de-stress from everyday life. When birding and photographing alone or with my best friend, George, I work to improve my photography skills, while birding with a group, my focus is on species identification. My latest pursuit in photography is capturing bird behavior, such as nest building, feeding, and preening. In flight photography is always a challenge, especially with the smaller birds.

Someone once said, birding is like a treasure hunt, you never know what you're going to come upon. This gallery represents part of the treasure I've come across.



Happy hunting.
Jennifer Zelik

 

Yellow-crowned Night Heron by Jennifer Zelik

 

American Oystercatcher grooming by Jennifer Zelik

 

American Oystercatcher by Jennifer Zelik

 

Fawns suckling by Jennifer Zelik

 

Kayaks on Dunedin Causeway by Jennifer Zelik

 

Eastern Meadowlark by Jennifer Zelik

 

Redwinged Blackbird Calling by Jennifer Zelik

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker by Jennifer Zelik

 

Sandhill Crane with Colt by Jennifer Zelik

 

Eastern Kingbird by Jennifer Zelik

 

Black Skimmer Silhouette by Jennifer Zelik

 

Least Bittern by Jennifer Zelik

 

Cattle Egret by Jennifer Zelik

 

Rose-breasted Grosbeak by Jennifer Zelik

 

Cedar Waxwing by Jennifer Zelik

 

Quiet Please by Jennifer Zelik

 

Common Yellowthroat by Jennifer Zelik

 

Fresh Catch by Jennifer Zelik

 

Silhouette of Great Egret by Jennifer Zelik

 

Yellow rumped at Sunset by Jennifer Zelik

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler by Jennifer Zelik

 

Wood Stork Reflection by Jennifer Zelik

 

Snowy Egret Baiting by Jennifer Zelik

 

Hanging Around by Jennifer Zelik

 

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks by Jennifer Zelik

 

Roseate Spoonbill by Jennifer Zelik

 

The Twins by Jennifer Zelik

 

Follow the Leader by Jennifer Zelik

 

Sandhill Crane Chick by Jennifer Zelik

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker with Chick by Jennifer Zelik

 

Red-shoulder Hawk by Jennifer Zelik

 

Red-shoulder Hawks by Jennifer Zelik

 

Snail Kite by Jennifer Zelik

 

Female Red-breasted Merganser by Jennifer Zelik

 

Hooded Merganser Take-off by Jennifer Zelik

 

Carolina Wren by Jennifer Zelik

 

Ring-billed Gull by Jennifer Zelik

 

Pine Warbler with Lunch by Jennifer Zelik

 

Great Egret Displaying by Jennifer Zelik

 

Reddish Egret at Sunset by Jennifer Zelik

 

Great Egret Preen by Jennifer Zelik

 

Hooded Merganser Take Off by Jennifer Zelik

 

Florida Scrub Jay by Jennifer Zelik

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler by Jennifer Zelik

 

Downy Woodpecker by Jennifer Zelik

 

Great Blue Heron by Jennifer Zelik

 

Crested Cara Cara by Jennifer Zelik

 

Ruddy Turnstone by Jennifer Zelik