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‘Ding’ Darling hosting bird photography exhibit, reception

By Staff | Mar 20, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Photographer David Jeffrey specializes in close-up portraits of birds.

Bird photographer David Jeffrey is exhibiting 30 bird images now through April 30 in the Visitor & Education Center auditorium at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

About half of the photos were taken at the refuge.

In addition, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge will host a free “Meet the Artist” reception on April 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is welcome to attend.

Jeffrey, an amateur photographer who winters on Captiva, became interested in bird photography in 2010, after retiring from a career in finance. The self-taught photographer took inspiration from Arthur Morris, author of “The Art of Bird Photography.”

“I feel a deep connection with the birds I photograph,” he said. “I am particularly pleased if the bird is catching food, trying to attract a mate, building a nest, feeding its young, or trying to frighten off a potential rival I am also fond of the portrait-like quality of one or two birds expressing absolute peace. I feel that peace when I photograph them.”

PHOTO PROVIDED “Two Bald Eagles,” by David Jeffrey

For more information, call 239-472-1100 or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/jn_ding_darling/.

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel.