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San-Cap Audubon to present ‘Elevate Your Bird Photography’

By Staff | Feb 15, 2019


The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society will host Sanibel-based bird/raptor, wildlife and landscape photographer and educator Paul McKenney for a presentation, “Elevate Your Bird Photography,” on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Using many of his excellent photos as examples, he will give practical advice that can be used in the field to improve one’s birding observations. The presentation will provide an understanding of the fundamentals and techniques that translate into successful bird photos, what to avoid and why. The emphasis is what in the field helps to achieve those images that are worth hanging on one’s walls.

McKenney is passionate about capturing the beauty and behavior of birds, mammals and large reptiles and assisting others achieve their visions. He bought his first SLR camera in 1991, and photography quickly became a passion. Annual trips to the Eastern Sierras, U.S. and Canadian national parks and the southwestern United States followed. Later journeys took McKenney to Costa Rica and elsewhere.

He quickly learned the best way to shoot better bird and wildlife images was to spend time with the subjects, falconers, birders and naturalists. McKenney grew up and lived in Metro Detroit until 2015 when he retired. A prime motivator for the move to Sanibel was the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, where he currently volunteers. McKenney began teaching raptor/bird workshops and other photography education programs and workshops over a decade ago in Michigan.

This is the eighth of nine Sanibel-Captiva Audubon lectures to be held. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and parking is available at The Community House, as well as at the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater.


A $10 donation per attendee is appreciated, with the proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida.

For information, call Bill Jacobson at 239-395-1878 or visit www.san-capaudubon.org.