Meet our Contributors!

Over the years, we’ve been impressed by the passion and talent behind backyard bird photographers across the USA and Canada. That's why we’ve brought together a terrific group of birders from beginners to aficionados to showcase their photos and videos along with our products. Meet the group, visit their pages and follow along on their journeys as they continue to share the rewarding experience of backyard birding. You may see their photos and videos featured on our website and social media pages!

 

Brian Webster |  @brianwebsterphotography

I am an amateur photographer and nature lover! I got into backyard birding because of my mother. I remember we always had bird feeders when I was a kid. My mum was a photographer too, so naturally we went on a lot of nature hikes looking for birds.

  1. Your most proud birding moment in the last year was ____? I finally got a decent picture of Wild Turkeys. I had seen them many times but either did not have my camera or there was no place to stop.
  2. What bird are you most hoping to see in 2022? I am most hoping to see owls in 2022, I really love owls!
  3. If you could only have one type of bird at your feeders for the rest of your life, which would it be and why? Blue Jays because they are so beautiful.
  4. What are your hobbies outside of birding? Photography, fishing, hiking and guitars.
  5. What's one fun fact we might not know about you? I have been riding motorcycles since I was about 11.

 

Gina George |  @bouquet.of.hummingbirds

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I am a nature and photography lover. I got into backyard birding fairly recently when my husband and I moved to Texas. The previous owners of our house left behind a hummingbird feeder, so I decided to clean it up, make some nectar and give something new a chance. I’m so glad I did! I find such a large amount of joy in those tiny wings. Sharing my photos is truly so fulfilling to me, and I love looking at other photographers’ work as well.

  1. Your most proud birding moment in the last year was ____? Capturing the colorful kaleidoscope that lies within the hummingbirds’ wings. It is truly so beautiful!
  2. What bird are you most hoping to see in 2022? More varieties of hummingbirds.
  3. If you could only have one type of bird at your feeders for the rest of your life, which would it be and why? Hummingbirds, of course! They’ve always been one of the most fascinating birds to me. They’re the perfect example of great things come in small packages.
  4. What are your hobbies outside of birding? I love collecting memories through my camera lens as well as hiking, crafting, and reading.
  5. What's one fun fact we might not know about you? I am homebody! But, if you see me out and about, come say hi. I always love meeting new friendly faces.

 

Taylar Van Zandt |  @my.backyard.birds

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I’m from a small rural town in the Midwest. I’m a hairstylist, salon owner and avid birdwatcher. My mother introduced me to birdwatching 5 years ago. Over the years, my hobby has evolved from sitting and watching to now where I enjoy capturing them with my Canon Rebel T7i. There’s nothing quite like waking up early in the mornings with just you and the birds enjoying god’s creation before the rest of the busy city wakes. Birdwatching has taught me to slow down and enjoy all the little things life has to offer.

  1. Your most proud birding moment in the last year was ____? My mother and I spotted a group of Cedar Waxwings eating red berries. We couldn’t believe our eyes and I could barely hold my camera still enough to capture a picture! I’ve waited 3 years to see them and it was well worth the wait.
  2. What bird are you most hoping to see in 2022? We recently moved to a new area that has an amazing conservation area and lake filled with hundreds birds of all species (the Honey Hole, as my mom and I call it). This year I’m looking forward to documenting and photographing all the spring migrators the big body of water will attract!
  3. If you could only have one type of bird at your feeders for the rest of your life, which would it be and why? I would choose to have hummingbirds at our feeders all year long because they’re extremely entertaining to watch. Their antics never get old.
  4. What are your hobbies outside of birding? I enjoy spending time with my family. I love to be outside gardening and tending to my flowers.
  5. What's one fun fact we might not know about you? I’m a hairstylist and a salon owner.

 

Kristen Teutonico |  @wildbirbs

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My name is Kristen and I'm a graphic designer and photographer from New Jersey. I got into backyard birding after setting up a single feeder in my yard years ago and saw a small group of House Finches enjoying it by the next day. I wasn't expecting to get any birds at all, but I was so surprised how easily they found it and knew I had to expand my feeder options and menu! 😅

  1. Your most proud birding moment in the last year was ____? My husband and I bought our first home last year, and setting up the feeders for the first time I was unsure which types of birds would show up. To my surprise, a pair of Baltimore Orioles came within a few weeks! I didn't even have any Oriole feeders out, so I was very happy that they stopped by to enjoy what we set up!
  2. What bird are you most hoping to see in 2022? Hoping to see more Orioles again! And also would love some Bluebirds.
  3. If you could only have one type of bird at your feeders for the rest of your life, which would it be and why? Probably a White-Breasted Nuthatch -- the way they flip and climb around the feeders is always entertaining to watch! They have such fun energy and impressive skills.
  4. What are your hobbies outside of birding? I love photographing birds and wildlife, as well as hiking and biking.
  5. What's one fun fact we might not know about you? Besides caring for the birds and wildlife in our yard, I also have a lovely Calico cat named Molly! She enjoys bird watching as well, but exclusively from inside the house and through the window lol.

 

Karissa Reynolds |  @karissalooksatbirds

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I live in Connecticut with my husband and two dogs. My interest in birds happened recently and unexpectedly. I picked up my first camera in 2019 with the idea of taking landscape and family photos as a hobby. I played around with a zoom lens at the beach and realized there was a whole world of birds that I had no idea existed! My interest started at that point. My husband bought me my first bird feeder for Christmas in 2019 which ended up being a perfect gift, considering how the world changed just a few months later. Being home so much allowed me to have more time observing. I quickly became obsessed & immersed myself in learning by buying books, taking online classes, watching videos & joining online groups.

  1. Your most proud birding moment in the last year was ____? As a newbie, I guess would say I’m pretty proud of getting better at identifying birds by sound.
  2. What bird are you most hoping to see in 2022? Outside of my neighborhood, I’d love to see an American Woodcock. Their behavior is so interesting. At a feeder, I’d love to see an Oriole.
  3. If you could only have one type of bird at your feeders for the rest of your life, which would it be and why? I love White-Breasted Nuthatches. They are adorable and fun to watch running up, down and around the trees.
  4. What are your hobbies outside of birding? I love long summer beach walks with my husband and playing with & cuddling my dogs!
  5. What's one fun fact we might not know about you? I can say the alphabet backwards really fast! 😂

 

Are you interested in becoming a Nature's Way contributor? Send us an email at info@natureswaybirds.com with examples of your photography and links to any websites or social media pages where you share your birding photography, and we may consider you for a future program!



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