"A Journey to Shoot Hummingbirds"
John Matthews will take us on a late spring trip along the Columbia Gorge to Glacier National Park and on up to a guest ranch in the south east corner of British Columbia with his accomplished photographer friend Vic Brockett to learn the intricacies of shooting photographs of 4 species of hummingbirds that pass through the valley… like a funnel on the pathway to their northern breeding grounds. Along the way they encounter many fascinating avian wonders: Turkey Vultures gliding at eye level a few feet away on a steep slope overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, a young brood of curious Great Horned Owls, Harlequin Ducks in their mountain breeding habitat in Glacier National Park, along with a number of other avian species and other animals during their journey to and from, capturing the acrobatic antics of the hummers.
Vic is a retired science teacher and nature photographer extraordinaire. John, retired from careers in oceanography and recycling has enjoyed birds and bird photography for over 30 years. He has been a member of Salem Audubon for nearly that long, co-teaching Beginning Birding classes with Wes Craven, Suzie Lundstrom and Kathy Patterson as well as other various projects. He has enjoyed nature photography throughout Oregon and the Northwest, much of which was through Salem Audubon field trips. He first enjoyed nature particularly around the tropical ocean in Hawaii where he spent his childhood and early adult years. He later took sojourns to Iceland, England, Scotland, Costa Rica and the Pantanal in Brazil with his family, always with his camera in tow. He currently keeps his eyes outside with his 3 mid-valley Raptor Runs.