Birds - Mike Cameron
This month’s speaker is one of our own very talented members – Mike Cameron. You may know him best as our residential bird expert photographer, and one of our recurring guest speakers at our August Table Top Workshop.
Mike is a self-taught photographer who first began the hobby of photography at the dawn of the digital era with a Nikon Coolpix 900 in 1999. He quickly graduated to a digital SLR in 2001, and has been seriously photographing wildlife and landscapes for past 15 years. He continually hones his skills photographing a variety of natural subjects, but over the years he has specialized in photographing bird life, especially in the North Texas region. His photographs have been published by the Plano Parks Department, the Nature Conservancy, eBird's Spring Migration BirdCast 2017, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Bird ID Cards. In addition to photography, Mike leads educational bird walks for local organizations such as The Heard Museum, the Richardson Parks Department, and the Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society (PTAS). Mike is currently employed by Texas Instruments, Inc. where he has a 25-year career in semiconductor manufacturing, and he is the current president of Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society.
Mike will share a presentation on "Birding the Pacific Northwest”, showcasing some of his bird photography from a 2018 trip to Washington State. He, and a group from the Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society, made the 10 day journey, visiting many different habitats from coastal Puget Sound around Seattle, through the rain forests of the Western Cascades, over the mountains to the dry scrub of Eastern Washington, back to the Olympic peninsula, and finally a quick jaunt over to Victoria, B.C on Vancouver Island. He will share his experiences and insights in photographing some of the 142 species birds that were seen on the trip, as well as some videography and landscape photography along the way.