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Justin Dancing Hawk 21-Aug-2014 20:45
Hi Tom! I love your wonderful photos! I'd like to ask your permission, Sir - to please use the photo of your's of the female Kestrel looking over her back at us for reference for one of my Paintings! I am a Raptor Artist & I have a lovely concept for a painting of a mated pair of Kestrels & I have the male , but not a female , in the position I'd like. YOur photo is PERFECT! My Studio is Wind Beneath My Wings Studio & Workshops of Eau Claire, WI. I am the Founder of the Facebook Group & INternational Organization ( In formation ) A.E.R.I.E. Artists - Artists Entrepreneurial Raptor International Enclave - A.E.R.I.E. & we are dedicated to helping Raptor Rehab Centers & Conservation of Raptors throughout the World through donating a percentage of our sales of our Art! I'd sure welcome you on board if you'd be willing to join us! www.windbeneathmywings.us Thank you Sir!
Sarah Coleman 14-Aug-2014 19:01
Tom,
I am a teacher and I would like to use your pictures of Scott's Oriole for a classroom activity. May I have your permission? Please email or call (616) 648 - 3094
Annie Mattingley 31-Jul-2014 14:33
Hi Tom, I'd love to use your 1st photo of the violet-green swallow (looking you in the eye over his right shoulder) to illustrate a story about an encounter with one of these swallows. The story will be part of an online project, Thinking Wilderness, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act. You can check it out on www.thingingwilderness.org. Please let me know by email or at 575-586-1792. Thanks for the great photos!
Barbara Aulicino 07-May-2014 19:45
Hi Tom, We want to reproduce your photo of American Wigeons in courtship pursuit on Nob Hill Pond 20-Jan-2013 in an article in the July-August issue of American Scientist magazine, www.americanscientist.org. How can we get your permission and a high-resolution file of the photo for publication? Please contact me Barbara Aulicino at 919-547-5222 or send me an email.
Louisa Edgerton 10-Apr-2014 11:03
I tom - Beautiful photos!
I'm president of a small non-profit educational organization in Maine. (www.creamaine.org) We are looking for a photo of a Wilson's Warbler to use in our newsletter, and wonder if you would let us use one of yours?
Much appreciate your consideration.
Louisa Edgerton
Guest 29-Jan-2014 16:42
Combien pour une photo?
Guest 19-Apr-2013 15:31
Superbe, époustouflant, magique, étonnant, incomparable, admirable.. and so on, as we say in French. As you say : marvelous, so beautiful. THANK YOU. (from France)
Guest 17-Apr-2013 02:38
Your pictures are inspiring! gorgeous
Tom Grey10-Feb-2013 15:28
Hi Guest -- I was taken there by James Shadle on his boat the Hooptie Deux; James knows the ins and outs and the birds of Tampa Bay; my advice is to sign up for a morning out with him on his boat.
Guest 10-Feb-2013 02:13
Hi Tom, your photos are amazing! I live in the Tampa Bay area and would love to know where specifically you took the fighting Rosate Spoonbills. Thanks!
Marilyn Wendler 11-Jan-2013 02:21
My sister in Atlanta found your site and clued me in. What a wonderful resource, especially since I bird in Santa Clara County too! Thank you for all the love and work you have put into this site.
Heidi 05-Jan-2013 22:54
Lovely, lovely photos. Thank you.
Stefanie Arthur 27-Aug-2012 16:49
Tom--I was searching around for juv pigeon guillemot pictures and found your treasure trove! I'm a seabird docent at Alcatraz and any day now, hoping to finally see the juv PIGUs emerge from their burrows and/or swimming with adults. Thank you so much for your wonderful pictures and for sharing them.
harper5701-Aug-2012 19:55
Can you please send me an emaiL? dimages@cox.net

Thanks,

Thomas Rupp
Guest 27-Apr-2012 12:06
Tom, you have a couple of photos of peeps in flight that I would like to link to in a post to the OKbirds listserv. The post discusses the flight markings of sandpipers relevant to some recently posted photos. The two photos are your images 127447717 and 139440773. The first shows Least Sandpipers flying and the secon shows both Least and Western.

WilliamDiffin@aol.com
Doug Johnson 17-Mar-2012 21:47
Tom...loved your album of La Paz in 12/05....I have a membership at Club El Moro on the Malecon in La Paz..and drive there twice a year ...over Christmas and New Years for the past few years....have been taking photos of the many shore
birds on the Malecon at our front door...Your Senior Pelicano photos look so familiar....my photos nowhere as great as yours as I only carry a small digital Canon camera now...( through the 70's - 80's - and 90's I carried a large camera bag w/ my 35mm SLR and all those lenses - print & slide film)....you are inspiring me to work on my photography skills...I post my photos on Panoramio ...Picasa....and Flicker....BUT I'M SO IMPRESSED with your work....
I'm keeping your web site on my desk top.....THANKYOU
Doug Johnson
Rich Monroe 15-Nov-2011 15:39
Tom -- Thank you for sharing those magnificent photos. As an amateur birder/photographer, I'm inspired by the detail and beauty you've accomplished with your equipment. Keep it up!
Dave Barnes30-Oct-2011 23:17
Tom, really enjoyed my visit to your pages. You get great results from your gear - identical equipment to that I use. Your yard birs gallry is great and I liked the Monterey pelagic stuff too - long time since I was there!

All the best and regards,

Dave Barnes (UK)
alikatown11-Jul-2011 21:01
Hi Tom -- We used your wonderful website to identify immature birds in a stick-nest near our pond (often frequented by heron, egret, etc) We THINK these are young green heron. The photo is so cool! Do you ever want to add to your collection for identification purposes? or are you only using photos you took. Nice site for identification! Thanks! Alice & Dan
Graham Weston 04-Jul-2011 11:36
Tom, My wife and I have just returned home from a birding trip to Alaska and I was fortunate to catch the Snow Buntings' courtship display in Barrow. What made me smile was the male which got off the female's back and stuck his head up in the air, as if to say "Aren't I a clever boy". It all only lasted about 30 seconds but what a privelege to see.

Best wishes,
Graham Weston (England)
Dana Gatlin28-Jun-2011 14:14
Tom, your photos are absolutely awe-inspiring. As a fledgling photographer with (out my back door) access to many wonderful species, I'm thrilled to have come across your galleries. I have lots of night herons here and see juveniles often, but never the fuzzy little fledgelings. Still not sure how to tell the difference between the yellow-crowned and black-crowned juveniles. Anyway, I'm enjoying your galleries immensely. Thank you for sharing your lovely work. ~ Dana
Jesse Salinas 05-May-2011 00:38
I just now saw a bird I had never seen before, neither among the residents nor migratory birds. It was small like a wren, with a completely black head and neck, orange breast, white underfeathers and dark wings. The tail feathers were a combination. I watered the front yard and it was bathing on the leaves of a kumquat tree.
Hennie09-Mar-2011 13:49
Hi Tom

I was bird sites in the search for an idea for my new site and I came to your site.
Very nice. Greetings from Netherlands

Hennie www.pbase.com/hennie2011
Gillian Martin 12-Feb-2011 04:12
Hi Tom,
Oh my gosh! Almost needed oxygen when I found your website! Your images are...well...I just can't find a suitable adjective! Very special indeed. I am really coming a-begging. I am a volunteer naturalist with an Audubon Society in southern CA. and am in the process of putting together several Power Point presentations on birds and other animals for kids ages 5-11 in the hope of instilling in them an appreciation of nature. I am currently doing one on nature's home-builders and am including Cliff Swallows. (It's so dang hard to get photos that are not copyrighted.) I am wondering if I may use some of your images of that species in the Power Point. Credit inserted, of course. The PP will not be sold or used for profit in any way. Oh you must be weary of folks like me! But I want to do the right thing by asking. Thank you at least for the joy of seeing your images. Keep up the great work! Humbly, Gillian
risa george 31-Jan-2011 21:26
I have been shooting an oak titmouse for a month who has an odd discoloration across his chest. i can't figure it out....and i'm new at this, to boot! can i send you a picture to see if you have seen anything like it before. I am happy to have come across your photos. i live in marin county and shoot many of the same birds and am learning quite a bit from studying your shots. thanks for the great work.
Dean Eades BirdMad - BirdGuides Photo of the Year Winner 20-Jul-2010 21:08
Nice Gallery's

http://www.birdmad.com/
Guest 24-Jun-2010 00:32
Hi Tom,

I absolutely love your pictures! I look at them when I am stressed out or when I want to be outdoors birding but can't go and they're so lovely and soothing.

Thank you so much for posting your incredible pictures. Please keep up the good work!

Best,
Archana M
robertoparmiggiani24-Jan-2010 15:35
Great Work
Roberto
Phil18-Jan-2010 18:28
fantastic galliers well done.
Carol Weston 01-Sep-2009 17:37
I love your photos! What equipment are you using now? I was thinking of trying a digiscope; I currently shoot Canon. What advice can you give me!
jinny 15-Aug-2009 03:03
hi tom. i saw your pictures today and thought that they were very beautiful. i also love taking pictures and hope to be as good as you one day.
Gail Miller31-Jul-2009 03:05
Hello Tom: I happened onto your pbase account while looking around for hummingbird photos. Your photos are wonderful. We use similar equipment and I see that your are having great luck pushing your camera on higher ISOs, something I've always been afraid to do. Guess I'll go back and try it again, now that I'v seen your outstanding work.
rawya ghoraba 26-Jun-2009 17:04
I am new at checking pages on internet and only by chance I saw your wonderfull work. My children enjoy your pictures and they were very happy seeing the birds one by one thank you very much.Please can you give me some sites on the net from which I can get a very good pictures for diffrent kinds of animals as good as your incredible pictures of birds.Many thanks.
Bruce Johnson15-Jun-2009 21:57
Love your Pictures Tom--i see you spend time at the east bay regional park district--i was a police officer there for 19 yrs and 17 of those yrs i was a detective and loved photography then as much as now. I moved up here to lake Oroville 2 yrs ago and doing a lot of Bird photography. I see one of your admires Donna Drake needs some help--I take dead tree branches and mount them in a bucket of a little cement and put them near feeders so the birds land on them away from the feeder for a better picture.
Donna Drake 24-Apr-2009 17:07
Very beautiful bird photos! I found your site trying to identify the female Bullock Oriole. Found her! Currently not working and home during the day, I have found my backyard to be the home of a pair of Bullock Orioles and a pair of Northern Cardinals. I remove the screen from my kitchen window and photograph them from about 15 feet away. It makes a great blind! I have not been able to capture the female Oriole. She is shy and quick. I also have Lazuli Buntings, Gila Woodpeckers, Gamble Quail, Hummingbirds and endless Finches. My goal is to photograph them away from the feeders. I only have a small kodak easy share digital camera. Any photo tips? Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!
skhin26-Dec-2008 08:05
Hi Tom,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Skhin
Bianca 24-Oct-2008 16:25
Hello Tom, Thank you for sharing your beautiful site and your love for birds. I have just recently moved out to Sun City, CA and love to watch these lovely creatures from my private home and a new comer has come about. He is a black bird with blue or white eyes. I browsed through your gorgeous collection and didnt see a picture of him. Would you be able to tell me what kind he is? He is quite a character, with all these magnificent sounds!
Thank you for your time and sharing your site!
b.mcconeghy@rocketmail.com
Alma 25-Sep-2008 21:59
I'm new at checking pages on the internet, in fact I don't even have an e-mail address, I found your site by chance, My hometown is El Fuerte Sinaloa, Mexico and I was looking for information or pictures of it when I ran into your page. I really loved it and I feel so proud you've posted a picture of my little beloved little town among all those beautiful places. Regards Alma R.
Guest 25-Sep-2008 21:58
I'm new at checking pages on the internet, in fact I don't even have an e-mail address, I found your site by chance, My hometown is El Fuerte Sinaloa, Mexico and I was looking for information or pictures of it when I ran into your page. I really loved it and I feel so proud you've posted a picture of my little beloved little town among all those beautiful places. Regards Alma R.
alize 22-Sep-2008 00:50
thizz very great.i love it
cynthia berg 01-Sep-2008 16:35
INCREDIBLE images. Thanks very much for posting.
yoram shpirer28-Jun-2008 19:36
Hi Tom
I'm glad I came across your galleries; you have some superb Birds shots. Definitely added to my favorites list!
Regards Yoram
Pete Eckenberg 23-Jun-2008 22:43
I have a picture of a bird frequenting my back yard.
How can I get you to ident. it for me?
Dean Eades BirdMad - BirdGuides Photo of the Year Winner 28-Apr-2008 20:38
Great website


website :http://www.BirdMad.com

http://www.deaneadeswildlifephotography.co.uk
AlexP24-Apr-2008 13:27
Hi, thanks for your comment. I appreciate to get comments from people that know how much work it takes to get some some great shots, you have lots and lots of them!
Sarah Watkins 09-Apr-2008 19:38
Thank you for sharing such beauty! Spectacular. I'm an artist, hopefully one day I can photograph these beauties and paint them! Sarah
Joe Fowler 29-Jan-2008 14:15
Mr. Gray I sent you a e-mail today at tgray@stanford.edu and it was returned undelivered. Please contact me and I will resend. Thank you Joe Fowler, Reedville, Va.
Ralph Green 04-Jan-2008 18:14
Hi Tom your work is the best
wildoat04-Oct-2007 16:00
Hi Tom, you kindly responded to one of my questions on NScapes, thought I would check out your work
Really glad I did, some fantastic captures and a very inspiring collection.
best wishes
tony( wildoat, formerly antonoat)
Milan Vogrin04-Jul-2007 19:04
Hi!
You have many excellent images in your galleries. Better then in many books!
Best,
Milan
Guest 14-Jun-2007 06:25
I think you're on a whole different level than a lot other people.
Meggi Raeder26-May-2007 16:27
Hi Tom, lovely gallery with stunning photos of birds! Love it,
Meggi
Charles Shen16-May-2007 01:47
Hi Tom,

When I say wow upon seeing those birds with fish in their mouth, I know how much effort you've been making on top of your talent. In particular I like your narrations on how and where the shots were taken that turns pictures into stories. Hope to say hello to you someday at Baylands.

Charles
http://www.pbase.com/cshen
Guest 07-Mar-2007 14:30
I admit you got talent. Now I'm jealous.
Dean Eades BirdMad - BirdGuides Photo of the Year Winner 01-Mar-2007 23:08
Nice Gallery

http://www.pbase.com/dean_eades
yoram shpirer24-Feb-2007 21:14
Hi Tom
You have many excellent images in your galleries, I've really enjoyed looking at your photos & will be back again soon for another look.
Yoram
Cliff28-Jan-2007 14:59
Tom - You have an outstanding series of galleries jam packed with wonderful images, it has been an absolute joy to look through them. Thank you for sharing, I will be back soon to have another look.
Regards
Cliff
Bob Moul28-Sep-2006 18:51
Tom, it is always a treat to visit your galleries. Many,many astounding images. Keep up the good work.
Melanie 06-Jul-2006 22:44
Hi Tom,

I love your recent cliff swallow pic. Its amazing! I check your website from time to time and your photos always motivate me to keep up with my bird watching.

Thanks again,

Melanie
Jyoti Sachdev 04-Jul-2006 06:10
Hello,
We are a book packaging company based in Delhi, India. We are mainly into children educational/reference books. We do these book for the publishers based in UK and US.
Currently we are working on a book titled Polar Creatures, for which we require image of "savannah sparrow" and recently we have came across a very stunning image of the same from your site, below is the link
http://www.pbase.com/image/33251437

We would like to use the image in a children educational book.

kindly get back to us as soon as possible.
waiting for your reply.
Regards,
Jyoti Sachdev
jyotis@q2aindia
Evaristo Buendia-Carrera16-Jun-2006 02:47
Amazing work...!!!voted
swlu@yahoo.com 04-Jun-2006 12:07
Sehr nützlich, informativ und anschaulich!
Shaunna Anne Goldberry 24-May-2006 02:58
Your photography is magical. Thank you for sharing. Shaunna Anne Goldberry
Donald Kinney21-May-2006 13:10
Hi Tom, I've got to tell you that I am COMPLETELY blown-away by your fantastic work in these galleries... I'm a PBASE member (Photoarrow), but a lady named Kelly (kellyhiking.blogspot.com) included a link to your site to illustrate a bird she was commenting on... Wow! What wonderful bird shots... You must be an incredibly patient person to get all of these fantastic images... Seeing your work, I'm going to throw my Sony DSC-F717 away and go get myself a Canon 20D and a 500mm lens...
I was telling Kelly that one of my goals in life is to learn all of the bird names, so now I know what to use as my reference... Thanks a whole lot, Tom, and good luck with that knee... Best regards, Donald Kinney
Tom Merigan08-May-2006 14:14
Tom You have a good eye and picked the best of my Texas trip. I think I'll try the Hooded Warbler out on NPN. Hope 0our paths cro0ss in the field I'll be following in my favorites. Tom
Mario Weusten23-Apr-2006 18:40
thank you for visiting my gallery and leaving a comment......

You have a wonderful collection bird Photo`s well done
Guest 19-Feb-2006 20:19
Hi Tom-cought your images on pbase today.Well done-very nice selection. I too have a passion for birding and bird photography. I try to get out as often as possible.
When you get a chance take a look at my images.
Thanks
Harris Brown
http://www.pbase.com/birdphoto/root&page=all
Muskrat's Photos02-Feb-2006 00:48
Beautiful Work...I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all of the galleries!!!
Muskrat
Marc Vermeulen26-Jan-2006 22:52
Beautiful work!
Sarah 12-Jan-2006 02:06
I've just returned home to the UK after a holiday in Florida. Your site has been the best of the many I've been surfing in helping me get a positive ID on some of the birds I saw and took pics of. A lot of pics and illustrations on other sites still left me in doubt as to exactly what things were but the accuracy of the colours and markings on yours were incredibly helpful. I'm new to photography and birding and your pics have inspired me!
Glen Tepke11-Dec-2005 19:43
Tom -- thanks for the comment on the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper pics. You have a lot of great shots here as well. Have you been to Alviso for the STSA?

I also have a DSLR and a 100-400 but I think of that as a supplement to digiscoping, not a replacement. The combo is very versatile -- digiscoping for the birds that are too far for the DSLR, and the DSLR for closer birds that are flying or moving too fast for digiscoping. It's a fair amount of gear to lug, but probably no heavier than a DSLR with a 500 f/4 and more flexible. Of course, a 3 mp Coolpix doesn't produce the same image quality as a DSLR, but it is possible to get pretty sharp stuff with good gear and technique -- check these out:

http://www.pbase.com/gtepke/image/22572469

http://www.pbase.com/gtepke/image/27069189

http://www.pbase.com/gtepke/image/22572196

Admittedly, those birds were pretty close. Good shooting.

Glen
Naturephoto Monique16-Oct-2005 23:29
Wonderful galleries, keep up the good work!
Regards,
Monique
Peter Berkers 29-Sep-2005 22:07
I have been taking photographs for a few years now but the quality has not been up to anywhere near yours, this mainly due to the quality of my lens. The situation is now that i have a good lens and will hopefully get near to the extraordinary quality of your
work. The technique is excellent. Thank you for sharing them with us.
greg 21-Aug-2005 13:29
Thanks for the great birding shots... Wish I was there!

greg
www.BajaBirding.org
melanie 29-Jun-2005 15:33
I enjoyed your photos tremendously. I have lived in San Francisco for 6 years and tomorrow I am moving near Morgan Hill. You have inspired me to spend my vacation (which starts tomorrow as well) to go birding the week I have off. Any suggestions on where I should go? My new backyard has about 4 different species nesting as we speak in my trees.
Guest 05-Dec-2004 16:47
Whenever a rare bird is spotted in the south bay, Tom is usually the first on the scene. He quickly posts an accessable photo for south bay birders to enjoy. The quality of his photos is remarkable. Thanks Tom.

Janna Pauser
Vicki Moore18-Nov-2004 16:33
I have really enjoyed looking at your galleries. You have some beautiful images.
Tom Merigan 11-Oct-2004 02:02
I am a retiring Stanford Prof who is just starting out as a begining birder who photographs but have a Canon D10 and a 100-400 Canon lens to work with With his setup I am just being to get close to the birds and use the photos to precisely identify them but I really like the way you have brought art to their photos I'll try to follow in your footsteps Tom PS I would like to go out with you some time
Michel Desmeules31-May-2004 23:38
Hi!

You are doing a great job !!!
I love it.......
*Tinne aka digitinne*10-May-2004 15:53
Great work!!!

Tinne
Rodney Warren 03-Apr-2004 16:18
Your home page looks great, and the Photos are an insporation to the rest of use bird watchers. I have been working with Photoshop for about 10 years now and it is still an adventure in technology. Enjoy your time with the application, the enhancment to your already wonderful Photos will be a treat to see.
Jeff Cochran21-Mar-2004 02:11
Hello, I enjoyed your photos.Thx for sharing. :)
Jeff
http://www.pbase.com/savannahga
Bob Moul24-Feb-2004 01:52
Hi Tom, Just enjoyed your bird photos tremendously. The pix of the hummers copulating are awesome. I use the same combination camera/lens as you and find it to be a more than satisfactory for birds and other wild life photos. Interesting comparing your bird species on the west coast with ours here in the east. BTW: I'm 2 years your senior and enjoying retirement persuing my photography hobby. Good Luck.

Bob (www.pbase.com/rcm1840)
Guest 05-Feb-2004 17:49
I enjoyed you Los Banos series; good framing and focus. A few Questions if you have the time, I know that I'm pretty slow getting to comments on my page so I can expect no more from others. When birding do you hand-hold or use some sort of platform? Secondly I am also in northern California and was wondering what feild guide you perfer for bird identification.
My learning bird shots are athttp://www.pbase.com/brennan/birds_of_the_east_bay and there are a few I have no idea what they are, hence the need for a better feild guide.I find that i can more easily I.D. a photo of a bird than the flitting creatures in the feild.
Thanks, Brennan O'Brien
Tom Grey12-Dec-2003 19:08
Hi zen -- Thanks so much! I emailed you at the last email address I had for you. Hope it arrived. Best, Tom
zen-mouse 06-Dec-2003 16:38
I don't know anything about cameras; I know little about birds; But I know beautiful photographs and yours are stunning--a joy to contemplate. With all of your photos and your incredibly user-friendly site, I'm learning more about birds and cameras each time I visit. Thank you. Forget teaching; Write a series of bird books instead:-)