Nature Photography, Birding and Birdwatching

Welcome! As an accomplished nature photographer and avid birder for over 20 years, I am pleased to be able to share my photographs on this site. Some of these photographs can only be seen on this site, while others are featured in many venues, magazines and web portals, including the American Museum of Natural History who featured some of my Birds in Flight series. Content changes frequently – visit the galleries listed above, and return often.

Helpful Links: Birding - Identifying Birds - Photographing Birds in Flight - Tips and Tricks

Richard Ettlinger

Museum of Natural History Photo Gallery

Nature Photography Gallery Page

New photo gallery page with many new pictures added, and plenty of old favorites. Some of the finest nature photography photos organized in new layout for easy enjoyment. Migrating Warblers! New For Spring 2009!
This is a series of photographs of migrating Warblers with their summer mating plumage in full display. Not only are these photos very rare because of the timing needed to capture these beautiful birds, they are also very tiny and very rarely sit still.

Migrating Warblers

New Swallow Gallery:
Don't miss the Barn Swallows and Tree Swallows spectacularly caught in flight, and feeding their fledglings, in the new Swallows Gallery.

Photographic Evolution:
Also take alook at this series, which compares two Barn Swallow photos taken 5 years apart, and with different equipment, but on the SAME BRANCH of the SAME TREE: A striking comparison:

Barn Swallow Feature Photos

Here I highlight a few photographs from time to time — shots with which I am particularly happy. I can present them in a larger format here than in the regular Favorites Gallery.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird Feature Photos  Kingbird Feature Photo Heron Feature Photo

Welcome to my Nature Photography web site. The galleries include many of my more recent photographs presented with an interface that I hope provides a rewarding browsing and viewing experience. Select shots are presented in gallery collections, representing some of my recent and favorite work, as well as several topical galleries. The gallery presentations do require a Flash capable browser.

From time to time you can see my most current work at

Also be sure to check out my exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, my recently released book, On Feathered Wings: Birds in Flight,” and links to some of my favorite photo sites online.

Digital SLR Solutions featuring interview Other News:
Check out my interview with Sally Grotta in
PC Magazine's
new book Digital SLR Photography Solutions.

We discuss "How to Get the Perfect Wildlife Action Photo"
and "Freezing the Action Shot!!"

The book, written by Sally and Dan Grotta is available now.
Available at

On Feathered Wings Birds In Flight Book Cover

Natural History Museum Exhibit: Open Thru 2009
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., New York, New York.

Natural History Museum Photo Exhibit
Natural History Museum logo
Photographer Richard Ettlinger is being featured by the American Museum of Natural History and Harry N. Abrams Books for his six-year project photographing the beauty of birds in flight. AMNH will display over 30 images in a photo exhibition running through May, 2009.
   These startlingly close-up photographs of birds in flight offer a visual comparison and contrast; while each species exhibits unique behaviors, there is a commonality in their movements. Among the highlights are Ettlinger's images of a female barn swallow feeding her young in midair, a cormorant flying away with a newly caught fish, and a pink roseate spoonbill gliding through the air.
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New York State’s Conservationist Cover Features Merlin Photo
Conservationist magazine cover
Check out the cover of the December issue (link | PDF). My photos accompany the article "Flight Patterns," by Kimberley Corwin.

Popular Photography
Magazine Article – 09/08

Be sure to take a look at my article How to Catch Birds in their Element — Tips for great airborne avian images in the September issue of Popular Photography.

Book Release –
Harry N. Abrams publishing has released “On Feathered Wings: Birds in Flight” book cover
The book is by Richard Ettlinger and features his stunning aerial photographs along with select work from six collaborating photographers who have spent countless hours camping out, donning waders, and lying in wait for the greatest shots of birds doing what they do best: flying!
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