About Richard Ettlinger
I've been an avid birder for over 20 years and have also a great passion for photography. A number of years ago, I coupled both passions and started taking photographs of these beautiful creatures. It has now become my obsession to create the most unique images of wildlife in its natural environment.
From my home on Long Island, NY, I am currently pioneering techniques and creating worldwide interest in action-flight bird photography. My current quest is to photograph "the most unique action images of birds in their natural environment."
Between shooting expeditions I am doing the research in ornithology essential to "getting inside the mind of a bird." This is an all-too overlooked preparation process: Birds are a lot smarter than we think; They have no trouble outmaneuvering humans who know nothing of their patterns and habits.
My photography has appeared in Nature's Best Honors in the Wildlife category and Birders World, most recently in December 2006. The barn swallow shot was voted one of the Best shots taken in the past 20 years of the magazine's history. I was interviewed for the book "PC Magazines Digital SLR Solutions" by Sally Grotta, discussing how to get the perfect Action Flight Bird photography shot, and I am currently planning a series of valuable bird photography books.
The images on this site are just a sampling from the thousands of images I've shot. Please don't hesitate to contact me to inquire whether I have any shots of a specific species, I will be happy to reply immediately. I plan on having a full catalog available for downloading in the future.
Use of Images: Licensing & Prints
My photos are available for various uses. All photos are available as custom prints or on canvas, and as stock for publication. Photograph requests for publication use will be answered IMMEDIATELY. Images can be sent as digital files on CD, via FTP or email. All images are photographed in the highest quality digital format. Please contact me for permission and pricing.
Equipment Used (links open manufacturer and product pages in a new window)
Canon EOS-1D Mark II N body
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
Nikon D300 body
AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED
Olympus E-1 body
Zuiko 300mm f/2.8 Digital Lens
Zuiko 90-250mm f/2.8 Pro ED Digital Lens
Fight Photography workshops and classrooms will be available later this year!
I would be happy to consider speaking to your club/society meetings or participate in workshops that teaches your membership in the improvement of their photographic skills. Please email me with your details, and I will be happy to reply quickly.
Thank you for visiting my web site, and please continue to return periodically as we plan to make frequent updates to it.