Photographer, research biologist, and Conservancy supporter Bill Duncan is passionate about nature and photography. An avid birder, Bill has undertaken a "Bird Species Project" to document birds he sees in the Ozarks, near his home in St. Louis, and in other locales throughout Missouri.
Bill photographed this pintail duck pair on a cold morning at Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area. If he's able to snap one or two shots that are "keepers," Bill considers it a good day's work.
The brilliant scarlet plumage of this summer tanager make it a favorite among bird watchers and photographers, including Bill! Birding is more than just a hobby; hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. are generated by the birding industry.
Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, where this sedge wren photo was taken, is a great spot for shooting birds. Bill also gets tips from friends, his flickr followers, and online for great bird-watching sites.
The trumpeter swan of literary fame is the heaviest bird in North America and, on average, the largest waterfowl species on the planet. Bill saw this flock at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
Yellow warblers breed in Missouri, typically in late spring, and spend their winters as far south as Bolivia. Bill spotted this warbler at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
Dickcissels are a grassland species often seen at the Conservancy's Dunn Ranch Prairie. Bill took this bird's portrait at Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area.
Bill has photographed this same red-shouldered hawk's nest for several seasons. This year, three chicks (one isn't visible in this photo) survived to adulthood. Sticking its feet out of the nest is helping the chick on the left stay cool.
Bill captured a shot of Missouri's state bird, the eastern blue bird, on a winter day at Shaw Nature Reserve. Blue birds prefer to live in meadows surrounded by trees.
Bill photographed this prothonotary warbler while it was summering at Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area. Logging and drainage of wetlands in the bird's wintering grounds, especially in the mangroves of Panama, is harming the prothonotary warbler population.
Bill's photo of this scissor-tailed flycatcher shows off the bird's very long tail, which make it a distinctive sight for even an amateur bird watcher. Bird watching is important for the U.S. economy; in 2006, an estimated $35.7 billion was spent on birding-related expenses.
This Northern Shrike, which Bill photographed at Broemmelsiek Park, is a great hunter. The bird often stores its prey by impaling it on the thorns of trees.
Bald eagles fight over a fish in Clarksville, Missouri. Like hunting and fishing, Bill finds that shots like this take a lot of patience.
An indigo bunting rests at Shaw Nature Reserve, one of Bill's favorite bird-watching spots. Buntings and other migratory birds depend on Ozarks forests for breeding and nesting grounds.