The beauty and wonder of birds can often be experienced through photographs and videos.  Bird photography is a rewarding challenge, with skills and techniques that differ from other forms of image capture due to the unique nature of birds.  The fast movements, cryptic coloration, and small size of birds require patience and practice, but can create treasured gifts for us all!  Below are some resources for both novice and experienced bird photographers. 

Learning About Bird Photography

Albuquerque Open Space Division

Learn to Photograph Wildlife – Hands-on Workshops
Various dates between August 2nd and November 6, 2024

Festival of the Cranes

Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge
Annually in December
Photography workshops on-line and in person – fees vary

National Audubon Society

Tips, videos and articles on bird photography techniques, gear and ethics

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

On-line photography courses – fees vary


A videography tutorial by one of our members, Steve Siegel: CLICK HERE

Bird/Wildlife Photography Contests

Festival of the Cranes/Bosque del Apache Photo Contest

Annually beginning in July

National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest

Annually beginning in January

National Audubon Photography Awards

Annually beginning in January

New Mexico Magazine Photography Contest/Animals

Annually beginning in July

Bird Photography on Facebook

NM Bird Photography:
Birding–Arizona and The Southwest:
Birding New Mexico: