Member since 23-Aug-09
1125 photos

In 2009, I began taking photographs of the birds around our house in Maine and soon realized how much I had been missing. I needed a better camera with a longer lens.  Even more important though, was developing an awareness of what was going on around me and where to point that lens.  Now, approaching my eightieth birthday, I have really just begun to learn about the natural world.

I've been privileged to see both ends of some amazing long distance migratory flights in Maritime Canada, the southern U.S. and Costa Rica. My close friend Keith Carver and I have spent time with the Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese and many other species in New Mexico.  We've visited the lower Rio Grande Valley and Texas Gulf, both coasts of Florida as well as Quebec and New Brunswick, Canada.

The learning curve has been steep and hopefully I've become a better photographer.  Far more significant however is now I have some idea of the intricacies and interrelationships of everything in the natural world.

The World Wildlife Federation has determined that half the number of wild animals on Earth has been lost in the last forty years.  More concerning is the failure of many world leaders to recognize and deal effectively with the causes.  Species have been exploited, habitat hugely degraded and lost ... and then there's global climate change ... something many of our politicians apparently still doubt.  So when bird species are being wiped out at an accelerating pace, chances are great that all other living things are similarly threatened.  This includes human beings.  

It's important that each of us tries, with increased energy, to follow Wendell Berry's advice to " find something that needs to be done and start doing it."

 

 

 

 


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Address38 Shoreland Drive
Belfast, ME 04915
United States
Daytime phone(207) 218- 1211
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I hope seeing these photographs may cause you to become more interested in birds. Extraordinary birds may be close by ... even in your own backyard. Or if you live in a city, in parks or any green place where they can rest, find food and water and perhaps settle down to build their nests, incubate their eggs and raise their young.

As you learn where to look, you may also become aware of the miracle of migration and the seasons when certain birds may be moving into or just passing through your area.


You will be rewarded by the extraordinary willingness of the birders you meet to share their knowledge. My principal teachers have been Don Reimer; talented writer, observer, listener and bird expert and my friend Keith Carver who has taught me everything I know about bird photography.

In recent years, I've had occasion to work with several young birders. They have inspired me with their knowledge and their acute powers of observation and caused me to want to work with and encourage young people whenever I can.


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Guestbook for Karl Gerstenberger Photography
Mike(non-registered)
Hi Karl and Louisa,

SPECTACULAR work and love your purpose in sharing these images. Keep up the wonderful work and advocacy and enjoy the journey!
Linda Nixon(non-registered)
Beautiful. Your photographs show all the reasons we moved to Maine. Thanks.
Jocelyn Paquette(non-registered)
Love your work and the awareness you bring our beautiful world of birds!
Thanks Karl
Jocelyn Paquette
St. George, Maine
Patrick(non-registered)
Really professional photography! Love it!
Cathy Martin`(non-registered)
Going through your pictures again today as I count the hours to my next visit to Johnson's Mills, NB. It was a pleasure meeting you there. Hope all is well in your "world".
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