Member since 23-Aug-09
1331 photos

Three years ago and entering our eighties, we decided to move closer to family in Freeport.  Our house is outside of town but important Portland resources are less than thirty minutes away.  A major worry for me was that bird photography opportunities might be less accessible than they had been in the midcoast.  That concern fortunately turned out to be unnecessary as you will see in the slideshow above.  

Our new neighborhood is surrounded by major wooded areas and a large farm.  As soon as we got here, we began to create and encourage more bird habitat around our house.  We left a substantial part of our two and a half acres in a natural meadow and planted wildflowers, hoping to attract more birds and butterflies.  

Unexpectedly, during the following spring and ever since, the birds have come to us.  They have come in great profusion, with more species than we imagined.  We also began to observe a surprising number of other living things including many beautiful butterflies, insects, and a number of wild animals.

Several neighbors have become interested in what we're doing and have alerted me to visitors in their back yards including a Barred Owl, an active fox den, and accessible nests.

I hope you will enjoy seeing all of this.  It has made us more aware of the interdependence of wild creatures on each other and on us humans living in close proximity to them.  

 

 


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Address4 Bishop Farm Road
Freeport, ME 04032
United States
Daytime phone(207) 869-5777
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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.  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.

WHAT'S NEW IN 2021

Please take a look at my new featured gallery titled "In Greater Detail"  to see what I've been doing lately.  In the last few months, I've been learning to use a camera with more pixels.  A longer zoom lens has helped me choose an appropriate focal length for capturing as much detail as possible under the changing circumstances present in each shooting situation. If I'm not too old to learn how to use this equipment, I'll become more skilled at showing you a level of detail not previously available to me.

Let me know what you think.

 



Featured Galleries & Collections

At Home in Freeport

132 photos
At Home in Freeport

In Greater Detail

30 photos
In Greater Detail

Bird Photography - A Retrospective

111 photos
Bird Photography  - A Retrospective


All Photographs

Blackbirds

23 photos
Blackbirds

Chickadees & Allies

14 photos
Chickadees & Allies

Cranes and Rails

20 photos
Cranes and Rails

Ducks and Geese

67 photos
Ducks and Geese

Eagles and Hawks

53 photos
Eagles and Hawks

Finches

20 photos
Finches

Flycatchers & Vireos

22 photos
Flycatchers & Vireos

Gannets, Pelicans & Cormorants

44 photos
Gannets, Pelicans & Cormorants

Herons & Allies

89 photos
Herons & Allies

Hummingbirds

34 photos
Hummingbirds

Jays, Magpies and Crows

15 photos
Jays, Magpies and Crows

Loons & Grebes

25 photos
Loons & Grebes

Owls

17 photos
Owls

Puffins, Razorbills & Common Murres

30 photos
Puffins, Razorbills & Common Murres

Shorebirds

72 photos
Shorebirds

Seabirds

44 photos
Seabirds

Sparrows

46 photos
Sparrows

Tanagers, Cardinals, Grosbeaks & Allies

50 photos
Tanagers, Cardinals, Grosbeaks & Allies

Thrushes & Allies

34 photos
Thrushes & Allies

Wood Warblers

80 photos
Wood Warblers

Woodpeckers

46 photos
Woodpeckers

Birds of Costa Rica - 2009

64 photos
Birds of Costa Rica - 2009

Other Creatures

75 photos
Other Creatures

Bird Photography - A Retrospective

111 photos
Bird Photography  - A Retrospective

Miscellaneous Avians

18 photos
Miscellaneous Avians

My Maine

56 photos
My Maine

At Home in Freeport

132 photos
At Home in Freeport

In Greater Detail

30 photos
In Greater Detail


Guestbook for Karl Gerstenberger Photography
Cathy Lickteig Makofski(non-registered)
Good Morning,

Looking at your beautiful images, I am struck with the expression on the birds' faces. It's as if they are looking at you, Karl, and saying: "thanks for noticing me. I'm part of your world, too."
Buzz De Vore and Nancy De Vore(non-registered)
WOW Karl, like in a "previous life" your are a master of achieving excellence in all you do. The photos and words of great encouragement to take care of all Gods creatures is so special. Incredibly relaxing for us to "flip" thru. Nancy and I are also blessed with some of these beautiful creations and others that are just ho-hum but all have a place in His kingd0m. We see Rose breasted Gross Beaks every spring and fall, plus a Pileated WP every once in a while and of course Ladder Backs, Finches, and too many others to mention. Of course now we are into the fall humming bird wars before their trip across the Gulf. Good to know all is well with you and Louisa and of course you pass in our conversation often as we remember the Shannon and our day and night aboard. So many memories. Thank you for them.
Blessings for you all and be safe.
Cathy Lickteig(non-registered)
Dear Karl and Louisa (because I know you help),

Your photographs are gorgeous and filled with a sense of wonder and respect for the natural world.

I like your narrative and reference to Wendell Barry: "Find something that needs to be done and start doing it."

It's good to know that you and Louisa are happy living in Freeport, but I miss you!

Time for another lunch.

Enjoy the summer, now that it's here.
Cathy
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.
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