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Bay Area Bird Photographers

Bay Area Bird Photographers (BABP) is a club founded by members of SCVAS. Programs are open to the public and feature an engaging presentation by a member or guest showcasing bird photography from around the world and close to home.

Support BABP

BABP is supported by SCVAS and sponsored by the Recreation-Open Space and Science Division of the City of Palo Alto. While BABP no longer requires yearly dues, we ask that you become a supporting member of SCVAS to continue your support of BABP.

Yahoo Group

Join the Bay Area Bird Photographers Yahoo Group to receive the latest photography news and to participate in discussions. This is a closed group so you must send an email request to join to

Program Time and Location

Unless otherwise indicated, programs are held:
First Wednesday of the month, September through May
7:30 to 9:00 PM


Location: Embarcadero Room, Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd, Palo Alto, CA


Directions: From Highway 101 (North and South) take the Embarcadero Road West exit (northbound travelers turn left; southbound travelers turn right). Drive through three lights and turn right on Newell at the fourth light. The library is the second building on the right, just past the Cultural Center.

Upcoming Programs

"The Lowdown on Getting High in Columbia" with Bob Lewis
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Description: Three trips to Colombia focused on bird photography resulted in tanager and hummingbird images by the dozen.  Over some challenging roads we’ll explore the mountain ranges, including Santa Marta, as well as the valleys, stopping for a cup of coffee along the way.  Colombia has more species of birds than any other country, and sorting through them can be challenging.  We’ll keep to the prettiest and most interesting on our overview of Colombia’s avian species.

Bob trained as a chemist and worked for Chevron for 33 years.  He’s taught birding classes in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years and is the past chair of Golden Gate Audubon’s Adult Education Committee.   His life bird list is 19 short of 5000 species, and he loves to travel.  He’s an award-winning photographer, focusing on birds, and he has recently returned from Australia and New Guinea.  Bob was honored with GGAS’ Paul Covel Award for Education in 2017.


"Iceland and South Texas with Alan Murphy and Greg Downing" with Richard Rhudy
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
 In February of 2017 and July of 2018 Roberta and I attended two workshops conducted by Alan Murphy and Greg Downing who are amazing photographers and great teachers. Aside from showing some of my favorite images from these two trips, I will describe some of the methods they used to help assure that we were able to achieve the best photographs possible. Alan focuses solely on birds and has developed an interesting technique for capturing small birds in flight. As part of the presentation, I will illustrate this technique. These were two of the best workshops that I have attended. The target birds for the Texas workshop included the Green Jay, Crested Caracara, and the Pyrrhuloxia while the Iceland trip was focused primarily on the Atlantic Puffin.


Program Photos

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Richard Rhudy
November, 2018

Bob Lewis
October, 2018

Vivek Khanzodé
May, 2018


Doug Cheeseman
April, 2018



Mark Rauzon
March, 2018


Dorian Anderson
February, 2018

Harjeet Singh
January, 2018

Charlie Ryan
December, 2017

Julio Mulero
November, 2017

Mike Danzenbaker and Lee Hung   
October, 2017


Richard and Roberta Rhudy
May, 2017


John Richardson
April, 2017


Bob Lewis
March, 2017


Peter Hart
February, 2017


Phoo Chan
January, 2017


Vivek Khanzodé
December, 2016

Jeffrey Rich
November, 2016

Doug Cheeseman
October, 2016