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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

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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

Schedule change! New presentation: "Birds of Brazil's Atlantic Forest" with Yamil Saenz
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Description: Brazil, the fifth largest nation in the world, is one of the planet’s richest places for avian diversity and endemism. Among the distinctive Brazilian habitats, the Atlantic Forest also known as Mata Atlântica stands by itself. The incredibly large number of birds and different species is one of the most notable features of this region. The many distinct habitats harbor at least 927 bird species.
On September 2018, I organized a 12-day exploratory trip to this spectacular region. This South American forest extends along the Atlantic coast of Brazil from Rio Grande do Norte state to Rio Grande do Sul state, and inland as far as Paraguay and the Misiones Province of Argentina, where the region is known as Selva Misionera.
Despite having been deforested to the extent that only 7% of its original expanse remains, this forest still it is one of the most diverse biomes in the world and one of the most threatened.
During this trip, I visited several hotspots between "the Marvelous City" of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, the largest city in the western hemisphere. Surprisingly, I found more bird species here than in any of my previous trips to the Neotropics.
"Southern Arizona Bird Photography and Hotspots" with Tom Ingram
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Description: Over the last few years Southern Arizona became one of my personal favorite locations for seasonal bird photography. Spring attracts warblers to the higher elevations of Mount Lemmon, such as the Red-faced Warbler and Grace’s Warbler, the Elf Owls can be seen nesting in Saguaro Cactus; Scott's Oriole can be found in Madera Canyon within the Santa Rita Mountains; and several species of Hummingbirds can be found throughout the area.  
In the winter, I enjoy the area as the crowds of people have died down, yet you can still find a lot of the local specialty birds, such as the Arizona Woodpecker, Gila Woodpecker, Mexican Jay and if you’re lucky a Montezuma Quail. During this presentation, I will share a wide variety of birds I have photographed throughout the year, provide some of my favorite locations, and suggest the best places to find lodging. In addition to birds, I will also mix in a few manuals, such as Pallid Bats photographed at Elephant Head Pond.


Program Photos

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Tom Ingram
March, 2019

Yamil Saenz
February, 2019

Bob Gunderson
January, 2019

Luis Villablanca
December, 2018

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