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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

"Madagascar's Photogenic Wildlife" with Doug Cheeseman

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Description: Madagascar has some of the highest biodiversity on Earth and some of the most cooperative and photographical endemics, especially among the mammals, that you can find anywhere on the planet! It’s a wildlife photographer’s paradise with so many species of lemurs, birds, chameleons and other reptiles, even charming colorful insects. Each geographic area is unique with a different set of wildlife, some with closest relatives from Africa and some from the South Pacific, South America and elsewhere. 



Gail and I began taking groups to Madagascar in 1990 when lodging was nonexistent in some of the best wildlife hotspots and vehicles hardly had rubber on the tires. The changes are amazing with lovely lodges and excellent cars now on our trip last Aug/Sept. Over the years with tourism, protected wildlife became habituated to people in the parks and reserves. Excellent resident guides (thanks to the successful naturalist training programs) are readily available, which makes for good photo ops just knowing what will be where when. The Perinet area (Andasibe-Mantadia NP) alone has over 100 resident guides. I have gathered photos mostly from our most recent trip taken by myself and my generous fellow travelers who have contributed to this presentation. I’ll cover a wide range of wildlife from Perinet and Masoala in rainforest habitat to Ampijoroa (Ankarafantsika NP) in deciduous forests to Ifaty and Breathy in the southern spiny desert regions.


"Birds and Wildlife of Patagonia and Antarctica" with Vivek Khanzodé

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Description: Few places on the planet compare to Antarctica. Antarctica is a land of extremes. It is the coldest, driest and the most remote continent on the planet. It also has the highest average elevation of any continent and has no known terrestrial trees. This unique place was high on our list of places to visit for several years and we finally visited last year. It is a heaven for landscape and nature photographers. From crossing of the Drake's Passage, to sailing through the Beagle Channel, this trip had a lot of firsts for us. Before boarding the ship, we visited the Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) National Park in Argentina and were lucky enough to see our most desired birds. In Antarctica we saw many species of interest. On our return, we were lucky enough to spot several pelagic species in the Southern Ocean. Our trip took us to Torres del Paine next where we saw the iconic Pumas of Torres del Paine. We also photographed the beautiful landscapes, wildlife and birds. I will present photographs of the landscapes, wildlife, birds and the environs hoping to give the viewers a sense of the places we visited.


Program Photos

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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

Vivek Tiwari
May, 2016

Tom Ingram
April, 2016

Mark Rauzon
March, 2016

David Cardinal
February, 2016