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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

"Uganda Wonderland" with Mark Rauzon

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Description: “What amazing sight will we see today?” That was our mantra as we awoke every morning of our 23-day custom birding safari for my wife and I with Crammy Wanyama of Avian Safaris. The numbers alone are amazing, in driving 2200 km over 23 days, Crammy got me onto 200 species of birds to photographs, while over 500 species were seen during our trip, including 9 species of giant hornbills, 12 species of kingfishers, 7 sightings of the iconic Shoebills. We encountered 57 species of mammals, with 14 species of primates, including 21 gorillas and 16 chimps, tons and tons of hippos (not that many really), and white rhino calf wallowing with a tremendously horned rhino mother. If I had to pick a peak experience, it would be a night drive in the savannah of Murchinson Falls Park, shining our torchlights over the herds of resting antelopes, hoping to catch the eyeshine of the Pennant Nightjars, and seeing the streamer-winged birds take off in the light and flutter into the night like giant moths- although, visiting a Crowned Eagle nest after tracking the Green-breasted Pitta comes close.



"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.


Program Photos

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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