SanCap Audubon Presents Wood Warblers

Bill Heyd

San-Cap Audubon’s own photographer and scientist, Bill Heyd, returns to present his program “Images to Inspire: Wonderful Wood Warblers”, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way.

Join Heyd as he uses his proprietary photographs and related scientific research to delve into the intimate activities of these unique and very different avian species.

Heyd will bring wood warblers to life in pictures and words. They are especially colorful birds particularly during migration and breeding in spring and summer. Small in size they move quickly while foraging in leafy trees or on the ground for caterpillars and insects.

There are 51 species of warblers commonly seen in the U.S. and Canada. Some of the best viewing during spring migration is in hot-spots where large numbers may briefly congregate such as Magee Marsh on the southern shore of Lake Erie.

For about the last 10 years, Heyd has made his own annual migration to Magee in May. Identification of warblers can be by appearance and, for males, by their vocalizations. Through his pictures we will see that males and females of some species have somewhat similar plumage, while in others it is quite different.

Photographing warblers presents its share of challenges. They move quickly and can prove hard to find in the camera view finder darting from sunlight to shade which require quite different exposures.

With a Ph.D. in organic chemistry Heyd spent 30 years with Upjohn and successor companies as a medicinal chemist, patent scientist, research contracts scientist, technology licensing evaluator, and administrator in central nervous system disease research.

Heyd retired from Pfizer in 2003, and in 2009, after several more years consulting, he decided to fully focus his talents and enthusiasm on wildlife, nature and photography. One of Heyd’s earliest memories was when his dad opened his Kodak camera, extended the bellows, set the self-timer and dashed toward the family so that he could be in the picture. How times have changed.

In his work today Heyd uses a Canon EOS1DX SLR which can take up to twelve focused images per second. Bill also prepares for wildlife photography by learning the subjects potential behaviors and utilizing what he calls the three P’s – be prepared, be patient and be persistent.

This is the third of nine Sanibel-Captiva Audubon lectures to be held in 2019 on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. As always, all are welcome to attend. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and parking is available at the Community House as well as across Periwinkle Way in the Herb Strauss Theater parking area.

A $10 donation per attendee is appreciated with proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida. For additional information, call Bill Jacobson at (239) 395-1878 or visit the San-Cap Audubon Web site at http://www.san-capaudubon.org.

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