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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

"Birding, Island Style!" with Vayun Tiwari
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
When people talk of the “Island Lifestyle” they think of Hawaiian shirts, Bermuda shorts and flip-flops. But what if you can be wearing all of those while taking photographs of some cool birds at the same time! That’s the joy of island birding: sun, surf, sand, snorkeling, some widespread species and some endemics. In this talk Vayun will share some of that joy, sharing his pictures and experiences from some Caribbean and other islands. The offshore keys of Belize and the islands in Bahamas like Abaco and New Providence have a fascinating mix of North American and widespread Caribbean species, along with a handful of interesting endemics. Trinidad and Tobgao on the other end are close to the South American mainland and have many typical neotropical birds but also some species mainly restricted to Venezuela and thus hard to get now. We will then travel to the Pacific and share some pictures from the island of Kauai and some endemics from Taiwan.
Vayun is a 14 year old freshman at Harker High School. Besides bird photography, his other interests are playing competitive soccer and playing the trumpet in his high school Jazz Band. While Vayun has been birding with his dad, Vivek Tiwari, for a few years, and has participated in birdathons with the Fledglings, the Santa Clara youth team, he started bird photography during a family trip to the Florida Everglades in 2012. Since then he has also photographed in California, Panama, Peru, Belize, Hawaii, Bahamas and during his most recent trip with his dad to Trinidad and Tobago. He mainly uses a Canon 400/5.6L but recently started using a Canon Mark II 100-400/5.6L. He likes birding because each individual bird is unique in their own way and it is interesting to observe the differences in their habitats and behaviors. And while his dad may still be better at finding birds, Vayun feels he is already better at capturing them, especially action and flight shots.
"Another Way to Tell Stories: Video for Bird Photographers" with Bill Walker
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
 Photographs let us study and appreciate birds at moments frozen in time. A single photograph can capture a moment in bird behavior, habitat, and relationships. Video allows the photographer to capture these over time. Most of our cameras can readily switch between capturing stills and video. In this talk, I’ll discuss the transition from making still images to making sequences of moving images -- camera settings, autofocus, audio recording, and more. I will illustrate these ideas with video stories from Iceland, Galapagos, and the Bay Area.


Program Photos

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Bill Walker
May, 2019

Vayun Tiwari
April, 2019

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