Bio 1 - nickdunlopphoto


Thank you for visiting my website! I live in Northern California and as you can see I specialize in photographing birds of prey, primarily falcons and eagles. My passion started in high school after I read John and Frank Craighead's book "Hawks in the Hand" and I became interested in both falconry and wildlife photography. While no longer a falconer, my love for raptors has never diminished. Not content with images of captive birds or staged imagery which is prevalent today, I became a student of nature which has led to the images you see here.  

My work has been published in National Wildlife, Audubon and Living Bird Magazines, numerous newspapers and books, both in the United States and Europe. Other clients include the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the USDA, the Peregrine Fund and even the Grateful Dead! My video the "Starling and Falcon Dance" won first prize in the video category of 2017 Nature's Best Photography, Windland Smith Rice International Contest and was on display in 2018 at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History!  Other awards include first place images in the 2005 and 2012 National Wildlife Photo Contests. You will find many of my images on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "Birds of North America" website, the Raptor Research Foundation website, the London Peregrine Partnership website and Coastal Raptors website.

In 2008 I worked with two good friends, Kate Davis and Rob Palmer, to publish the book "Falcons of North America". In 2011, the three of us published another book titled "Raptors of the West" which won honors for Artistic Merit and Design from the National Outdoor Book Awards and the Montana Book of the Year!

I am a Canon and Sony camera user with the Canon 1DX Mark 2 and Sony A9 as my primary still cameras and the Canon C200 as my primary video camera. 

All my images are copyrighted. No unauthorized use of any kind is permitted. My site provides for prints in a number of sizes. Be sure sure to look at the cropping the printer does, you may not want that. I can resize and or crop prints to your specifications, just let me know. Please contact me for editorial uses. The images here are samples of my work. I have many, many more. If you are looking for something different, let me know.

I do not participate in social media like Facebook, Instagram or other sites and do not respond to friend requests through these types of media. If you would  like to communicate with me please use the contact icon.

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