The website of David Gluckman Photography 


“Birdartography” is a term used to describe the fast growing field of bird photographs as works of art and the art of bird photography in producing them. It’s a more specialized art form than many and owes it’s genesis to photographers like Arthur Morris who uses the term “Birds as Art” in the titles of two of his books. It covers not only the quality of the physical image but it’s creation as a work of art from the natural world. The images should evoke an emotion in the viewer that adds to the appreciation of the subject matter and encourages the viewer to join a movement for a better appreciation of the natural environment.

       David Gluckman is an outdoor and wildlife photographer, retired environmental lawyer, author of books on bicycling and kayaking and a Certified Bird Field Trip Leader for Admiralty Audubon Society. He has taught Bird Identification and Bird Photography at Peninsula College in Port Townsend, Washington. He also lectures on photography and bird identification at numerous venues around the State of Washington. He has been photographing nature and wildlife for over 40 years and his photographs have been printed in publications nationwide. Some of his publications include:

        The Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Guidebook, Florida, published by Globe-Pequot Press, November 2000, pp. 140. Sea Kayaking in Florida- First edition 1995, and Second Edition, with Mark Gluckman, published by Pineapple Press, September 2004, pp. 205. He has also published numerous magazine articles in journals such as the Florida Audubon Naturalist, Mother Earth News, New Shelter Magazine, Canoe Magazine, Seattle Times and the Florida Bar Journal. In addition, he was the cycling columnist for the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper from 1997 to 2003 and legislative columnist for the Florida Wildlife News and Trailblazer Magazines from 1997 to 2005. 



Bird Photography Ethics

A reminder to all who choose to photograph birds – you are responsible for your actions and should conduct yourself in a manner that respects the birds you take images of as well as the lands you travel. Please observe a few simple rules of behavior as you go about your craft. If your actions are causing the bird to react in a way that might cause it danger or interfere in a negative way with its normal living routine, back off and approach in a different way or not at all. Respect its space. This includes getting too close in places it can’t retreat easily or using artificial attractors like recorded calls or continual “pishing” that may cause it to leave a nest undefended or place it in a situation where it is more susceptible to predators. These rules of behavior are particularly important if the subject is endangered or threatened. 

Walk lightly upon the land. Don’t go on private land without permission and take care of public land as if it were your own. Leave as little evidence of your passing as possible. The less you alter the lands you walk, the greater number of birds that might still be there for the next photographer. 

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