Birds by Bird: Avians of the Northeast

UPDATE: Congratulations to the winner of my raffle, Connor Stone!! We raised $155 in just one week for the Coalition for Black Trans Economic Liberation. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

This month, I am excited to be releasing my first series of photos, a set I call “Birds by Bird.” This set is a collection of my favorite wildlife photography featuring various birds, including geese, hawks, and seagulls, all from the last couple of years. All the photos were taken in various locations throughout the Northeast. More details are available about each image in the blog post below. 

To celebrate the release of this set of images, I am raffling off the whole set as a fundraiser to benefit the Coalition for Black Trans Economic Liberation this week. To enter, follow the instructions below.

$5 per ticket, or 5 tickets for $20. Each ticket gets you 1 entry into the raffle, and the winner will receive all four prints!

  • Venmo: @Madeline-Bird
  • Cashapp: $madbird
  • Paypal:
  • PLEASE INCLUDE IN THE MEMO: Your name, email address, and the memo “Raffle”

I can ship anywhere in the US, no international shipping at this time, unfortunately. I will choose the winner in 1 week, Monday, October 19th at 5:00 PM. Good luck!

North Philly Hawk

Hawk Photographed in North Philadelphia near Temple University
Hawk photographed in North Philadelphia near Temple University

I captured this image of a hawk enjoying an afternoon snack from the window of my 3rd story walk-up in North Philly back in January of 2018. It was a very chilly, foggy day at the end of the month, and this bird seemed relieved to have found a quiet place to rest. Even in the city there is wildlife to be found!

This photo is particularly significant to me, because it was one of my first shots taken on my 55-200mm lense. This was my first time purchasing and using a long-range lense, and I was blown away by how much detail I could get from so far away!

The rest of the photos in this series were also taken with my 55-200mm lens, and wouldn’t have been possible without it. My wildlife photos took an incredible turn for the better as soon as I started shooting with this lens.

Seagulls at Corson’s Inlet State Park

Seagull at the Shore
Seagull shot at Corson’s Inlet State Park
Seagull photographed at Corson's Inlet State Park
Grey Gull at the Jersey Shore

The next two photos in the series were shot at Corson’s Inlet State Park in the summer of 2019. Take a look at these, and more photos from this particular trip, in a previous blog post: Corson’s Inlet State Park.

I took both of these photos during a short, afternoon excursion, but I love them because of the way they each show motion, in different ways. The first shot is crisp and clear, and the bird looks suspended in mid-air. The sharp colors of the gull’s feathers contrast with the deep blue background.

The second shot displays motion more abruptly, because of the motion blur evident on the seagull itself, and in the waves in the background. This image is less peaceful than the first, and includes the tumultuousness of the ocean against the backdrop of the sky. I also love the colors on this gull; it’s grey and speckled, not perfectly white, so it almost blends into the colors of the ocean behind it.

Geese Over the Susquehanna River

Geese flying in V formation over the Susquehanna River
Geese Flying South along the Susquehanna

The final photo in the series is one of my favorite shots of all time. I took it in early October 2018 at Susquehanna State Park in Havre du Grace, Maryland. The autumn colors were out in full force, as you can see in the trees behind the geese. This photo is another one where you can see the motion in the image; the geese look like they could fly right off the print and into your house! (They won’t, don’t worry.)

I hope you enjoy my set of images! Please consider purchasing a raffle ticket towards by fundraiser to benefit Black, trans members of the community in Philadelphia. And stay tuned for the next series!

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