I'm creating notecards and 8x10 photos as premiums for people who have donated on my Go Fund Me campaign at appropriate levels. I have over 20,000 photos on Flickr, which can be a little overwhelming. Here are some choices:
This isn't a photo: it's the drawing that Jeff Sonstegard did of my education nighthawk Fred for my first book (For the Birds: An Uncommon Guide). I bought the rights to it from Jeff when the book came out.
Here is the most adorable bird in the universe, the Cuban Tody. People who donate $5 or more are getting a 4x6 print, but I'll get notecards made of this, too.
This isn't just ANY chickadee. This is my special guy--the chickadee who had an overgrown beak and was also missing its three front toes on its right foot. He nested across the street from me and successfully raised at least 5 chicks. (I watched three of them fledge!)
And this isn't just any Great Blue Heron: This is "Dad," the wonderful male who built the nest in the pond outside the Cornell Lab of Ornithology while I was working there--the same male who raised five babies in that same nest in view of the cam in 2012, 2013, and 2014. This is the last photo I took of him, in spring 2015.
I have several Turkey Vulture photos, but something about this one appeals to me. He or she didn't seem to mind me photographing him/her in the least.
I have no idea how to choose a photo of Pip. Here are a couple of possibilities.
Here's a friendly guy from Florida.
This isn't just any Boreal Owl--it's the one I saw on Superb Owl Sunday with my husband Russ during my Conservation Big Year. Russ didn't get to go out with me at all that year except that one day.
I took this on Machias Seal Island during my Big Year.
THIS is the photo that made me, officially, a National Geographic photographer. It appears in the book I wrote for them, the National Geographic Pocket Guide to North American Birds.
Some adorable little children discovered this perfect little nest right near the Magee Marsh boardwalk.
If you have other suggestions for choices for prints or notecards, let me know.