Art Treatise: A Birder's Photographer

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art treatise a birder’s photographer By Cole Dittmer | Photography by Curtis Krueger Traveling great distances, spending hours lugging camera equipment and staring squinty-eyed into a tree just to shoot birds may seem a bit crazy — but don’t tell that to a birder. Each year Wilmington resident and professional photographer Curtis Krueger’s bird list grows. It has favorite birds and nemesis birds but the thrill of the hunt has him hooked. A career as a professional photographer is something Krueger has pursued for decades, while birding and bird photography is a relatively new calling. The roots of his passion lie deep in his childhood growing up in the woodlands of Michigan where his outdoorsman father introduced him to hunting. “For the first year he made me carry an unloaded shotgun because he wanted to make sure of how I handled the gun,” Krueger says. “At the time it was humiliating but it taught me a lot that I realized later about respect for what things are, and that is where my love of nature came into play.” Five years ago, after completing a seven-year project that involved taking a photo of his elderly neighbor’s chair in all 50 states, Krueger found himself with idle time at his home on the border of Burnt Mill Creek in Colonial Heights near downtown Wilmington. The songbirds in his front yard captured his attention. Yellow-rumped warbler, Greenfield Lake, Wilmington, North Carolina. Great egret, Greenfield Lake, Wilmington, North Carolina. 20 WBM february 2015


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