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Red-winged blackbirds, Pocosin Lakes Wildlife Refuge, Inner Banks, North Carolina. I’ve got the blind … by the end of it you have thousands of dollars of equipment in your hands just to take photos of little birds.” Combining bird photography with birding has also proved a challenge, but so far Krueger has managed to identify and count 350 bird species in a couple of years. “You don’t always get a really long look at a bird to be able to identify it,” he says. “Being a photographer, my birding is actually a lot slower than other birders because I really want a photo of it, not just count it and move on.” To differentiate his work from other bird photographers, Krueger has begun using his extensive experience in photo edit-ing to manipulate bird images to make more arty compositions. Layering a variety of elements from different photos on top of each other, Krueger produces an image with a silhouetted bird and colorful, more abstract backgrounds. 27 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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