Bird photographer keeps focus close to home

Dan Logan's photo of a vigilant snowy owl near the Westport River. Dan Logan's photo of a vigilant snowy owl near the Westport River.

Dan Logan's photo of a vigilant snowy owl near the Westport River.

Dan Logan’s photo of a vigilant snowy owl near the Westport River.

The Paskamansett Bird Club’s next monthly meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb., 12, at the Community Hall of Friends Meeting in South Dartmouth. Dan Logan will share his images of birds he photographed in Bristol County in 2013.

Mr. Logan, a freelance writer and photographer from Fairhaven, began the year intending to travel throughout the state to photograph birds, but he soon found himself intrigued by the variety of avian species he was finding in his own Bristol County.

Participants in the popular Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird web site have recorded more than 320 species of birds in Bristol County. In 2013, more than 270 species were recorded; Mr. Logan photographed 230 of these species in the county in 2013.

Learning about birds in the area has also led Mr. Logan to discover Bristol County locations he’d never visited.

“I grew up in Fairhaven, but moved out of the area for 35 years and didn’t return until I was in my mid-fifties,” he says. His interest in bird photography led him to the nooks and crannies of his hometown where birds could be found, as well as to such county birding hotspots as Gooseberry Neck and Horseneck Beach, the Freetown State Forest, and Acushnet River View Park.

Friends, including wildlife biologist Paul Champlin, Fairhaven Library director Carolyn Longworth, the father-and-son birding team Henry and Dan Zimberlin, Dartmouth birders Alice Morgan and Bev King, and photographer Myer Bornstein, introduced him to new species and new locations.

Mr. Logan will share the stories behind the photographs and talk about the challenges of photographing birds in flight and birds that prefer not to be seen.

His images range from the ubiquitous double-crested cormorant and ring-billed gull, to such less frequently seen species as the roseate tern, black skimmer, red-headed woodpecker, Cape May warbler, Nelson’s sparrow and thick-billed murre.

The meeting at 739 Horseneck Road is free, open to the public, and accessible.

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