David Leonard

I grew up in central Florida and have been watching birds for as long as I can remember.  As a kid, I spent my free time observing birds and searching for their nests along with lizards, snakes and turtles.  My fascination with birds led me to a career as a wildlife biologist and I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on endangered birds in Florida and Hawaii. I now live in Portland, Oregon, with my wife Holly and three cats (all indoors all the time), where I continue to work in the field of wildlife conservation. The diverse habitats of the Pacific Northwest provide ample opportunities for photography, and Holly and I love to travel, hike, and watch wildlife, especially birds.

I started taking photographs of the natural world in the late 1970s.  Beginning in 2010, I began taking my photography more seriously investing the time and money necessary to obtain high-quality images.  

Capturing behavior indicative of the species I’m photographing is a critical element of my photography as is detailing movement in natural scenes whether its water or lava.  The goal of my photography is to convey the beauty of the natural world so as to inspire people to save the species that remain and the precious bits of habitat that support them.