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'Ding' Darling bird photography exhibit close to wrapping up

April 25, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Bird photographer David Jeffrey is exhibiting 30 bird images now through April 30 in the Visitor & Education Center auditorium at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

About half of the photos were taken at the refuge.

Jeffrey, an amateur photographer who winters on Captiva, became interested in bird photography in 2010, after retiring from a career in finance. The self-taught photographer took inspiration from Arthur Morris, author of "The Art of Bird Photography."

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Photographer David Jeffrey specializes in close-up portraits of birds.

"I feel a deep connection with the birds I photograph," he said. "I am particularly pleased if the bird is catching food, trying to attract a mate, building a nest, feeding its young, or trying to frighten off a potential rival I am also fond of the portrait-like quality of one or two birds expressing absolute peace. I feel that peace when I photograph them."

For more information, call 239-472-1100 or visit

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel.

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