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Published in March 2019 by Rocky Nook, Marie Read's latest book explores the techniques of successful bird photography and is beautifully illustrated with more than 400 of Marie's superb images of North American birds. We asked Marie why she decided to write the book and this was her answer:
"I decided to write Mastering Bird Photography for several reasons. First was a purely personal desire to leave a legacy that would showcase my images, as I move toward the end of my career. Second, I wanted to address people’s curiosity about what it takes to capture great bird images. This book is my way of gathering all those backstories in one place. Finally, I wanted to show that, in the still very male-dominated field of bird photography, a woman can produce a book of substance on the topic, a book that gives equal weight to field craft, artistry and creativity as well as to equipment and technique. "

To find out more, read our new blog post about Marie's book.
Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) male perched in pear (Pyrus sp.) blossom, eastern redbud in background, New York, USA. May. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) male perched in pear (Pyrus sp.) blossom, eastern redbud in background, New York, USA. May.
Abstract patterns of reflected sky and clouds on the ocean with a silhouetted Red-faced cormorant (Phalarocorax urile) in flight, St. Paul Island, Pribilof Islands, Alaska, USA, July. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Abstract patterns of reflected sky and clouds on the ocean with a silhouetted Red-faced cormorant (Phalarocorax urile) in flight, St. Paul Island, Pribilof Islands, Alaska, USA, July.
Arctic terns (Sterna paradisaea), two in flight over nesting colony in field of buttercups (Ranunculus sp.), Keflavik, Iceland. Digital canvas expansion. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Arctic terns (Sterna paradisaea), two in flight over nesting colony in field of buttercups (Ranunculus sp.), Keflavik, Iceland. Digital canvas expansion.
Common redpoll (Carduelis flammea), male perched in alder (Alnus rugosa) during a snowstorm in winter, New York, USA, January. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Common redpoll (Carduelis flammea), male perched in alder (Alnus rugosa) during a snowstorm in winter, New York, USA, January.
Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) male calling and displaying, backlit, showing steamy breath on a chilly spring morning, Ithaca, New York, USA, April. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) male calling and displaying, backlit, showing steamy breath on a chilly spring morning, Ithaca, New York, USA, April.
American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), closeup of individual feeding by using its chisel-shaped bill to pry open shellfish, Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, March. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), closeup of individual feeding by using its chisel-shaped bill to pry open shellfish, Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, March.
Male Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) with beetle larva in beak about to feed two chicks, New York, USA, May. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Male Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) with beetle larva in beak about to feed two chicks, New York, USA, May.
Common loons (Gavia immer), two adults and chick swimming on a misty lake in early morning, Michigan, USA. June. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Common loons (Gavia immer), two adults and chick swimming on a misty lake in early morning, Michigan, USA. June.
Viera Wetlands at sunrise with Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in the foreground. This man-made wetland forms part of Brevard County's water treatment system in central Florida, USA. March. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Viera Wetlands at sunrise with Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in the foreground. This man-made wetland forms part of Brevard County's water treatment system in central Florida, USA. March.
Wilson's Phalaropes (Phalaropus tricolor) flock flying over tufa formations at Mono Lake in late summer, with reflection, California, USA. July 2013. Mono Lake is an important staging site for sho... - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Wilson's Phalaropes (Phalaropus tricolor) flock flying over tufa formations at Mono Lake in late summer, with reflection, California, USA. July 2013. Mono Lake is an important staging site for sho...
Horned puffins (Fratercula corniculata), one landing with outspread wings, to join its mate on cliff ledge, St. Paul Island, Pribilofs, Alaska, USA, July. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Horned puffins (Fratercula corniculata), one landing with outspread wings, to join its mate on cliff ledge, St. Paul Island, Pribilofs, Alaska, USA, July.
Abstract interpretation of Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) at roost during spring migration in March, Rowe Sanctuary, Kearney, Nebraska, USA. March. Long exposure. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Abstract interpretation of Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) at roost during spring migration in March, Rowe Sanctuary, Kearney, Nebraska, USA. March. Long exposure.
Great Egret (Casmerodias / Ardea alba) courtship display, backlit, Orlando, Florida, USA - Marie Read
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Marie Read / Great Egret (Casmerodias / Ardea alba) courtship display, backlit, Orlando, Florida, USA
Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) female preparing to take flight from its perch on a fence, Barrie, Ontario, Canada. February. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) female preparing to take flight from its perch on a fence, Barrie, Ontario, Canada. February.
Four Cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) feeding on Crabapple (Malus sp) fruit, Ithaca, New York, USA, February. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Four Cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) feeding on Crabapple (Malus sp) fruit, Ithaca, New York, USA, February.
Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) first year female perched with newly-emerged leaves in spring, New York, USA, May. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) first year female perched with newly-emerged leaves in spring, New York, USA, May.
Western tanager (Piranga ludoviciana), male perched on aspen branch in spring, Mono Lake Basin, California, USA, May. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Western tanager (Piranga ludoviciana), male perched on aspen branch in spring, Mono Lake Basin, California, USA, May.
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) male in breeding plumage, singing in spring, New York, USA - Marie Read
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Marie Read / Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) male in breeding plumage, singing in spring, New York, USA
Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) holding an acorn in its bill whilst perched on tree stump, with autumn foliage, New York, USA, October. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) holding an acorn in its bill whilst perched on tree stump, with autumn foliage, New York, USA, October.
Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) male perched amid snow-covered branches, New York, USA, February. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) male perched amid snow-covered branches, New York, USA, February.
Two Black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) in mid-air fight by a sunflower, New York, USA, February - Marie Read
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Marie Read / Two Black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) in mid-air fight by a sunflower, New York, USA, February
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) male perched in marsh vegetation (Phragmites) in foreground. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, view toward east, with Wasatch Mountains in dista... - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) male perched in marsh vegetation (Phragmites) in foreground. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, view toward east, with Wasatch Mountains in dista...
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) male in breeding plumage perched in Crabapple (Malus sp.) blossom in spring, Ithaca, New York, USA , May. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) male in breeding plumage perched in Crabapple (Malus sp.) blossom in spring, Ithaca, New York, USA , May.
Loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) on an ice-covered fence after an ice storm, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Texas, USA. January. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) on an ice-covered fence after an ice storm, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Texas, USA. January.
Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) male excavating in search of food, New York, USA. Digital composite. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) male excavating in search of food, New York, USA. Digital composite.
Female Red bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) with acorn in beak, New York, USA, October. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Female Red bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) with acorn in beak, New York, USA, October.
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) male, at feeding excavation in tree trunk in winter, Freeville, New York, USA, January. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) male, at feeding excavation in tree trunk in winter, Freeville, New York, USA, January.
Red-breasted sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) adult feeding on tree sap from shallow wells it has drilled in bark of Curl-leaf Mountain-mahogany (Cercocarpus ledifoius), Lee Vining Canyon, California, US... - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Red-breasted sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) adult feeding on tree sap from shallow wells it has drilled in bark of Curl-leaf Mountain-mahogany (Cercocarpus ledifoius), Lee Vining Canyon, California, US...
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), male drumming, long exposure, New York, USA, April. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), male drumming, long exposure, New York, USA, April.
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus), male at granary tree showing many acorns stored for winter survival, Orange County, California, USA - Marie Read
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Marie Read / Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus), male at granary tree showing many acorns stored for winter survival, Orange County, California, USA
Two large Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) chicks near fledging age looking out of nest hole, New York, USA, May. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Two large Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) chicks near fledging age looking out of nest hole, New York, USA, May.
Hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus) male in snowstorm, Freeville, New York, USA, February. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus) male in snowstorm, Freeville, New York, USA, February.
Golden-fronted woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons), male, Cozad Ranch, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA, March. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Golden-fronted woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons), male, Cozad Ranch, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA, March.
Red-headed woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus), pair fighting with European Starling  (Sturnus vulgaris) that is trying to take over the woodpeckers' nest hole, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge... - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Red-headed woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus), pair fighting with European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) that is trying to take over the woodpeckers' nest hole, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge...
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), male on tree trunk, New York, USA - Marie Read
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Marie Read / Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), male on tree trunk, New York, USA
Male Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) excavating nest cavity, tossing wood chips out of nest hole in tree trunk, Lansing, New York, USA, May. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Male Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) excavating nest cavity, tossing wood chips out of nest hole in tree trunk, Lansing, New York, USA, May.
Western grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) adult with begging chick riding on its back, peeking out from behind adult's neck, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah, USA, May. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Western grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) adult with begging chick riding on its back, peeking out from behind adult's neck, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah, USA, May.
Common Loon / Great northern diver (Gavia immer) chick riding on adults back on a misty morning, Michigan, USA - Marie Read
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Marie Read / Common Loon / Great northern diver (Gavia immer) chick riding on adults back on a misty morning, Michigan, USA
Common loon (Gavia immer) adult in breeding plumage, preening in the last light of day, Michigan, USA, June. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Common loon (Gavia immer) adult in breeding plumage, preening in the last light of day, Michigan, USA, June.
Common Loon (Gavia immer) adult in breeding plumage swallowing a large fish, Michigan, USA - Marie Read
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Marie Read / Common Loon (Gavia immer) adult in breeding plumage swallowing a large fish, Michigan, USA
Western Grebe (Aechmorphus occidentalis), pair during 'rushing' courtship display in which they run across water's surface in synchrony, near Escondido, California, USA, January. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Western Grebe (Aechmorphus occidentalis), pair during 'rushing' courtship display in which they run across water's surface in synchrony, near Escondido, California, USA, January.
Clark's grebes (Aechmophorus clarkii) courting pair performing the 'Weed Ceremony' in which they slowly circle breast to breast holding pond weed as nesting material, Lake Hodges, Escondid... - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Clark's grebes (Aechmophorus clarkii) courting pair performing the 'Weed Ceremony' in which they slowly circle breast to breast holding pond weed as nesting material, Lake Hodges, Escondid...
Eared grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), adult in breeding plumage, swimming amidst Water crowfoot flowers, (Ranunculus aquatilis) flowers, Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Montana, USA, July. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Eared grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), adult in breeding plumage, swimming amidst Water crowfoot flowers, (Ranunculus aquatilis) flowers, Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Montana, USA, July.
Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis), adult feeds a damselfly nymph to one of two chicks riding on its back, Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge, Montana, USA, June. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis), adult feeds a damselfly nymph to one of two chicks riding on its back, Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge, Montana, USA, June.
Bird photographers line up at sunrise to photograph mass takeoffs of overwintering Snow geese (Chen caerulescens), Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, USA. December 2017. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Bird photographers line up at sunrise to photograph mass takeoffs of overwintering Snow geese (Chen caerulescens), Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, USA. December 2017.
Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) large flock in pool at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge with setting full moon at sunrise in December, New Mexico, USA. December. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) large flock in pool at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge with setting full moon at sunrise in December, New Mexico, USA. December.
Canada geese (Branta canadensis) two during territorial fight in early spring, Ithaca. New York, USA - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Canada geese (Branta canadensis) two during territorial fight in early spring, Ithaca. New York, USA
Common mergansers (Mergus merganser) family, female swimming with seventeen ducklings, some of which are riding on her back, Lansing, New York, USA, June. - Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Common mergansers (Mergus merganser) family, female swimming with seventeen ducklings, some of which are riding on her back, Lansing, New York, USA, June.
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