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. "
Marie Read / Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) male perched in pear (Pyrus sp.) blossom, eastern redbud in background, New York, USA. May.
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.
Marie Read / Arctic terns (Sterna paradisaea), two in flight over nesting colony in field of buttercups (Ranunculus sp.), Keflavik, Iceland. Digital canvas expansion.
Marie Read / Common redpoll (Carduelis flammea), male perched in alder (Alnus rugosa) during a snowstorm in winter, New York, USA, January.
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.
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.
Marie Read / Male Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) with beetle larva in beak about to feed two chicks, New York, USA, May.
Marie Read / Common loons (Gavia immer), two adults and chick swimming on a misty lake in early morning, Michigan, USA. June.
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.
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...
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.
Marie Read / Abstract interpretation of Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) at roost during spring migration in March, Rowe Sanctuary, Kearney, Nebraska, USA. March. Long exposure.
Marie Read / Great Egret (Casmerodias / Ardea alba) courtship display, backlit, Orlando, Florida, USA
Marie Read / Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) female preparing to take flight from its perch on a fence, Barrie, Ontario, Canada. February.
Marie Read / Four Cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) feeding on Crabapple (Malus sp) fruit, Ithaca, New York, USA, February.
Marie Read / Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) first year female perched with newly-emerged leaves in spring, New York, USA, May.
Marie Read / Western tanager (Piranga ludoviciana), male perched on aspen branch in spring, Mono Lake Basin, California, USA, May.
Marie Read / Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) male in breeding plumage, singing in spring, New York, USA
Marie Read / Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) holding an acorn in its bill whilst perched on tree stump, with autumn foliage, New York, USA, October.
Marie Read / Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) male perched amid snow-covered branches, New York, USA, February.
Marie Read / Two Black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) in mid-air fight by a sunflower, New York, USA, February
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...
Marie Read / Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) male in breeding plumage perched in Crabapple (Malus sp.) blossom in spring, Ithaca, New York, USA , May.
Marie Read / Loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) on an ice-covered fence after an ice storm, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Texas, USA. January.
Marie Read / Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) male excavating in search of food, New York, USA. Digital composite.
Marie Read / Female Red bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) with acorn in beak, New York, USA, October.
Marie Read / Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) male, at feeding excavation in tree trunk in winter, Freeville, New York, USA, January.
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...
Marie Read / Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), male drumming, long exposure, New York, USA, April.
Marie Read / Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus), male at granary tree showing many acorns stored for winter survival, Orange County, California, USA
Marie Read / Two large Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) chicks near fledging age looking out of nest hole, New York, USA, May.
Marie Read / Hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus) male in snowstorm, Freeville, New York, USA, February.
Marie Read / Golden-fronted woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons), male, Cozad Ranch, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA, March.
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...
Marie Read / Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), male on tree trunk, New York, USA
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.
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.
Marie Read / Common Loon / Great northern diver (Gavia immer) chick riding on adults back on a misty morning, Michigan, USA
Marie Read / Common loon (Gavia immer) adult in breeding plumage, preening in the last light of day, Michigan, USA, June.
Marie Read / Common Loon (Gavia immer) adult in breeding plumage swallowing a large fish, Michigan, USA
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marie Read / Canada geese (Branta canadensis) two during territorial fight in early spring, Ithaca. New York, USA
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.