What do western scrub-jay, California quail, yellow-rumped warblers, hooded orioles, and Allen’s hummingbirds all have in common? Yes, they are all are native to the Santa Monica Mountains, but these birds and others have also visited Mathew Tekulsky’s Los Angeles backyard, where he keeps tabs on them with his camera.
Thirty of his photos will be on display at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center starting July 2. The photos are from his book Backyard Bird Photography.
“My goal in bird photography is to elicit an emotional response in the viewer by bringing out the personality of the birds,” says Tekulsky. “As I have lived with these birds in my garden in Los Angeles during the last twenty years, they have become familiar with me and sometimes we have a lot of fun together.”
The photos were previously shown at the Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick, MA and at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, New York.
The exhibit runs through July 30 at the visitor center, which is located at King Gillette Ranch, 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. For more information, call 805-370-2301.