About Me

If you had told me 16 years ago that today I would be taking bird pictures as a hobby, I would have laughed in your face. But that is what I love to do in my spare time and when you find something you love to do, you should do it to your full potential. I take great pride in my bird photographs, sometimes taking 100+ shots just to get the perfect one. But that is what it’s all about.

“A forest bird never wants a cage.”
– Henrik Ibsen
Feathered Nest Photography
Kris Chelf

I was at a party one night when a very good friend of mine wanted to show me his new camera. He was showing me some photographs he had taken at a local park and I was fascinated with the results. I wanted to try it for myself. I immediately went home and ordered a camera, lens and accessories but was far from knowing what I was doing. I started out photographing the usual subjects: trees, flowers, people, buildings, etc., but nothing really excited me. It wasn’t until my wife and I attended a “Bird Walk” at a local nature center that I found my interest. On that walk, we observed over 50 different types of birds and our guide knew them all! Heck, I didn’t even know there were 50 different types of birds in the state, let alone at a small, local nature center. That’s when I realized what I wanted my photography subject to be: Birds.

I must admit, the first few seasons of doing this were nothing less than frustrating. Birds simply do not sit still. But, as with anything in life, the reward outweighs the effort. The more I practiced, the better it went. I slowly became more proficient at identifying and photographing birds and continue to learn every time I am on a bird shoot. I never get bored with it as you can see something different every day.

To me, there is nothing more enjoyable than getting that perfect bird shot. It is a hobby that is well worth the endeavor. I now want to share my bird photos with everyone. I hope you will find something on this site you like and just maybe see a a bird you’ve never seen before!

Kris Chelf