Award Winning Avian Photographer and Fine Artist
Situated near Tampa Bay, Florida, Simon Bolyn is an award winning and published bird photographer and artist. He supports conservation efforts in North America and donates the use of his photos and art to avian organizations and rehabilitation centers in order to help promote and raise funds for the protection of various species and their environment across the United States and Canada.
These are the species that I wanted to spend the most time with to accurately document behaviors and character traits. The inspiration for these subjects comes from environmental concerns threatening them and their habitats, as well as as well as their distinctive appearance that caught my eye and captured my attention.
The New World Warblers or Wood-Warblers are a group of small, often colorful, passerine birds and are insectivores. This group likely originated in northern Central America, where the greatest number of species and diversity between them is found.
Great Horned Owl
Lake Wales & Plant City, Florida
The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus), also known as the Tiger Owl (the “winged tiger” or “tiger of the air”) is a large owl native to the Americas. It is an extremely adaptable bird with a vast range and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas.
Sandhill Crane Family
The Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) is a species of large crane of North America and extreme northeastern Siberia. The common name of this bird refers to habitat like that at the Platte River, on the edge of Nebraska’s Sandhills on the American Plains.
Cape Coral & Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) is a small, long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. Burrowing owls can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts, or any other open dry area with low vegetation.
Plant City, Florida
The Barred Owl (Strix varia) is a North American large species of owl and a member of the true owl family, Strigidae. Barred owls are largely native to eastern North America, but have expanded their range to the west coast of North America where they are considered invasive.
Reddish Egret / White Morph
Saint Petersburg, Florida
The Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) and white morph are a medium-sized heron. In the past, this bird was a victim of the plume trade and there are only 1,500 to 2,000 nesting pairs of reddish egrets in the United States where until recently received special protection.
The Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) is a small North American migratory thrush found in open woodlands, farmlands, and orchards. The bright-blue breeding plumage of the male, easily observed on a wire or open perch, makes this species a favorite of birders.
Black Skimmer Nesting Colony
The Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) have a light graceful flight, with steady beats of their long wings. They usually feed in large flocks, flying low over the water surface with the lower mandible skimming the water catching their food by touch which gave them their namesake.
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Bio & Inspiration
Situated near Tampa Bay, Florida, Simon Bolyn is an award winning and published bird photographer. He supports conservation efforts in North America and donates the use of his photos and art to avian organizations and rehabilitation centers in order to help promote the protection of various species and their environment across the United States and Canada.
His has been regularly featured in Canadian Geographic, Canada’s premier publication by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Other international accolades include photography magazines and calendars, many wins and honorable mentions in international competitions as well as participating in juried art fairs and exhibitions. He has also proudly been asked to be a key note speaker for non-profit groups discussing his knowledge of photographic work and the technical and creative aspects behind it.
His ultimate goal in avian photography is to capture intimate portraits of birds with unique expressions that show their intelligence and hopefully an intensity that captures your attention. This is why he tries to study an individual over the course of at least a couple of months, as it is necessary to properly understand a creature’s traits, mannerisms and character before you can photograph it properly.
This long term process helps him to choose how best to present an individual species in his work, hoping that in turn it brings a much clearer appreciation for the environment we share.
Simon Bolyn is proud to have his work utilized by many organizations and corporations in many formats including magazines, puzzles, calendars, social media and websites, and is equally proud of the awards, accolades and online showcasing he has received from the following industry leaders in the world of bird photography –