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Reader photo: Lying low on a muddy lakeshore produces a gorgeous close-up

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Black-necked Stilt and American Avocet, Frank Lake, Alberta, August 10, 2013, 8:07 a.m. ©2013 Tim J. Hopwood

Often, the key to a memorable bird photo, says Tim Hopwood, is to put yourself at eye level with your subject. That’s what he did a year ago when he shot the photo above at a lake near Calgary.

Tim Hopwood
Tim Hopwood

Hopwood, an accountant who grew up in Australia and now lives in Calgary, credits Sir David Attenborough’s documentaries from the BBC for sparking his interest in nature. Hopwood began photographing birds about three years ago, and today, he often heads out on weekends and during vacations to takes pictures of birds, insects, mammals, reptiles, and landscapes.

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