Birds of the Pacific Northwest

And Some Southern Hemisphere Favorites, Photography by Peter R. Cavanagh

Lion's mane - David Hall

From eagles, owls, puffins and snow geese to penguins, blue-footed boobies and more, this exhibit encompasses a variety of bird species, photographed in ways which will inspire awe in the viewer.

Peter Cavanagh is a Pacific Northwest photographer who specializes in photographing birds in flight. He was guest curator of the recent exhibit How Birds Fly at the Seattle Museum of Flight. He has travelled widely from Antarctica to Iceland (the migration route of Arctic terns) in pursuit of interesting birds. His work has won awards in the U.S. and Canada, has been featured by the Audubon Society and the American Ornithological Union, and can be seen in the permanent collection on board the Washington state ferry Samish. Peter’s images have been included in the Audubon Top 100 Bird Photographs for each of the last three years and in the showcase collection of the North American Nature Photographers Association. His new book 100 Flying Birds: A Photographer’s Notebook will be published in 2019.


Artist’s Statement

Photographers often describe themselves as people who capture light but my goal is to capture motion in a still image. My interest in bird flight flows naturally from my professional training in biomechanics, my background as a private pilot, and my passion for photography. Learning about and observing birds has provided me with an access point into the connected web of natural ecosystems. Because birds are so sensitive to the state of their environments, they speak to us through their decreasing numbers and continuing extinctions about the harm being wrought on the planet by humans. It is my hope that the images in this exhibit will excite the viewer to value the presence of such diverse and splendid creatures and to advocate for policies that will preserve and enhance this presence for future generations.



On display now!