Humanities Balcony Gallery

Tim Reeves Bird Photography

Reception: February 7 – 3 to 5 p.m.

February 7, 2008 - March 7, 2008

The exhibit will feature Tim Reeves' many photographs of beautiful birds. Tim has spent most of his 17 years in Farmington, NM photographing birds in Animas and Berg Parks. His photos have been featured in and on the cover of Western Birds Magazine. Tim’s philosophy is to photograph as many species as possible in as many places as possible.

Timothy Reeves’ Artist Statement

My philosophy of bird photography is to photograph as many species as possible in as many places as possible. I developed my interest in birds in the second grade when my teacher, Hazel Thompkins, suggested that we students collect old bird nests over the Christmas holidays as an introduction to nature. I tried drawing birds in the third grade. I began photography in the seventh grade using a Brownie Instamatic given to me by my parents. After seeing my first roll of black and white prints, photos of our backyard, each with a little speck in the middle that I assured them was such-and-such kind of bird, my parents brought me a high quality range-finder camera (I think it cost $50.00). Using that camera with flash (bulbs), often with a remote control either a string that tripped the shutter or a rubber bulb connected to a thin hose.

During high school I divided time during my summers helping my father deliver milk (he was a milkman) and photographing birds. My first magazine cover was a photo of an Eastern Bluebird published on the back cover of North Carolina Wildlife magazine. In college my interest migrated to plants and I took numerous botany courses as part of my A.B. in Biology. My photography also switched to plants, for a while. I eventually received my Master’s and Ph.D degrees in Botany. I held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the New York Botanical Garden. My plant photographs have appeared in Audubon wildflower guides.

I have done lots of bird photography during my 17 ½ years in Farmington. I decided I wanted more magazine cover photos so I sold my Minolta equipment and moved up to Canon, now digital. My photo of a Harris’s Sparrow appeared three years later on the front cover of Western Birds. Later, my photo of a Mountain Bluebird was published on the inside front cover of Western Birds. This past summer I spent most mornings photographing birds in Animas and Berg Parks and some of the photographs taken there make up this show.

About 20 years ago I received my Master’s Degree in Computer Science Education and have spent the years ever since teaching Computer Science. I am a member of the Four Corners Bird Club and serve on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Ornithological Society.

The Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday,
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For further information about this exhibit or other Gallery events,
contact Cindy McNealy at 566-3464
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Immature Harriss Sparrow
Immature Harris's Sparrow photo on the cover of Western Birds. I took the photo in Blanco.


New Mexico Bird Finding Guide
I co-authored (with Alan Nelson) the chapter on San Juan County in the 3rd edition of the New Mexico Bird Finding Guide published by the New Mexico Ornithological Society.


B-Square Ranch Book
I wrote a book on the birds of the B-Square Ranch which had a list of all known species on the 12,000 acre ranch. The ranch has the most species of birds known for any location in the county. The book features common birds each accompanied by one of my photos.


Great Horned Owl
I photographed this Great Horned Owl on campus at San Juan College in the fall of 2007. I apparently lives on campus.

Male Mountain Bluebird
Male Mountain Bluebird photo on the inside front cover of Western Birds. I took the photo at Farmington Lake.


Male Kentucky Warbler
Male Kentucky Warbler, the only bird of its species ever seen in San Juan County, NM. It stayed in Berg Park in Farmington for 8 days during the summer of 2008.


SJCounty Bird Checklist
I co-authored (with Alan Nelson) a checklist of the 350 species of birds reported in San Juan County, NM in 1999. Approximately 1000 copies have been distributed.


Morgan Lake birds
I co-authored (with Alan Nelson and Howard Bradley) a book on the birds of Morgan Lake, located at the APS power plant west of Farmington. The book included a list of all known species of birds found at the lake and featured common species each accompanied by one of my photographs.