Greg Harber, born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, is a graduate of Auburn University and is now employed at UAB in the Microbiology Department. Greg is a past president of Alabama Audubon (formerly Birmingham Audubon Society) and currently serves as Vice President for Field Trips. He is also a past president of Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries and continues to serve as Vice President of Conservation, which has allowed him to fulfill two aims: preserve and protect the habitat on which birds and humans depend, and, to help ensure that future generations can experience the thrill of bird watching for themselves. Greg also chairs the Conservation Committee for the Alabama Ornithological Society.
Greg’s photographs have appeared in Alabama Birdlife, Journal of the Alabama Ornithological Society, the four-volume set Alabama Wildlife, published by the University of Alabama Press, and most recently, the November 2013 issue of Homewood Life magazine and the March 2017 issue of B-Metro. Additionally, an article he wrote about birdwatching at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens appeared in the Birdwatching Hotspots Near You segment of the February 2012 issue of Birdwatching magazine.
In addition to birding and photography, Greg enjoys cycling and his daily commutes to work have given him a new appreciation for birding in an urban setting, underscoring the value of even small pockets of habitat for our native plants, animals and birds. A favorite destination in downtown Birmingham is Railroad Park, which is featured in several of the photographs shown here.
Location information for each photograph: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Birmingham airport, west side), Common Nighthawk (US Hwy 31 bridge, North Birmingham), Chimney Swifts (Housing Authority of Birmingham*), Prothonotary Warbler (Ebenezer Swamp, Montevallo), Cerulean Warbler (Goat Trees Reserve, Dauphin Island), Tree Swallow (Walker County Public Fishing Lake), Swallow-tailed Kite (Jones Bluff Road/Lowndes County Road 40, Lowndesboro), Song Sparrow, Wood Duck, Common Grackle and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Railroad Park, Birmingham).
*Greg monitors this chimney as part of the Alabama Audubon Alabama SwiftWatch program. Last fall this chimney hosted up to 1200 birds per night at the peak of migration. We encourage you to contribute your observations to this statewide community-science program.