Dick Bruer is the Alabama Ornithological Society’s Second “Featured Photographer”.

Eastern Bluebird photo by Dick Bruer

Dick Bruer was born and raised in West Tennessee, where he attended Union University and graduated from Memphis State University. He later received a master’s degree from Central Michigan University. He spent 20 years in the Air Force, where he was a crew member on the B-52 bomber. He also served as a headquarters squadron commander in the AF’s Strategic Air Command and the AF Communications Command. After his Air Force retirement, he was employed for almost 24 years by The Boeing Company where he worked on the Air Force’s B-1B Bomber Weapon System Trainer, the International Space Station and the Army’s Future Combat System’s Armed Robotic Vehicle.

Photography became an interest during assignments to California, Louisiana, Thailand, Japan, Michigan and Ohio. His early photography concentrated on people and places. His first “good” camera was the Asahi Pentax Spotmatic II (AKA the GI’s camera). It was a manual camera using film with no decent long lenses. While in the AF he became an avid duck hunter. Hunting grew into carving duck decoys and other birds. That led to birdwatching with the North Alabama Birdwatchers Society starting in about 1987. He has been an avid birdwatcher ever since. He believes the best things about birdwatching is the great people you meet and good friends you make.

Dick’s favorite places to bird and photograph birds are Saint Marks NWR in Florida and Dauphin Island in Alabama. Other favorites are in North Alabama, such as Wheeler NWR, the Leighton Ponds area, Wilson Dam, Wheeler Dam, Monte Sano State Park and the Alabama A&M Winfred E Thomas Agricultural Research Station. His primary camera kit is the Nikon D500/300 mm PF lens combination augmented by a 1.4 teleconverter. He post-processes his photos using Lightroom and occasionally Photoshop.

Dick and Sally, his wife of 46 years, live in Madison. They have two children and seven grandchildren. Their first great-grandchild is due in October 2018.

Dick is an active member of the North Alabama Birdwatchers Society and the Alabama Ornithological Society.


About the “Featured Photographer” Project

Every 4-8 weeks, AOS will feature a member and the member’s photographs on the organization’s website. The project is designed to foster an interest in nature photography and in birding in general. While you must be a current member of AOS to be considered, dues are modest and include many other benefits, such as access to the society’s newsletter, The Yellowhammer; to regular field trips; and to programs that involve some of the best birding experts in the nation. (for information on joining, click here.)

Featured photographers agree to allow the photographs submitted to be used on the AOS website and Facebook pages and in promotional materials.

If you would like to be considered, email Ken Hare at kmhare46@knology.net for further details. 

To See Other AOS Featured Photographers, Please Scroll Down:

Harry Dean

Harry Dean has had an ongoing interest in photography for the past four decades that started as a way to pass the time when he was stationed in Thailand as a U.S. Air Force pilot. He said the base offered a good facility with everything that the do-it-yourself photography hobbyist needed — as long as it was black and white. Later he combined his interest in birdwatching with photography. With the advent of digital photography, this interest grew significantly. No longer limited to a 24- or 36-exposure roll of film, and with the aspect of instant gratification, he routinely added 200-300 images daily to his “collection”. “Shoot and delete” was his photography equivalent of the fishing technique of “catch and release”. Harry believes that there is always something interesting to photograph no matter where you are. His favorite subjects include birds, flowers, and bugs and he is always looking for that perfect reflection shot. Although currently not very accomplished at post processing, he is working on his technique. Harry’s camera system of choice is Canon. Harry served in the Air Force for 20 years, flying the C-130 and B-52 aircraft. He also worked on system safety engineering design for numerous strategic systems including the B-2. Before retirement, he continued his system safety engineering career with NASA, working on Spacelab and International Space Station payloads. Harry currently lives in Madison, and is an active member of the North Alabama Birdwatcher’s Society. Currently Harry is also serving as President of the Alabama Ornithological Society. About the