I’ve been interested in photography for as long as I can remember. I started with a cheap point-and-shoot and worked my way up from there. I got interested in birds when the Snowy Owls came down to Boundary Bay in large numbers several years ago. I love to travel and have birded in Costa Rica, Australia, Hawaii, Japan, and Arizona. I also write and draw, and I’ve done a course in banding.
My first DSLR was a Nikon D3300, which, coupled with a Nikon 200-500 mm zoom lens, helped me become a decent wildlife photographer. A few years ago, I upgraded to a Nikon D500 body – its 10 frames-per-second capability has allowed me to capture some nice shots. I like to shoot a lot, sorting the best stuff later, something I couldn’t have got away if I was born before the digital age – I’ve never shot film!
Although I’m only 14-years-old, I’ve been fortunate to have already received some recognition: a BCFO 2017 Young Birder Award, and American Birding Association’s 2018 Young Birder of the Year Award. I’ve also sold a photo to the City of Vancouver, had my work in BirdWatching and other magazines, been interviewed by CBC and other media outlets, and presented at the 2018 International Ornithological Congress.
These days, I’m developing a mobile game about birds and conservation: Find the Birds: US + Canada(www.findthebirds.com).
My website is www.adamdhalla.com, which links to my Instagram account.
Illal Mountain, in the Cascade Range, east of Coquihalla summit.
Smoke warning of a nearby forest fire kept me on edge for the entire hike. Finally found this lifer at the end of the day! Nikon D3300. 290mm. f5.6. 1/500 sec.
Cape May Warbler
Mill Lake Park, Abbotsford
So thrilled to see this rare visitor (a lifer for me) that I decided to use it as the species in the logo for the mobile game I’m developing. Nikon D600. 500mm. f5.6. 1/200sec.