With Captivated by Birds Ron Ridout explores his love of birds and presents us with a compilation of his very best images from the past few years. Each is a portrait of the subject in its natural environment providing us with an intimate view that we seldom experience.
In the 90 photographs within, Ron’s strong sense of design and colour lead the viewer to look at the commonplace in a new way and discover facets of these wondrous creatures that we may not have seen before.
Beginning with what is most familiar near his home at Long Point, Ontario, he then takes us on an expedition to Hudson Bay before leaving us with an array of 'exotic' species found on his explorations of the wild areas of Florida.
Through the text accompanying the photographs, Ron often lends some insight into his artistic process and provides the reader with a myriad of facts about the natural history of the subjects that are nearest his heart.
Ron Ridout has had a passion for birds most of his life. From his early years spent at the family cottages to his career at Bird Studies Canada, the focus has been on all things feathered. He is a graduate of Applied Photography from Sheridan College and spent several years in the photographic industry before moving to Norfolk County in southern Ontario to devote his time to his art and the study of birds. Ron is the founding President of the Ontario Field Ornithologists and has led birding tours throughout North America and the neotropics. As a biological consultant, he has worked on studies from the south coast of Cuba to the Beaufort Sea in Alaska. For the past 16 years he has been the 'photographer in residence' for Bird Studies Canada, serving also as their IT specialist and graphic designer. His photographs appear frequently in BirdWatch Canada.