Bill Majoros has been studying birds and bird behavior for nearly 15 years. While working as a computer scientist in Washington, D.C. during the 1990's and early 2000's, he spent much of his free time collecting data of various types from the local avifauna in southern Maryland and northern Virginia. In 2002 he published his first research article on the analysis of combinatorial syntactic structure in the song of the House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus). From 1994 through 2005 he also intensively monitored a Bald Eagle family nesting on an island in the Potomac River; the voluminous observational notes from this latter study are currently being written up into book form.
Upon migrating to North Carolina he decided to take up bird photography, and has been tirelessly wandering the Carolina woods and wetlands in pursuit of the better bird photo ever since.
In addition to numerous research articles on the computational analysis of DNA, he has recently published a biotechnology textbook through Cambridge University Press. He currently works as a computer scientist at Duke University, where he co-teaches a PhD-level course in computational DNA analysis.
His bird photos have been featured in wall calendars, on plaques at county parks, and in newsletters and other publications from such organizations as the Sierra Club and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency.
His personal website is www.billmajoros.com.
The photographs featured on this site were produced using a wide variety of camera equipment, though the majority were captured using Canon professional cameras and lenses.
All of the photos were taken using digital SLR cameras. Earlier photos were taken using the 6-megapixel Nikon D50 digital SLR camera, though these are relatively few in number. Many images were captured using the 8-megapixel Canon 30D camera attached to either a Sigma 800mm f/5.6 APO lens (tripod-mounted) or a Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens (hand-held). The newest, and generally highest-quality, photos on this site were taken using the setup shown in the portrait above. The long lens in this photo is the Canon 600mm f/4L lens, which is very often used at the 840mm focal length via a 1.4x teleconverter. The camera attached to this lens (difficult to see in the portrait above) is the Canon EOS 1D Mark III, a 10-megapixel professional camera capable of producing exceptionally low-noise images even at relatively high ISO speeds.
Other equipment used includes the Canon 400mm f/5.6L telephoto lens, the Celestron C-5 astronomical telescope, and an Orion 6-inch Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope attached to a digital camera for extremely high focal-length bird photography.
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