When we see birds out our back window, landing lightly on a delicate branch, trilling a call, or pecking at seed, we admire how they survive despite apparent frailty. Their colors, flight and song delight us.
"In fact," said wildlife photographer and Camillus resident Bob Graham, "birds are predators that probably descended from the dinosaurs."
Graham's photo exhibit, "Birds that Hunt and Fish," will be on display June 1 to 30 at Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. The library will host an open-house reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday June 1. At 6:30 p.m., Graham will give a 30-minute multimedia talk about predatory birds and his experiences in the many countries he's traveled in his second career as a wildlife photographer.
Graham came to Syracuse in 1969 to work as a research chemist at Bristol Laboratories. His career shifted midway through from chemistry to the environment and safety and gave him the opportunity to travel broadly in visits to Bristol's manufacturing and research facilities. On weekends off, he trekked through rainforests, in deserts and over mountains, taking photos that he developed in his own darkroom.