Beauty of birds revealed in upcoming show
April 23, 2014
Dan Busby, photographer and bird expert, is showcasing his work like this common loon on Head Lake, as part of his upcoming show Birds by Busby at the Rails End Gallery in Haliburton from April 26 to June 14. He will be part of the show’s kickoff event from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Common Loon winter plumage, Head Lake, Haliburton, ON
By Darren Lum
A local artist is singing the virtues of birds, revealing their beauty through an upcoming Haliburton exhibition at the Rails End Gallery.
Dan Busby, a photographer and ornithologist – bird scientist – for more than 30 years, is excited to provide the public an opportunity to delve deeper into his passion for birds through a collection of photos. “The more I talk to people about birds and show them some interesting photos of birds the more they become interested,” he said. “Who knows why the fascination is held by a lot of people? I think it has something to do with if all is right with the birds out there all is right with the world.” With Busby’s science background, he said birds are good indicators for the quality of environment. He will be available at his show Birds by Busby opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. The recently retired biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada, points out his love for photography and birds was the perfect marriage where his professional knowledge worked with his desire to better document and record birds with his camera. “This is just an extension of having spent my life working with birds and enjoying them,” he said. The show is from April 26 to June 14 will have upwards of 25 pieces, ranging in size from 8 x 11 to 36 x 24. Half the show will feature local birds from the Highlands and a “sampling” of birds he has photographed around the world such as the Amazon River area in Ecuador, Costa Rica and other areas in North America. With close-ups, some photos will enhance hard-to-see features. Some of his prints, he said, will employ a unique process of printing on “metal.” “It’s a whole new printing process where you print onto coated aluminum and it can really bring out interesting textures and colours in some of the birds,” he said. Busby, who has grandchildren here, has lived in Haliburton and been a gallery member the past two years. He and his wife first learned of the Highlands area when they lived in nearby Kawartha, after moving from Atlantic Canada for retirement several years ago. Besides his ongoing passion for birding and photography, Busby is a naturalist. He is a member of Bird Studies Canada and is a chairperson of the board of trustees for the Baillie Fund.
For more information about Busby see danbusby.ca.