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January 2, 2014

Avian art

Port photographer captures 'grace and beauty' of birds of prey

As far as nature photographer, artist and Newburyport resident Nick Corvinus is concerned, there are only two reasons for his creative success.

“I spend a lot of time outdoors and have a big lens,” he said with a laugh.

Corvinus’ photography will be shown in an exhibit titled “Avian Hunters and Fishers,” opening Monday at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center.

“I’ve taken a lot of pictures,” Corvinus said. “I happen to enjoy the raptors, but I also enjoy herons and owls, hawks, whatever. I like birds of prey. There are a lot of them around here, and I just find them very interesting. So, I’ve taken a lot of those types of pictures rather than songbirds. I don’t do as much of that.”

Corvinus will introduce the exhibit, which runs through Feb. 23 and is his first in the area, during a free reception on Sunday, Jan. 12.

“You will be able to get a pretty good feel of what these birds are like,” he said. “You will be able to see some of the grace and beauty of these birds up-close. I’ve got some pretty detailed close-up shots of them hunting and fishing and doing those sorts of things.”

A financial services executive, the 66-year-old recently scaled back his day job so he could pursue his love of art and photography that has been on the back burner since he was a student at Syracuse University in New York. An avid outdoorsman, Corvinus is also one of the original investors in Speedboard USA, a stand-up paddleboarding company that started in the city two years ago.

Corvinus lives on Water Street, so he doesn’t even have to leave the house to get a good shot.

“I live right on Joppa Flats,” said Corvinus, who moved to Newburyport from New York almost 40 years ago. “Birders are in my front yard just about all the time looking at all the migratory birds and shorebirds that are in Joppa Flats and on the Merrimack River. I just see birds and seals all over the place.

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