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January 2, 2014

Avian art

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

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“I’m out all year taking pictures, and I could stay right here,” he said. “They’re all going to come by here eventually. I’ve got eagles, hawks, ospreys flying over the house in the summer.”

Getting within 20-30 feet of his subjects while out in the field, Corvinus will spend hours waiting for the best shot.

“It’s the exact same thing as hunting, only you are shooting a picture,” he said. “You have to get to know their habits. Where you will see them, what time of day you will see them, you have to know the habits just like you would if you were a hunter. They go fishing when the tides drop just like we do.”

Once the action begins, Corvinus must be prepared to shoot.

“It happens so fast, you have to be ready,” Corvinus said. “Usually, I have got two cameras. One that is smaller, which I can swing around, and then I have a telephoto lens typically that I have on a tripod.”

Waiting for all the action to start can also have a positive effect.

“You have to spend so much time observing to get a good shot,” Corvinus said. “You’re going to learn something in spite of yourself.”

Corvinus recently opened an art studio in Amesbury, where he also creates oil paintings.

“I just got done with it in the beginning of September,” Corvinus said of his Cedar Street studio. “I haven’t even gotten the website up yet, I’m still working on it. But I have had the opportunity of working with Donald Jurney; he’s a famous landscape painter who has a studio near me.

“I always wanted to do (this),” he said. “Somehow, I ended up in the financial services business.”

A portion of proceeds from all purchases made at Corvinus’ exhibit will help support the education center.

If you go

What: “Avian Hunters and Fishers,” photographs by Nick Corvinus

When: Jan. 5 through Feb. 23. Open Tuesdays through Sundays, and on Monday holidays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport

How much: Free

More information: 978-462-9998 or www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats

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