photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
RAINBIRDER | profile | guestbook | all galleries | recent
Type your message and click Add Comment
It is best to login or register first but you may post as a guest.
Enter an optional name and contact email address. Name
Name Email
help private comment
Lève La Tête 28-Feb-2021 10:38
Hello, my name is Lève La Tête. I wish to use a picture of your for a YouTube video talking about birds. If possible, please contact me at, that I can give you more details about the video if needed.
Thank you very much,
Best regards,
Lève La Tête
GEPOG 11-Dec-2020 22:57
Hello, I am contacting you to request permission to use one of your photos for the upcoming Guide d'Identification des Oiseaux de Guyane, to be published in French in 2022 by the non-profit organization GEPOG, located in French Guiana. I would very much appreciate it if you could contact me at
Thank you very much in advance,
Catherine Guigui, volunteer assistant to the authors, Sylvain Uriot and Vincent Pelletier.
Guest 26-Oct-2018 18:37

I am coordinating permissions for an author, Diane Pinch, who has written this book: Passion and Persistence: Fifty Years of Sierra Club BC, 1969-2019, to be published in 2019. She would like to include one of your photos of a Northern goshawk.
Please write to me at for more information.
Thank you very much,
Beth Battles 03-May-2016 01:52
I found your wonderful photo of a blue-backed manakin. I was recently in Trinidad and Tobago with my father who is a keen, life-long birdwatcher. On Tobago we saw the blue-backed manakin, and that bird so delighted me, it was my "bird of the trip." Neither my dad nor I have the skill needed to photograph them. I would like to get a copy of that photo to give to him for father's day, if possible. Thank you. Email:
Mary Atkinson 16-Nov-2015 10:00
Dear Steve Garvie

I am a keen birder and love your bird photographs. I also do a lot of cross stitch and I have recently started to try to make my own cross stitch designs. I would like your permission to use your photograph of the Barn Owl, which I found on the Larkwire website, to make a cross stitch pattern. My email address is:

Many thanks

cafe18-May-2015 09:41
These are beautiful pics! I can't wait to see more ... thank you for sharing with me
cheveux boucles16-May-2015 08:47
I really enjoyed wandering through your galleries. Congratulations.
Nathan Chronister 02-May-2015 11:51
I saw your photo of a falcon attacking an eagle. How long can the eagle fly upside down? Is it just a moment or several wingbeats?
Guest 01-May-2014 14:09
This is a message for Steve Garvie. I work with a small educational charity based in Edinburgh and we are producing a free resource for schools - Our Forests Our Future. We would like to use your photo of the Sylvery-cheeked Hornbill on the Oiseaux website. We would of course give you full credit. You can contact me on
Many Thanks
Jo-Anne Sewlal 22-Apr-2014 01:58
I am the editor of a the quarterly newsletter for the local NGO Environment TOBAGO. The White-tailed Sabrewing was recently declared an environmentally sensitive species. I would like to use your photo for an article on this species.

Awaiting a response.

Dr Jo-Anne Sewlal
Judy Cook 29-Mar-2014 16:23
I photographed what appeared to be a black heron atop a bush near a lake in Fort Myers, FL. The photo was taken through our patio screen but the heron is a solid black (legs are black but feet are embedded in the bush). The eyes appear black, but I've noted other pictures where the reported yellow eyes appear black. Have you ever seen a black heron in North America? Alternatively, what could this have been?
N Kanitkar 11-Jan-2014 05:50
Can i use one of your photos of the Lesser Adjutant on a signage. rgds
Melanie Quinn 19-Apr-2013 17:06
We're interested in filming the Crested Oropendola for a PBS documentary, and I see you've photographed them extensively. Could you email me so we could discuss further? Thank yoU!
Tom Merigan01-Dec-2012 18:47
Thanks my friend for help on identification Tom Merigan
Karen Andersen 20-Oct-2012 16:53
Stunning photography ~~ Kudos to you.
nathapushpa20-Feb-2011 01:32
Dear Rainbirder
You have done a good job sharing ur experiences with ur PBase browsers...I really like the Reports you have published in PBase reg ur experiences with the Country's heritage and travel companies you have dealt with. All the best Rainbirder for ur future endeavours...Nathapushpa-QLD-Australia
Stephen Romany 03-Feb-2011 11:52
Hi Rainbirder,
Amazing photos,what lens and body are you using.I found your site by searching gnatwren images online, and I'm fascinated by your t&t gallery.
Ray Purser Photography04-Nov-2010 08:41
Super images in your Galleries Steve,very impressive I really enjoyed the Kenya images.

Diko G W 30-Oct-2010 17:02
Fantastic set up some beautiful photos.Very enjoyable Thanks Steve
Geoff 05-Oct-2010 09:30
Hi Rainbirder

I was looking at a photo on your Common Buzzard gallery of "Common Buzzard flightshot". Do you have a date and location of this shot by any chance?

Frans Vandewalle31-Aug-2010 10:01
Hi Rainbirder,
Thanks for your comment on picture 127887288, Martial Eagle.
I intend to visit Gambia a second time for some sixteen days, January/February and visit (1) Marakissa, (2) Makasutu, (3) Tendaba and (4) ending up in the northern part of the Western Division before going back home. Last year I did only three days birdwatching with a guide. You know him well: Modou Colley. I would like to do this time a lot more with Modou. And there is my question to you.
If my budget does allow me, I would spend three days (2 nights) in Mandina Lodges. But then it should be possible to explore Makasutu together with Modou. Is there a reasonable formula to get this done?
Thanks for your reply, preferably on my mail address
Frans Vandewalle (Snarfel)
Guest 23-Aug-2010 14:13
Absolutely superb album Steve, you should be very proud of this
Frans Vandewalle11-Aug-2010 08:08
Thanks for your appreciation about the Black Heron series. I am reshuffling my site and meanwhile optimizing especially the old analogue images. It takes some time.
aluco17-May-2010 08:21
Hi Rainbirder! Thank you for your kind comment to the hepaticapicture,
but its not my picture, its my girlfriend Gunilla ho have taken it!
John D 03-Feb-2010 17:32
I've just had a look at your site and must say you have some very interesting and excellent images. I particularly like your bird and Scottish scenes.

John D
krishan30-Jan-2010 10:28
Hi.... like your photos so much..... you are really great photographer..... im an artist and i paint on canvas. I hope we can be good friends.

Guest 29-Jan-2010 20:15
Guest 25-Jan-2010 23:42
Beautifull images!!

Ana Maria
robertoparmiggiani18-Jan-2010 12:15
Grear work
Guest 01-Jan-2010 22:45
Hi Steve.
I've just spent an enjoyable hour surfing your site, Tremendous and diverse selection of bird images here. I will certainly return for another look.
Best rgeards, Mike.
Reinhild Waschkies27-Oct-2009 18:11
Hi Steve,
thank you for your comments.In the past I managed my photos with a Canon 400mm DO lens which is indeed a good travel lens,but together with extender I was disappointed by very smooth pics.During our travel in South Africa I tried out the 300mm/2,8 Canon lens with 1,4 or 2x extender. My photographs are not comparable with Ingos who took the Canon 500mm lens .Its like the difference between black and white.Nevertheless I have my own gallery so I can remember some nice moments with birdwatching clearly and don't forget it.
I read your tour report about Sri Lanka,many thanks. Furthermore it is exciting for me to look at photographs of flora and fauna from other countries ,so I enjoy your galleries with all!! photos.
With best wishes
Fred 10-Oct-2009 08:47
Hi, You do have some very nice photographs and I am looking for photographers who can consistently produce great images AND know how to edit. (You may well know this now-but someone else won't.). Relegate the images that remind you of a good or bad trip to the snapshot album...if the image isn't in focus where it should be and so forth, don't publish them. Someone else has a better photograph...stick to your'll produce your best work here. In order to sell my own photographs and produce a good selection of stock photographs, I am looking for photographers ( title the email as "portfolio" as otherwise I will delete your email). My comments to you are that capturing the image is only the first part of a long process. I have looked at a number of your images and with a decent editing program, there are several in addition to Adobe...Corel Paint Shop Pro is quiet easy to use...look at GIMP which is similar to Adobe AND can really improve your skills. Pay particular attention to your camera's histogram. Use the histogram in editing...that is the simple way...master curves and you will have more control over the image. Shoot in RAW format and in Adobe RGB not sRGB for best color management intended for reproduction. Use the unsharp mask (judiciously). Look at the excellent tutorials on cambridgeincolour dot com They have an excellent discussion on sharpening with the unsharp mask in addition to other topics. Nikon's Capture NX program has a very easy to use 'Control Point' for making adjustments to a specific area for color, saturation etc. What I most appreciated about your photography is you shot in the rain. Photography is not all about sunny days. Most of all enjoy, whether you shoot solely for your own peace of mind or commercially. Cheers, Fred.
Jaime González09-Jun-2009 18:57
Hi Steve,

It appears you have a natural gift for capturing the true beauty of nature.
Congratulations, not just on a particular photo but on your whole work.

With best wishes,

Guest 22-May-2009 21:39
Hi Steve
Thankyou for your comments on my birds of Gambia on
I have had a good look at your Gambian bird photos and I think they are brilliant you have been out there quite a few times and know your Gambian birds very well,you were right about my locaction it was the Madina lodges an excellent location for a first time to Gambia I am going out there again this November on my own but will stay at the Senegambia using my same bird guide who I have kept in touch with.
Guest 01-Apr-2009 18:03
Hi Rainbirder,
You have an impressive and extensive collection of only beautiful photographs. What a work and insightful information you are sharing here. A place to visit over and over!!
My respects! Fantastic work!!
Carol 24-Feb-2009 09:50
Hi Rainbirder
I lived in Dunfermline for 15 years before coming to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland two years ago. Very handy for Vane Farm, but you're right about the weather! Love your images and I was wondering if I could use the one of a rock nuthatch nest for a talk I'm giving to our local small bird group here. The subject will be "Birds nests and nesting behaviour" and I'm trying to show them one or two more unusual things. I will of course give you the credit for the photo and include links in my handouts
Many thanks

Dave Penney 30-Jan-2009 09:20

I live in The Gambia and I liked your images very much. I have just written a fieldguide to Gambian Wildlife (see am particularly interested in spiders and butterflies. Do you have any nice photos of these? Maybe you have spider families (and even butterfly species) that are previously unrecorded from the country.

Many thanks, Dave
aluco28-Jan-2009 12:38
Hi "Rainbirder"!
I´m glad you like mi picture of the
Grey- headed Woodpecker! i don't think
you have this in Scotland.
Guest 25-Jan-2009 07:50
Hello Rainbirder,
If you can spare some time, I would appreciate very much your comments on the gallery:
Hope to hear from you. Thanks.

Marc Vermeulen09-Jan-2009 00:38
Best wishes to you and to yours at 2009!
And thanks that you visit my site regulary.
marko gregoric03-Jan-2009 13:06
Hapy New Year.
You have a amazing gallery. For me, one of the best in the PBase.
Jeff Harrison 27-Dec-2008 18:00
Hi Steve (Rainbirder)
I saw one of your posts on Birdforum and decided to have a look at your website. You have some superb images on here but I especially like your landscape shots of Mull. My wife and I visited the island only briefly during a two week stay on the west coast last May, but we fell in love with the place and are going back for a week next April. In fact, I think we visited (and I photographed) one of the waterfalls you've featured!
Anyway, congratulations on a great portfolio.
Jeff (
aluco25-Oct-2008 21:13
Hi Rainbirder!
I`m glad you like my picture of the nutcracker!
yoram shpirer25-Oct-2008 20:52
Great gallery, it is a real pleasure to view
Duncan Robertson 11-Oct-2008 16:12
Hi rainbirder,

Great photos! I am responsible for the bird section of Iziko Museums of Cape Town's educational website called Biodiversity Explorer
(, featuring the life we
encounter in southern Africa. I am trying to fill in gaps in terms of
photographs of each bird species recorded in this region. One species I am looking for is the Pale batis, which I see you have a photo of on pbase, located here:

I would acknowledge source and copyright for this image and would
provide a link to your pbase gallery (I would like to know your real name, so that I can do this properly). Other photographers such as Callie de Wet, Trevor Hardaker, Jim Scarff and Peter Steyn have already contributed.

Please send your reply to my e-mail address (

Duncan Robertson
Stephen Bahr 02-Oct-2008 21:41
Your photos and layout are outstanding ! You have captured so many wonders here . Well done and I hope to see more of your exciting work.
aluco26-Sep-2008 21:42
Hi rainbirder!
Thank you for your latest comments to my pictures!
Hope you have a nice time in Scotland now in the
autumn, much birds and fine photomoments!
Costaricafinca 25-Aug-2008 19:59
After viewing your photos on the Central American forum, I thought I would check out the rest. Great photos from all over. I grew up in Scotland, and remember fondly many of your subjects.
Carmen Hartzenberg 21-Aug-2008 07:32

We are considering your two plain-backed sunbird images for our new publication - The Ultimate Photoguide: Birds of Southern Africa. Print run is 30 000.

Please let me know what your rates are and if you can supply the image at these specifications: (minimum) 80x80mm at 300 DPI.

Many thanks
Carmen Hartzenberg
Image Library Manager
Images of Africa
Struik Publishers
(a division of New Holland Publishing (South Africa) Ltd)
tel: +27 (021) 462 4360
fax: +27 (021) 462 4375

John Anderson01-Jun-2008 13:28
Steve very impressed by your Crossbills, difficult bird to catch up with. Only one comment - where's the rain?!
Dave25-Apr-2008 20:06
Steve - Rainbirder,
Thank you very much for helping me out with the names of the birds of Trinidad and Tobago. I recognize all the names you offered but couldn't remember them from the short time I was on the islands.

Ryan 18-Apr-2008 14:22
I have seen your bird photography on pbase and really like your work. I have a new photography forum and we have a section dedicated to birds where you can share your work, get comment/critique on it, and can also help others by leaving comment/critique on their work. We have a really great group of photographers on there and would love for you to join and share you work too. We also have many other dedicated photo sections
Hope to see you on the site
Ryan Miller; Owner & Founder
Guest 16-Apr-2008 18:43
Hi, thanks for visiting and all your comments, they are appreciated! You have some amazing shots, the flycatcher on your profile is among the favorites!! Beautiful work.
Wong Tsu Shi16-Apr-2008 04:28
Thanks fro visiting and commenting on my galleries, Steve.

You have beautifully captures images of the avifauna which is not available on my part of the world.

Continue the good work.
Esa Ervasti27-Feb-2008 12:10
I have just seen small part of your works but I'll be back to enjoy more. I especially like that you give great info with your great images.

All the best for your photographing,
John Anderson16-Jan-2008 22:41
Steve your Cheetah images are simply outstanding, all I can say is WOW and not a drop of rain in sight! Great work.
Guest 07-Jan-2008 22:17
Great Gallery
John Molloy29-Dec-2007 18:09
Just had a quick look through your galleries after a recomendation from John Anderson, some superb images and was well worth a look. Will look forward to having a closer look through them

Keep up the good work, John
John Anderson09-Dec-2007 19:57
Keep up the good work, your work is super.

Ray Purser Photography08-Dec-2007 17:55
Some good images in your Galleries will visit again for updates.
Regards Ray.