Something about San José photographer Doug Nomura’s pictures of birds in flight, or attempting to get off the ground to fly, grabs you. I think it’s the sheer energy and effort that the photos convey.
It’s especially timely to be broadcasting our profile of Nomura as the Your Photos on QUEST 2-minute segment on our Oct. 13 television episode, since the Bay Area is inundated with migratory birds starting in October. The Bay Area is on the Pacific Flyway, a major north-south route of travel for migratory birds in the Americas, extending from Alaska to Patagonia. As a result, close to 700,000 ducks are usually counted in the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta during October, said John Takekawa, research wildlife biologist with the US Geological Service. Raptors like hawks and falcons also stop over in the Bay Area in fall and winter.
Doug Nomura looks forward to the beginning of the migration in October because it multiplies his opportunities to photograph birds in flight. He stalks his subjects along the Bay Trail, a shoreline trail that will eventually hug the entire circumference of the San Francisco Bay. When the Bay Trail is complete, it will be 500 miles long. Currently, the public can enjoy almost 300 miles of paths. Nomura, whose day job is as a computer network security specialist, is an avid fan. “This allows me to turn the cell phone off and go out there for a couple of hours,” he said. “It’s some of the best therapy one can give oneself and it doesn’t cost anything. I’d like my photographs to inspire people to visit the Bay Trail to look at the wildlife and appreciate what we have in our backyard.”