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Birds in Flight and a Side Trip to South Africa by Bill Reichhardt

  • 1 May 2024
  • 31 May 2024
  • National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708

Birds in Flight and a Side Trip to South Africa: Photography of Bill Reichhardt

Exhibit: May 1-31, 2024

9:00am to 4:30pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays)

Gallery Talk & Reception

Saturday, May 25, 2024 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm

How do eagles and ospreys spot fish when flying high over the water? How do African wild dogs hunt and why do all the pack members attend to the young pups? These questions and others form the stories behind the photographs exhibited in May at the Hollingsworth Gallery on the South Tract of the Patuxent Research Refuge.

Wildlife photographer Bill Reichhardt returns to the gallery with an exhibit focusing on the beauty and grace of local birds in flight. From gliding egrets and diving eagles to hummingbirds and awkward duck landings, the photos tell the story about the many adaptations of birds in flight. In addition, Bill will share dramatic wildlife images taken in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Zambia over the past three years. Stories include images of curious lion cubs, encounters with hippos, elephants and tracking a pack of wild dogs. 

To hear the stories behind the images, please join Bill for an informal reception at the Hollingsworth Gallery on Saturday, May 25, from 1:30-3pm. Bill will discuss his work and share tips and tricks for photographing birds in flight and wildlife in the field. To see other stories in his monthly photo essays, you can visit his website at

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