John Sterling Wildlife Photography

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Welcome to my Photography Gallery. My name is John Sterling and I have been an active birder in California since 1971 (I started young!). My professional career has included many years as a staff avian ecologist at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and as an environmental consultant in California. I am currently working on a book on the status and distribution of the birds of California along with my duties as the President of the Central Valley Bird Club and of Sterling Wildlife Biology--my new business. I hope you enjoy my photographs.

As an independent biologist, I offer the following services: birding classes, guiding, environmental consulting, biological research and surveys, as well as selling photographs and natural history books. You may contact me at See my homepage at

Featured Galleries

Sterling's Bahama Birds

Updated: Aug 29, 2014 11:06am PST

Sterling's Puerto Rico Birds

Updated: Aug 12, 2014 6:08pm PST

Sterling's Recent Photos

highlights of recent photos from California and Canada

Updated: Aug 10, 2015 12:52pm PST


Eurasian Curlew in Argentina

First South American record that I found on 27 January 2010 and saw th ...

Updated: Feb 02, 2010 3:15pm PDT

Sterling's California Pelagic Wildlife

Seabirds, Marine Mammals, and fish on the ocean off California

Updated: Sep 20, 2011 2:08pm PDT

Sterling's California Birds

My better shots of California birds in the new taxonomic order. Will b ...

Updated: Feb 07, 2013 7:18pm PDT

Sterling's California Dragonflies and Damselflies

My attempt to photograph every species in California.

Updated: Oct 10, 2009 5:24pm PDT

Sterling's Rare California Birds

photographs documenting rare birds in California

Updated: Apr 04, 2011 10:10pm PDT

Framed Photos for Sale

Here are a few prints for sale, but I can sell just about any print fr ...

Updated: Aug 02, 2010 8:01pm PDT

Sterling's Yucatan Birds

Birds that I saw during a quick trip with my family in March 2007

Updated: Sep 12, 2009 2:44pm PDT

Sterling's Mexican Butterflies

Updated: Sep 12, 2009 3:16pm PDT

Sterling's Mexican Dragonflies

Updated: Sep 12, 2009 3:38pm PDT

Sterling's Thailand Birds

Trip in February 2006 with John Luther and Jim Lomax. My first attemp ...

Updated: Sep 13, 2009 10:17am PDT

Sterling's Thailand Butterflies

Updated: Sep 12, 2009 4:24pm PDT

Sterling's Thailand Dragonflies

Updated: Sep 12, 2009 4:38pm PDT

Sterling's Arizona Butterflies

Updated: Sep 12, 2009 4:49pm PDT

Sterling's Arizona Dragonflies

Updated: Sep 12, 2009 5:13pm PDT

Sterling's New Jersey Dragonflies

Updated: Sep 25, 2010 4:45pm PDT

Sterling's California Butterflies

Updated: Sep 12, 2009 6:23pm PDT

Sterling's New Jersey Birds

Photos taken while scouting for the World Series of Birding in May 200 ...

Updated: Sep 25, 2010 4:52pm PDT

Sterling's Yucatan

colonial buildings, Mayan ruins, Mayan artefacts etc

Updated: Feb 21, 2010 3:29pm PDT

Sterling's Tierra del Fuego to Antarctica

22 days in Ushuaia and boat trip to Falkland and South Georgia islands ...

Updated: Feb 21, 2010 5:02pm PDT

Sterling's Buenos Aires area Argentina

Five days in late January 2010, Entre Rios, Buenos Aires and San Cleme ...

Updated: Feb 19, 2010 4:46pm PDT

Sterling's Recent Photos

highlights of recent photos from California and Canada

Updated: Aug 10, 2015 12:52pm PDT


Updated: Jun 04, 2010 11:54pm PDT

Colombian Birds

Photographs from July 2010 trip to Cali, Colombia region

Updated: Jul 18, 2010 10:32pm PDT

Sumatra Birds

A few shots of birds during a week-long trip to Sumatra to survey bird ...

Updated: Mar 24, 2011 9:48pm PDT

Western Specialty bird subspecies/species

Updated: Jun 28, 2011 12:59pm PDT

Sterling's Panama Birds

From tours in May 2012 and July 2011 at the Canopy Tower Lodge and Can ...

Updated: May 23, 2013 9:14am PDT


Family trip to Kauai for a week in Dec. 2011

Updated: Dec 27, 2011 9:56pm PDT

Sterling's Arizona Birds

a few photos from two quick trips

Updated: Aug 24, 2011 9:13am PDT

Sterling's Philippine Birds

two weeks in Mindanao and near Manila, March 2012

Updated: Sep 05, 2012 10:41am PDT


Family Trip in early April 2013

Updated: Apr 08, 2013 3:13pm PDT

Sterling's British Birds Summer 2013

bird photos from family trip

Updated: Jan 01, 2014 6:54pm PDT

Sterling's Woodpeckers

photos of woodpeckers from around the world

Updated: Feb 17, 2014 4:06pm PDT

Sterling's Hawaiian Birds

Quick 5 day trip with Amy to visit friends and see some birds in Janua ...

Updated: Feb 01, 2014 4:59pm PDT

Alberta Canada

highlights from trip to Alberta Canada in July 2014

Updated: Jul 11, 2014 11:14am PDT

Sterling's Puerto Rico Birds

Updated: Aug 12, 2014 6:08pm PDT

Sterling's Bahama Birds

Updated: Aug 29, 2014 11:06am PDT