About James Vellozzi

Each fall I run a small water drip on the thin barrier beach of Fire Island.   Surrounded by salt water and sandy soils, my water pans are the only fresh water migrant passerines encounter on their arduous journeys south. On a good morning after a heavy night flight this thin barrier beach lying along the Atlantic Ocean can trap many migrant songbirds.  On some notable days I have had up to 25 Swainsons Thrushes jumping around my water drip.


James Vellozzi has been photographing birds and wildlife since 2000. James likes to focus much of his photography on avian subjects especially passerines in controlled settings.   He graduated from Rutgers University with a science degree in Natural Resource Management and Ecology. Since then James has worked as a field biologist for several conservation organizations including the National Park System. He has also worked as an ornithologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society in the greater New York area. James is currently employed as a public school teacher teaching high school students biology and geography.

James first discovered his passion for ornithology and natural sciences as a child when he found his first Robin nest at the age ten.   Since then  he has learned to master bird vocalizations, ecology and identification of nearly all  North American bird species.  James also continues to work as a consultant with Fordham University as a lab technician conducting assisting research in vector ecology associated with mosquitoes and ticks. In 2006 James made the first historical breeding record of Northern Saw Whet owl in Westchester County, NY. This discovery made the front page newspaper and featured three of his owl photos.

For information about using photos for publication  please contact him at jamesvellozzi@gmail.com  

Photographic publications:

  • Westchester / Rockland Journal News, May 2006
  • Metropolitan Conservation Alliance, WCS. Tech paper series 13 and web site. 2006
  • New England Journal of Medicine, Early Lyme Disease, 2006

Photographic Equipment:

* Nikon 500 VR Lens * Nikon 400 2.8 Lens * Wimbery Tripod Head * Gitzo Tripod * Outhouse Ground Blind, Shepards Hooks, Tension Clamps (For set up photography)