About - James Vellozzi Nature Photography

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 focuses primarily on avian subjects, but has recently expanded his talent to encompass native flora and scenery. He graduated from Rutgers University with a science degree in Natural Resource Management and Ecology. Since that time James has worked as field biologist for several conservation organizations including the National Park Service. He has also worked as an ornithologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society in the greater NY area. James has recently completed his MS in Education and is now pursuing a career as an Earth Science & Biology professor.

James first discovered his passion for ornithology and natural science when he stumbled upon his first Robin nest in 1985. Since that time he has mastered bird vocalization, ecology and identification of nearly all Eastern North American birds. In addition to avian ecology James continues to work as a consultant with Fordham University where he continues work in research  studying 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 purchasing photos, ecological consulting, or publication use, please contact James 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)