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About Diana Churchill


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Diana Churchill grew up in Savannah and developed an early love of the beaches, marsh, tidal creeks, and birds of the Low Country. She attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where she majored in Spanish. She took one formal class in ornithology and spent a month riding around the state of Florida watching birds. After graduating from the Boulder School of Massage Therapy, Diana moved to Massachusetts where she had a private massage practice for 17 years. There, she joined the Brookline Bird Club and got seriously hooked on birds - particularly the spring migration of songbirds. She got her bird education in the field, attending walks led by expert birders.

In 1997, Diana embarked on a 4 month mid-life adventure, traveling around Australia watching and photographing birds. This led, indirectly, to her return to Savannah in 1998, where she began working at Wild Birds Unlimited in February 1999. In 2001, she started writing "Birder's Eye View" for the Savannah Morning News. She has twice served as President of Ogeechee Audubon, and has led birding and natural history programs for Audubon, Georgia Ornithological Society, and Wilderness Southeast.

Diana started trying to photograph birds in the mid 1990s with a Canon Rebel film camera and a 75-300 lens. In 2001, she upgraded to Canon’s 100-400 IS lens, and in 2004, replaced her film camera with a Canon 20D. Currently, she uses a Canon 40D with the 100-400 IS lens.