We were sad to learn that respected birder and talented photographer Herb Clarke passed away on Saturday, April 5. You can read about Herb in this biography posted by his friend Don Roberson.
As I'm sure most of you, and certainly all of you bird photographers, know, Herb's photos graced the pages of many issues of Birder's World. Some of our favorites are below:
Herb's Golden-cheeked Warbler belongs at the top of the list. We thought it was the perfect choice for the opening photo of our story about Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park and Lake Buchanan, Texas, in our June 2005 issue.
Another favorite is this photo of a female Whip-poor-will fanning its tail. We used it to illustrate an "Up Close & Personal" feature in June 2003. Thanks to Herb's bird and photography expertise, you can see the buff-colored tail tips that are the field mark of a female.
We also like Herb's portrait of this pensive and beautiful Blackburnian Warbler, which we chose for a June 2004 story about birdwatching destinations in the Cumberland Gap region of the Appalachians. It reveals the bird. It shows its habitat. And it communicates the pleasure of being in the right place at the right time.
And then there's Herb's portrait of a Ruddy Duck, its reflection upside-down in the water below. We used it to illustrate a story in October 2003 about how the duck is threatening Europe's endangered White-headed Duck. The photo shows its subject twice, a species that can be viewed two ways. It's beautiful.
We send our regards to everyone who knew Herb. --E.M. and C.H