Photographer / Author: Elusive Birds • Wetlands & Wild Places


Smithsonian, Vol. 19 No. 5, August 1988.  

Portfolio of eight photographs, including cover.  Accompanying article, "Revealing the Secret Lives of the Little Phantoms of the Marshes," by S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary Emeritus.

Smithsonian, Vol. 26 No. 2, May 1995. 

Article, “Stalkers of the Marsh” (Bitterns), and six photographs (including cover). 

Smithsonian, Vol. 31 No. 4, July 2000. 

Article, “Nightjars Are Everywhere, But Just Try Finding One,” and eight photographs.


Smithsonian, Vol. 22 No. 5, August 1991.  Six photographs.  Accompanying article, "The Reptile and The Rail:  a War in the Pacific," by S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary Emeritus.

National Wildlife, Vol. 40 No. 2, February 2002. Article, “Hidden Treasures,” and eight photographs.

Audubon, Vol. 89 No. 5, September 1987.  Article, "Deceiving a Feathered Mouse," and four photographs.

Audubon, Vol. 84 No. 6, November 1982.  Portfolio of four photographs.

also: National Geographic (photography), Natural History (photography), and various other periodicals.


William Burt’s nearly 40 years of photography provides unique and extensive coverage of the following: 

  1. rare and elusive birds (rails & bitterns, nightjars, other marsh birds, etc.);
  2. birds of the wetlands, including close & unusual views on their home breeding grounds;
  3. downy young birds of the wetlands: especially grebes, ducks, shorebirds, herons;     
  4. large format (4x5) camera views of the natural scene: particularly of wetlands, rivers, streams. 

His photographs are used primarily in concert with his own books & articles and are available for editorial use as well.

To inquire, please contact William Burt by phone (860-434-8173) or by email.