john shewey

John Shewey

location-pin Salem, Oregon

Expertise: Birding

John Shewey

Author of Birds of the Pacific Northwest and The Hummingbird Handbook


Lifelong birding enthusiast John Shewey is a veteran writer, editor, and professional outdoor photographer, with credits in Birds & Blooms, Birdwatching, Portland Monthly, Northwest Travel & Life, and dozens of other magazines, and co-author of Birds of the Pacific Northwest, a Timber Press Field Guide, and The Hummingbird Handbook. John has photographed birds from the mountains of Alaska to the jungles of Central America to the islands of the Caribbean, and his website chronicles many of these travels in rich photographic detail.

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See a Violet-Crowned Hummingbird in the Southwest

Look for a violet-crowned hummingbird in Arizona and New Mexico. Learn what this bird looks like, what they sound like and where they nest.

How Do Hummingbirds Use Their Tongues and Beaks?

Scientists tried for years to understand how a hummingbird tongue and beak works. Discover the fascinating ways these tiny fliers use their tongues and beaks.

How Fast Do Hummingbirds Fly and Flap Their Wings?

Learn more about the breathtaking rapid wing speed of hummingbirds. An expert reveals how fast hummingbirds fly and flap their wings.