Husband to a beautiful wife, Darlene. Father to great kids (three hers, two mine) Deanna, Jennifer, Michelle, Jesse and Jessica. A birder since age 12 and instantly hooked. Always interested in nature and natural things- I feel a kinship with it. I am the only birder in my family. I consider myself a birder with a camera. Photographing birds is not the focus of my outings.

Almiyi is the Chumash Indian word for "condor" and since I have of Chumash blood coursing through my veins, it seemed like a good moniker, although I'm not certain how to say it. Photography is a secondary hobby and allows me to capture birds in their natural world for later study. I also enjoy painting, drawing and illustrating birds, some of which have been published.

Copying my photos is allowed under the Creative Commons license. Please let me know about it when you do.

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Jamie Chavez
May 2006
I am:
Male and Taken
Santa Barbara County Birding