Husband to a beautiful wife, Darlene. Father to great kids (mine and hers) Deanna, Jennifer, Michelle, Jesse and Jessica. My two dogs, Molly the lab and Ellie the Boxer-Border Collie mix are also members of the family. 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.

Almiyi is the Chumash Indian word for "condor" and since I have a percentage 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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Name:
Jamie Chavez
Joined:
May 2006
I am:
Male and Taken
Website:
Santa Barbara County Birding