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Scott's interest in photographing nature stems from a childhood exploring the woods and shorelines near his home on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. It was not until later, after he discovered a passion for birds, that he began developing as a naturalist.

After graduating with a degree in economics, he picked up a camera for the first time and quickly became engrossed in making photographs.

In 1992 he co-founded an organization called the Tobeatic Wilderness Committee (TWC). The TWC was fighting to protect the largest virgin wilderness in the Canadian Maritime Provinces. It was at this point that Scott began to see how the power of photography and words could achieve conservation goals and educate the public about the natural world. His photographs and articles were used extensively to win the support of Canadians for the Tobeatic's preservation. In 1995, the 250,000 acre Tobeatic Wilderness was designated as a protected wilderness area.
In addition to his topside work, he has over 3000 dives as a photographer, a diving instructor, and a commercial sea urchin diver in Canada's Bay of Fundy. But throughout his career, birds and invertebrates have been and continue to be his main passion.

Scott has won several awards for photography and writing, including two recent Atlantic Journalism Awards, a nomination for a Canadian National Magazine Award, and The DOPPS International Bird Photography competition in Europe, among others.

Scott's work has been published in dozens of publications throughout the world. He is author and photographer of five books including Bay of Fundy: A Natural Portrait; Wetland Birds of North America; Woodland Birds of North America; Sea and Shorebirds of North America; and Grassland and Desert Birds of North America (the last coming out in the spring of 2009). He lives with his wife Paula on the edge of the Nova Scotia wilderness in Bear River.
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) male in breeding plumage, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301294 American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) male in breeding plumage, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Common Teal (Anas crecca) juvenile group, Belleisle Marsh, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00420411 Common Teal (Anas crecca) juvenile group, Belleisle Marsh, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) flying, Granville Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301143 Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) flying, Granville Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) juvenile, Florida  -  Scott Leslie
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00551214 American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) juvenile, Florida© Scott Leslie
Adirondack chairs along river in winter, Mersey River, Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada
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00560928 Adirondack chairs along river in winter, Mersey River, Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) male calling, Maine
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00560920 Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) male calling, Maine© Scott Leslie
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) trees in autumn, Mount Carleton Provincial Park, New Brunswick, Canada
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00565304 Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) trees in autumn, Mount Carleton Provincial Park, New Brunswick, Canada© Scott Leslie
Cape Forchu Lightstation, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Gulf of Maine, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00499887 Cape Forchu Lightstation, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Gulf of Maine, Canada© Scott Leslie
Common Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum), Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00525322 Common Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum), Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Bumblebee (Bombus sp) feeding on flower nectar, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00538353 Bumblebee (Bombus sp) feeding on flower nectar, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) in winter with berries, Maine  -  Scott Leslie
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00546195 American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) in winter with berries, Maine© Scott Leslie
Key Deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium) buck feeding on yard waste, National Key Deer Refuge, Florida  -  Scott Leslie
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00551248 Key Deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium) buck feeding on yard waste, National Key Deer Refuge, Florida© Scott Leslie
Atlantic Wolffish (Anarhichas lupus), Gros Morne National Park, Newfloundland, Canada
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00558383 Atlantic Wolffish (Anarhichas lupus), Gros Morne National Park, Newfloundland, Canada© Scott Leslie
American Lobster (Homarus americanus), Passamaquoddy Bay, Maine
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00558424 American Lobster (Homarus americanus), Passamaquoddy Bay, Maine© Scott Leslie
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) male calling, Maine
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00560904 Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) male calling, Maine© Scott Leslie
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) male calling, Maine
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00560917 Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) male calling, Maine© Scott Leslie
Oak (Quercus sp) trees in winter, Nova Scotia, Canada
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00560925 Oak (Quercus sp) trees in winter, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Cliffs, Spillars Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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00563795 Cliffs, Spillars Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada© Scott Leslie
Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) mothers and lambs, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
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00570774 Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) mothers and lambs, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada© Scott Leslie
Ferns emerging from charred forest floor after recent fire, Nova Scotia, Canada
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00570937 Ferns emerging from charred forest floor after recent fire, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Sweat Bee (Halictus sp) feeding on Lupine (Lupinus sp) flower nectar, Maine
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00571708 Sweat Bee (Halictus sp) feeding on Lupine (Lupinus sp) flower nectar, Maine© Scott Leslie
Fish group schooling, Bonaire, Caribbean  -  Scott Leslie
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00301121 Fish group schooling, Bonaire, Caribbean© Scott Leslie
Northern Green Frog (Rana clamitans melanota) in pond, West Stoney Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301375 Northern Green Frog (Rana clamitans melanota) in pond, West Stoney Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) in winter with berries, Maine  -  Scott Leslie
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00546193 American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) in winter with berries, Maine© Scott Leslie
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) male calling from atop cattails, Belleisle Marsh, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301163 Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) male calling from atop cattails, Belleisle Marsh, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) spreading its wings, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301140 Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) spreading its wings, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) on pond edge holding egg shell, Belleisle Marsh, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301160 Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) on pond edge holding egg shell, Belleisle Marsh, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) bark peeling, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00420416 Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) bark peeling, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) female, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301147 Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) female, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) nesting colony, Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301115 Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) nesting colony, Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland, Canada© Scott Leslie
MacKenzie River valley, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00420420 MacKenzie River valley, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Damselfly (Lestidae) on reed, West Stoney Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301354 Damselfly (Lestidae) on reed, West Stoney Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Northern Green Frog (Rana clamitans melanota), West Stoney Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301359 Northern Green Frog (Rana clamitans melanota), West Stoney Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) mother and chick, Amherst Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301234 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) mother and chick, Amherst Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Shorthorn Sculpin (Myoxocephalus scorpius) on ocean bottom, Tilt Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301263 Shorthorn Sculpin (Myoxocephalus scorpius) on ocean bottom, Tilt Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada© Scott Leslie
Lion's Mane (Cyanea capillata) jellyfish, Atlantic Ocean, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301208 Lion's Mane (Cyanea capillata) jellyfish, Atlantic Ocean, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) female standing in pond, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301151 Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) female standing in pond, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) gathering pollen with pollen baskets on legs, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301134 Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) gathering pollen with pollen baskets on legs, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Marsh with reeds and lily pads surrounding a pond, West Stoney Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301369 Marsh with reeds and lily pads surrounding a pond, West Stoney Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) portrait, Moschelle, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301223 Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) portrait, Moschelle, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Northern Green Frog (Rana clamitans melanota), West Stony Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301192 Northern Green Frog (Rana clamitans melanota), West Stony Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Pitcher Plant (Sarraceniaceae) flowering in bog, Miscou Island, New Brunswick, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00420408 Pitcher Plant (Sarraceniaceae) flowering in bog, Miscou Island, New Brunswick, Canada© Scott Leslie
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) male singing, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301308 Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) male singing, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Sundew (Drosera sp) leaf and sticky tentacles, West Stoney Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301268 Sundew (Drosera sp) leaf and sticky tentacles, West Stoney Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) portrait, Codroy Valley, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301257 Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) portrait, Codroy Valley, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada© Scott Leslie
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) landing near nest cavity with partner calling, Tobeatic Wilderness Area, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301269 Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) landing near nest cavity with partner calling, Tobeatic Wilderness Area, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Green-striped Darner (Aeshna verticalis) dragonfly close up showing composite eyes, New Brunswick, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00420410 Green-striped Darner (Aeshna verticalis) dragonfly close up showing composite eyes, New Brunswick, Canada© Scott Leslie
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) flying, Codroy, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301168 Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) flying, Codroy, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada© Scott Leslie
North River flowing through forest, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00420190 North River flowing through forest, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Dwarf Dogwood (Cornus canadensis) ground cover, Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00420191 Dwarf Dogwood (Cornus canadensis) ground cover, Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
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