Tommy Hakiel was born in Brooklyn and moved out to Long Island in 1952 at age 3. Growing up in West Islip when it was still about half developed, with lots of woodlands, stream, antes and wetlands, he spent many hours and days exploring the natural areas, where he developed a strong love of nature and wildlife. For the past 25 years, Tommy developed a love of photography and of nature. It became a passion, and he decided to exhibit in some of the libraries on Long Island as a way of teaching people about the wildlife on Long Island.


Tommy is a member of NWPLI (Nature and Wildlife Photographers of Long Island).


Below is a sample of his work titled "Morning Blues." This piece captures a Great Blue Heron In the Great River Wetlands on an early foggy morning.

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