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Upcoming Shoots

>> Early Spring 2017 -- Ducks -- Southwest & Central Kansas, as time and work schedule permits late February-April

>> Spring 2017 -- Songbird Migration -- Sierra Vista, Southeast Arizona, April 22-24

>> Spring & Summer 2017 -- Supercell Thunderstorms -- Great Plains, as time and work schedule permits April-August

>> Late Spring 2017 -- Annual Storm Chase Vacation -- Great Plains, specific dates to be determined

(Updated February 12, 2017 6:17:29 pm CT)

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Most Recent Shoots

3 Feb 2017
New Mexico Bird Photography Trip (Day 8)
Synopsis: Fifth and final morning shooting at the Crane Ponds. Good long-exposure crane departure images again in good light. Spent quite a bit of tim...
2 Feb 2017
New Mexico Bird Photography Trip (Day 7)
Synopsis: Fourth morning at the Crane Ponds. Emphasis on long-exposure Sandhill Crane departure with decent luck. Drove around the loop route after th...
1 Feb 2017
New Mexico Bird Photography Trip (Day 6)
Synopsis: Third morning at the Crane Ponds for more Snow Geese and Sandhill Crane departure. I decided to hang around and shoot Northern Shoveler and ...
31 Jan 2017
New Mexico Bird Photography Trip (Day 5)
Synopsis: Second morning at the Crane Ponds, where emphasis was once again on Snow Geese and Sandhill Crane departure. Good light for the second morni...
30 Jan 2017
New Mexico Bird Photography Trip (Day 4)
Synopsis: Sunrise shoot at the Crane Ponds. Snow geese were fairly close to photographer row, so managed to get some good images, including long expos...
29 Jan 2017
New Mexico Bird Photography Trip (Day 3)
Synopsis: I did another morning waterfowl shoot at Bosque Ponds where birds included Mallard, Northern Pintail, Common Merganser (hen), Lesser Scaup. ...
28 Jan 2017
New Mexico Bird Photography Trip (Day 2)
Synopsis: I made an early morning drive up to Sandia Crest to photograph the reliable rosy-finches, then in the evening I did another waterfowl shoot ...
27 Jan 2017
New Mexico Bird Photography Trip (Day 1)
Synopsis: Emphasis on waterfowl photography (morning and evening), mostly at the Bosque Ponds, where I got good images of Northern Shoveler, Mallard, ...
30 Dec 2016
Winter Day Shoot at Squaw Creek NWR
Synopsis: This was my one visit to the refuge in Winter 2016-17. I made the trip to Kansas City for New Years and decided to spend a day shooting Bald...
4 Dec 2016
Lewis's Woodpecker Shoot
Synopsis: A Lewis's Woodpecker, which is considered rare in Kansas (especially anywhere east of far southwestern Kansas), was first reported in late N...

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Sun, 9 Apr 2017 22:36:53 -0500
Early evening setup shoot with House Finches. My backyard. 6 April 2017






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Fri, 7 Apr 2017 18:46:04 -0500
A more carefully processed image of drake Hooded Merganser at Hain SFL. 6 April 2017
  
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Hooded Merganser and Ruddy Duck early this morning at Hain SFL. 6 April 2017





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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:30:22 -0600
Assortment of images from Day 8 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 3 February 2017

Sandhill Cranes in motion, departing roost

Sandhill Cranes about to take flight from roost

Drake Northern Shoveler

Drake Northern Shoveler

Drake Northern Shoveler

Drake Northern Shoveler

Drake Cinnamon Teal

Drake Northern Shovelers

Drake Cinnamon Teal

Drake Cinnamon Teal

Trio of drake Cinnamon Teal

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

Western Meadowlark

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes about to land at roost

Sandhill Cranes about to land at roost
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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:05:54 -0600
Assortment of images from Day 7 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 2 February 2017

Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese in Landscape before sunrise

Sandhill Crane in motion, departing roost

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes in their leaning posture about to take flight

Sandhill Cranes, some morning goofing around

Ross's Goose

Snow Goose in flight

Ross's Geese with a few Snow Geese mixed in

Large gathering of primarily Snow Geese, with a few Ross's Geese

Sandhill Crane amongst Snow Geese

Birds in landscape shot at Bernardo Wildlife Area

Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes

Long exposure showing Snow Geese in motion taking flight
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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:51:43 -0600
Assortment of images from Day 6 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 1 February 2017

Snow Geese in motion

Sandhill Crane

Snow Geese

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes

Drake Northern Shoveler

Drake Cinnamon Teal

Drake Cinnamon Teal

Drake Northern Shoveler

Drake and hen Northern Shoveler

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane corn cob toss

Sandhill Crane parents dancing with immature learning and imitating

Sandhill Cranes in motion
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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:39:51 -0600
First waterfowl shoot of the season with the floating blind at Hain SFL. 21 February 2017

Drake Redhead

Drake Redhead

Drake Gadwall

Drake Gadwall

Drake Redhead and American Coot

Drake Redhead

Hen and Drake Gadwall

Drake Gadwall

Drake Ring-necked Ducks
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Assortment of images from Day 5 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 31 January 2017

Snow Geese

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Snow Geese

Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese

Sandhill Crane with Snow Geese

Sandhill Crane

Ruddy Duck (hen)

Ruddy Ducks (drakes)

Northern Pintail wingflap (drake)

Ruddy Duck (drake)

Sandhill Cranes in backlight

Sandhill Cranes
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Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:45:53 -0600
Assortment of images from Day 4 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 30 January 2017

Snow goose in motion (long exposure)

Snow Geese

Snow Goose

Rosss Geese

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Ring-necked Duck (hen)

Northern Shovelers (drakes)

Northern Pintail (drake)

Northern Pintail (drake)

American Kestrel

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Crane
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Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:08:05 -0600
Assortment of images from Day 3 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 29 January 2017

Common Merganser (hen)

Common Merganser (hen)

Common Merganser (hen)

Lesser Scaup (drake)

Lesser Scaup (drake)

Lesser Scaup (drake)

Marsh Wren

Mule Deer (does)

Northern Harrier (female)

Says Phoebe

Northern Shoveler (1st winter drake)

Northern Shoveler (1st winter drake)

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane
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