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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

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...
3 Dec 2016
Morning and afternoon backyard bird shoot
Synopsis: A backyard setup shoot of some of my regular birds on a rather cloudy day. It was more of an experimental shoot with my new D500 paired with...
25 Nov 2016
Songbirds at Overland Park Arboretum
Synopsis: This was my first visit to the Overland Park Arboretum. I went out there with my brother and his girlfriend (they and I were in town for Tha...
17 Nov 2016
Fall Migration Shoot at Quivira NWR
Synopsis: I did a morning and afternoon shoot at Quivira NWR. The morning was far more productive, where I photographed an amazing 11 Whooping Cranes ...
8 Nov 2016
Morning hike & shoot at Ford County Lake
Synopsis: On this morning hike, about two hours in total around the upper end of the lake, I came across Harris's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Juncos, Ameri...
4 Nov 2016
Morning hike & shoot at Ford County Lake
Synopsis: A beautiful, crisp fall morning for a hike around the upper end of Ford County Lake. Did a little foliage and native grass photography in th...
21 Oct 2016
Testing new camera gear at Ford County Lake
Synopsis: I took the new camera gear I had just recently purchased out for a test shoot this afternoon. Even though the birding was slow, I came acros...
4 Oct 2016
Maize, KS Supercell
Synopsis: This was my one fall storm chase of 2016. I first chased some early afternoon storms up along I-70, but never did any photography of those s...
17 Aug 2016
Morning Backyard Hummingbird Shoot
Synopsis: In mid-August, I had a brief one-week or so visit of a few hummingbirds at my backyard wildlife garden. On this morning, I photographed a Ru...

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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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Sun, 12 Feb 2017 17:13:11 -0600
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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Thu, 9 Feb 2017 21:41:05 -0600
Assortment of images from Day 2 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 28 January 2017

Frosted trees at the top of Sandia Crest, NM

Black Rosy-Finch

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

Frosted trees at the top of Sandia Crest, NM

Mallard (drake)

Redhead (drake)

American Wigeon (drake)

Ring-necked Duck (drake)

Northern Shoveler (drake)
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Thu, 9 Feb 2017 21:22:01 -0600
Assortment of images from Day 1 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 27 January 2017

Pied-billed Grebe

Canvasback (drake)

Northern Shovelers (drakes)

Wood Duck (drake)

Wood Duck (hen)

Canvasback (drake)

Lesser Scaup (drake)

Mallard (drake)

Pied-billed Grebe

Northern Pintail (drake)
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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:12:05 -0600
Black-necked Stilt at the Gilbert Water Ranch, AZ. 17 January 2016
  
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