Mike Umscheid Photography & Storm Chase Blog
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Upcoming Shoots

>> February 15-25, 2018 -- Raptors, Waterfowls, and more! -- Southern California, incl. San Diego, Lake Hodges, and Irvine areas.

>> March-April 2018 -- Waterfowl Spring Migration -- Local hotspots in western and central Kansas.

>> Early-Mid June 2018 -- Supercell Thunderstorms -- Annual storm chase vacation.

(Updated December 24, 2017 6:45:53 pm CT)

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Most Recent Shoots

20 Nov 2017
Early Morning Songbird Shoot (Harris's Sparrow)
Synopsis: My primary objective was to photograph two rare birds that had been observed the day before: Pygmy Nuthatch and Pacific Wren. I was unable t...
19 Nov 2017
Separate Morning (Salt Plains) and Afternoon (Quivira) Bird Shoots
Synopsis: I started off this shoot at sunrise in the observation blind at Salt Plains NWR. The Sandhill Cranes were a bit more distant from the blind ...
18 Nov 2017
Sandhill Crane Late Afternoon Shoot
Synopsis: This was my first ever visit to this refuge, and my emphasis was on Sandhill Cranes which typically roost in a fairly large bay on the north...
17 Nov 2017
Late Afternoon Sparrows
Synopsis: During this late afternoon shoot, I photographed several species of sparrows, including a late Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, an...
12 Nov 2017
Rock Wren Visits My Backyard!
Synopsis: This was a spontaneous shoot as I noticed an unusual bird flitting around the brush pile in my backyard. Sure enough, it was a Rock Wren whi...
1 Nov 2017
Morning Shoot of Whooping Cranes and More
Synopsis: This shoot was not too terribly successful, as I was without my 600mm lens since it was in the shop being repaired after the auto-focus moto...
15 Oct 2017
Fall Sparrow Migration
Synopsis: My primary emphasis on this shoot was Le Conte's Sparrow, which are a specialty in mid to late October in marshy habitat of eastern Kansas, ...
4 Sep 2017
Sunspots through smoke-laden sky at sunset
Synopsis: Western wildfires brought a blanket of high level smoke across the High Plains, providing a red sunset. Sunspots were photographed without t...
21 Aug 2017
Total Solar Eclipse
Synopsis: The much anticipated total solar eclipse was a total success. High clouds remained just south and east of our target area near Oconto. I man...
5 Aug 2017
Last Chance, CO Marginal Supercell
Synopsis: This was a somewhat successful storm chase, intercepting a storm with marginal supercell characteristics in a west-northwest flow environmen...

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Mon, 21 May 2018 15:14:51 -0500
Cinnamon Teal hen take off capture. Irvine, CA. 24 February 2018
  
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Red Crossbills making a temporary home around the Umscheid Estate! Images from 9 April 2018
Red Crossbills, with as many as 19 individual birds, have been regularly
visiting my feeding station 5 miles north of Dodge City. On the morning
of April 9th, I photographed these birds along with other regulars such
as Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, and even some Pine Siskin.













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-Blade Of Teal- Cinnamon Teal drake in flight captured with downstroke clipping the water. Irvine, CA. 24 February 2018
  
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Redhead drake and hen pair at Hain SFL. 13 March 2018
  
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Sat, 7 Apr 2018 15:56:17 -0500
Assortment of images from Day 5 of 9 (post 2 of 2 from this day) -- 2018 SoCal bird photography trip. 20 February 2018

Spotted Sandpiper foraging

Western Gull

Western Gull

Black Phoebe

Whimbrel

Brandts Cormorant

Snowy Egret

Brandts Cormorant

Brandts Cormorant with chicks

Brandts Cormorant
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Sat, 7 Apr 2018 15:41:25 -0500
Assortment of images from Day 5 of 9 (post 1 of 2 from this day) -- 2018 SoCal bird photography trip. 20 February 2018

Feeding frenzy over the Pacific

Brown Pelican in-flight

Brown Pelican preparing to land

Pelicans and cormorants in a classic La Jolla setting

Song Sparrow

Brown Pelican

Snowy Egret watching the waves crashing

Snowy Egret with breakfast

Spotted Sandpiper
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Sat, 7 Apr 2018 15:31:41 -0500
Assortment of images from Day 4 of 9 -- 2018 SoCal bird photography trip. 19 February 2018

An angry Osprey

Osprey in-flight

Pied-billed Grebe

Wood Duck (drake)

Wood Duck (hen)

Wood Duck (drake)

Belted Kingfisher

Cinnamon Teal (drake)

Ring-necked Duck (drake)
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Thu, 5 Apr 2018 19:55:15 -0500
5 Red Crossbills (2M, 3F) at my backyard feeding station! 27 March 2018
  
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Assortment of images from Day 3 of 9 -- 2018 SoCal bird photography trip. 18 February 2018

Western Grebes

Clarks Grebe

Western Grebes

Western Grebe (portrait)

Western Grebes (rushing)

Western Grebes

Western Grebes (rushing)

Clarks Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Annas Hummingbird

Ridgways Rail

Blue-winged Teal (mating pair)

Blue-winged Teal drake
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Assortment of images from Day 2 of 9 -- 2018 SoCal bird photography trip. 17 February 2018

Pygmy Nuthatch

Western Bluebird

Stellers Jay

California Scrub-Jay
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