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Upcoming Shoots

>> July-August 2017 -- Lightning -- New Mexico, Colorado, & High Plains. Unscheduled; during time off work.

>> Early November 2017 -- Whooping Cranes -- Quivira NWR, Kansas. May take some days off work during peak this year.

>> Late January-Early February 2018 -- Winter Bird Photography Trip -- Texas Gulf Coast? Stay tuned.

(Updated June 23, 2017 10:01:48 am CT)

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Most Recent Shoots

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...
3 Jul 2017
Laverne-Woodward, OK Supercell & Canadian, TX Supercell
Synopsis: This was a long chase day, starting in Overland Park, KS after spending a couple days with family and friends over the weekend. I targeted L...
29 Jun 2017
Johnson, KS Mothership Supercell
Synopsis: This was another after work chase, and I was not going to make the same mistake I did on June 26th! Leaving immediately after work at 4pm, I...
26 Jun 2017
Leoti, KS LP Marginal Supercell
Synopsis: I originally decided not to chase after work, but after I woke up from a long nap at around 6pm, a supercell was rolling straight south near...
17 Jun 2017
Meade & Clark County, KS Supercell & Incredible Lightning
Synopsis: This was an after-work chase. I actually worked a couple hours of overtime until 7:30pm and chased right as I got off work. A new storm form...
16 Jun 2017
Aurora, NE LP Supercell
Synopsis: This was a very good chase day, which started slow and potentially a bust. I was limited to chasing southern Nebraska, since I had to go bac...
15 Jun 2017
Marginal supercell storm & lightning from Clarendon to Paducah, TX
Synopsis: This was a good chase, but not spectacular. Followed a marginal supercell storm southeast with decent structure but a lot of good cloud-to-g...
13 Jun 2017
Brief, marginal supercell near Wright, KS
Synopsis: This was a short-distance storm chase fairly close to home. Mid-afternoon storms formed just south of Dodge City, but they did not advance t...

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Sat, 9 Dec 2017 20:27:34 -0600
Late afternoon and early evening bird shoot at Quivira NWR. 19 November 2017

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

American Tree Sparrow

Snow Geese blastoff

Snow Geese blastoff
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Sat, 9 Dec 2017 20:22:34 -0600
Songbirds along the Harold F. Miller Auto Tour route at Salt Plains NWR, Oklahoma. 19 November 2017

Northern Cardinal

Brown Creeper

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Carolina Chickadee

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

(not a songbird!) Red-tailed Hawk

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Song Sparrow
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Sat, 9 Dec 2017 20:17:59 -0600
Sandhill Crane morning roost and flyout at Salt Plains NWR, Oklahoma. 19 November 2017





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Sat, 9 Dec 2017 20:12:22 -0600
A collection of Sandhill Crane images from early evening shoot at Salt Plains NWR, Oklahoma (2 of 2). 18 November 2017








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A collection of Sandhill Crane images from early evening shoot at Salt Plains NWR, Oklahoma (1 of 2). 18 November 2017









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Sat, 9 Dec 2017 19:58:20 -0600
Some sparrows below Clark SFL dam. 17 November 2017

Harriss Sparrows

White-throated Sparrow

Lincolns Sparrow
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Silhouette of a White-tailed Buck at Sunset. Great Plains NWR, Oklahoma. 18 November 2017
  
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Harris Sparrow foraging while doing the splits at Lake Scott State Park, KS. 20 November 2017
  
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A fairly late Lincoln's Sparrow at Clark State Fishing Lake, Kansas. 17 November 2017
  
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:08:03 -0600
New Yard Bird! ROCK WREN. Morning of 12 November 2017
I found this bird flitting around the small brush pile in my back yard. It would favor the brush pile and adjacent well pit cover, flying back and forth for about a half hour. I managed to get great shots of this bird from a distance of about 15 yards with my 600mm lens (on the Nikon D500)






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