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24 Apr 2017
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography Trip (Day 3)
Synopsis: Day 3 of this trip started at Ash Canyon B&B where I photographed at a new photo blind on the property. It was a very windy morning, althoug...
23 Apr 2017
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography Trip (Day 2)
Synopsis: Day 2 of this trip started in the Battiste BB&B backyard at Tony's photography setup. This was quite productive with a a few gallery-worthy ...
22 Apr 2017
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography Trip (Day 1)
Synopsis: Day 1 of this short trip started out in Portal in the morning, where I photographed feeder birds at a feeding station just northeast of Port...
15 Apr 2017
LP Supercell near Protection, KS
Synopsis: An awesome LP supercell was photographed this day, one of the better LP storms I have photographed in quite some time. The sunset colors and...
14 Apr 2017
Photogenic supercell at sunset near Sumner, NE
Synopsis: Managed to get some good images of a late-developing supercell storm near Sumner, NE. The storm had fairly decent tiered structure for a tim...

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= Storm Chases & Shoots of November 2012 =



Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, KS

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 2
Synopsis: This was a brief shoot at Quivira on my way back home after visiting Kansas City and Squaw Creek NWR. On this shoot, I found a large flock of light geese (mainly Snow Geese) on the Little Salt Marsh. They were too far away for any decent images. On NE 170th Rd. on the north side of the refuge, I came across a nice white-tailed buck just after sunset, who was very tame allowing for some nice looks and images.




Location: Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, MO

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 5
Synopsis: This was my first visit and shoot at Squaw Creek. I got my first taste at photographing Bald Eagles and Trumpeter Swans with some marginal success. I joined up with Mike Hollingshead in the hours following sunrise and we spent some time photographing Bald Eagles in flight. The Snow Geese were not using Squaw Creek, but another lake off refuge for the most part.




Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, KS

Shoot type: Landscape
# of images: 0
Synopsis: Focusing initially on wildlife, this was largely an unsuccessful shoot given the ongoing drought and lack of water at the time on the refuge. Big Salt Marsh was essentially dry with only pockets of water found near Wildlife Drive. I turned the shoot into more of a drought-landscape shoot after sunrise. I did observe and photograph a couple of Bald Eagles and Sandhill Cranes from a distance.




Location: near my house north of Dodge City, KS

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: I joined up with my friend John Kisner near his house where he had been observing several deer, including some nice bucks, foraging close to sunset in a small wheat field patch along a creek adjacent where he lives. One buck in particular offered some nice views providing for some decent images.




Location: 5 Miles northwest of Dodge City, KS

Shoot type:
# of images: 27
Synopsis: My neighbors and I documented the shooting and exploding of 4 pumpkins of all sizes.




Location: Private land north of Dodge City, KS

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: A flock of around 100 Lapland Longspurs were flying around the pond on the private land I photographed on this autumn day.




Location: My house

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: Nothing much other than house finches. One finch in particular was trying to drink from the end of the makeshift dripper I had set up, which was kind of humorous looking.




Location: Clark Co. SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: I birded with Jeff Calhoun at Clark State Fishing Lake. We observed and photographed a Barred Owl, which is fairly uncommon for this far west. Later on we spotted a Western Grebe through Jeffs spotting scope out on the lake, but it was too far out to photograph.




Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, KS

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 3
Synopsis: Another awesome morning shoot, out with Jim Glynn again. I photographed an amazing sunrise then focused my attention to some Sandhill Cranes that were gathered on a small marsh northwest of Big Salt Marsh. Later in the morning, we investigated Little Salt Marsh where we counted 18 Whooping Cranes! All these cranes took flight at once headed south out of the refuge. Jim and I chased the cranes south about 10 miles or so. I managed to get 16 Whoopers in one frame in flight -- a truly one-of-a-king shot!




Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 3
Synopsis: I was out shooting with Jim Glynn when we came across three Whooping Cranes on the mud flats north of NE 170th St. We sat there and photographed them from a distance when all of a sudden the three of them took flight...headed straight in our direction! They flew nearly directly overhead providing for some awesome looks at this majestic, endangered species!




Location: Jetmore City Lake, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: At the Jetmore City Lake, the light was pretty good this evening, providing for nice images of a Long-billed Dowitcher that was foraging near the west shore of the lake. I also photographed a white-tailed buck in the distance about 20 minutes earlier.




Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: Not much success at Quivira NWR this morning as I tried to spot some Whooping Cranes. None were found, but did manage to photograph a nice looking white-tailed doe after sunrise in good light.




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