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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 ...

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= Storm Chases & Shoots of January 2013 =



Location: Bosque del Apache NWR and Bernardo WA, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: This was my final shoot. There was a full moon set shortly before sunrise, and I got some interesting landscape shots of sleeping cranes on the Crane Pond with the moon and mountains in the background. Then it was more in-flights with some cool clouds not too long after sunrise. After that, I stopped by Bernardo Wildlife Areas to get some last shots before making the long drive home.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 12
Synopsis: Even though I got out and photographed during the morning, the light was crappy as there were too many clouds. There were some off and on sprinkles as well through the bulk of the day. Late in the afternoon, however, there was a pretty heavy shower that moved in not too long after I set up for a shoot at the typical spot north of the Flight Deck. I waited through some fairly heavy showers, but as the sun lowered, it began to peek through and a brilliant rainbow resulted. I captured some awesome images of the brilliant rainbow with the first group of cranes that had settled in to roost. One such image I titled "Cranebow".




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 9
Synopsis: The morning shoot concentrated more on behavioral shots of Sandhill Crane, including the classic stick-tossing, head-bobbing behavior. Before that, I got some pretty cool back light from sunrise at Flight Deck. Also photographed my first Bufflehead at the Crane Ponds. The evening shoot was awesome, I picked a great spot for some incredible landing shots, including an image I titled "Sandhill Silhouette".




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR and Bernardo WA, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 7
Synopsis: Finally, some good clouds came in to provide a much better backdrop for in-flights. I focused once again on the Crane Ponds in the good morning light. I got some more fun behavorial images as well. Later in the afternoon and evening, I met up with another photographer I met on the Fred Miranda forum (TrenchMonkey) at Bernardo wildlife area for a shoot of Sandhill Cranes there.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 10
Synopsis: The morning shoot and evening shoot were both focused on the Crane Ponds. The morning shoot included more in-flights of cranes as well as some behavioral shots. After that, there were some Northern Shovelers close by at the Crane Pond which made for some nice images. Was concentrating on backlight shots at the Crane Pond, but nothing too exciting... until sunset. An amazing sunset with some clouds finally, provided for excellent wildlife-in-landscape scenes at the Crane Pond.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 6
Synopsis: This was my first full day at Bosque. The morning shoot was at the Crane Ponds just outside the refuge. The sky was clear, limiting good backgrounds for the in-flights. Photographed a small fly-out of Snow Geese at around 930am local time. The sunset shoot just north of the Flight Deck was pretty good, but again no clouds.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 5
Synopsis: This was my first day at Bosque del Apache. I arrived early in the afternoon and started off by driving the Marsh Loop, which is the south part of refuge. I got some Pintail images and some nice shots of a group of Mule Deer, including a nice buck. After that, I got some initial Sandhill Crane shots and scouted where to do my first sunset shoot. Just north of the Flight Deck along the shore was where the primary roosting spot was for both Sandhill Crane and Snow Geese. I had some pretty good light for the sunset shoot, and came away with some decent images for the first day.




Location: Northern Ford County, KS

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 2
Synopsis: This wasn't that great of a shoot. I visited my neighbor's private pond (Paradise) and did not see much wildlife. My best images were of a Northern Flicker high up in a tree. Other than that, I did notice several Rough-legged Hawks feeding on some carrion between my house and Paradise on 112 Rd. just south of Eagle Rd. I managed to get a couple in-flight images of one of the hawks.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 6
Synopsis: Second day of my little in-flight trial shoot of house finches. I set up a perch near the feeder in hopes of nailing some jump-off images from the primary perch. Again, only marginal success, but I also got some decent non-action perch images of my House Finches.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 3
Synopsis: I attempted to photograph some in-flights of my regular House Finches, with some marginal success. I got maybe two marginal keeper shots from this little trial shoot.




Location: Private pond, northern Ford County, KS

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 17
Synopsis: I decided to photograph this Wilson's Snipe I had noticed on my time-lapse cam I set up at a private pond. It was occurring regularly near the spring that feeds the pond, and I went out early this morning in hopes it was still there. It was, and I managed to get some decent images in the cold weather (temperatures were in the mid to upper teens!)




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