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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 February 2013 =



Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: This was probably my best backyard bird shoot to date. I set up in a deck chair about 15 yards away from where most of the action was at near my deck. I got some close images of a Western Meadowlark which contrasted wonderfully against the snow. Harris's Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, and Red-bellied Woodpecker were also photographed well.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 6
Synopsis: A snowstorm provided a nice backdrop for the feeder birds. I temporarily moved my feeding station to my deck so I could get a better view of the birds during the storm. I photographed some of the birds during the storm, but the main photography was after the storm cleared and the sun came out before sunset. One of the best takes from this shoot was of a pair of Dark-eyed Juncos displaying toward each other, which was a cool behavioral scene.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: A Red-bellied Woodpecker made some sporadic visits in January and February, and I decided to photograph the bird this morning. This woodpecker was feeding on Black-oil Sunflower seed.




Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, KS

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 13
Synopsis: A fairly productive morning of photography birding along Wildlife Drive/NE 170th and vicinity. Birds photographed included Pintail, Canada Goose, Mallard, immature Bald Eagle, American Tree Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Northern Harrier, Northern Cardinal, Downy Woodpecker, and Cedar Waxwing.




Location: Ford County southeast of Dodge City, KS

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 3
Synopsis: I went on a morning birding trip with Jeff Calhoun. The highlight of the birding was a Barn Owl which I successfully photographed in-flight in pretty good morning light. Other birds seen, but not photographed well included Black-billed Magpie and a Merlin.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, and Goldfinches were photographed on this morning shoot.




Other storm chases that busted/no photography in