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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 April 2013 =



Location: Paradise (Private land), Northern Ford County, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: Species photographed included Western Kingbird, Chipping Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Dowitcher sp., Baird's Sandpiper, Horned Lark




Location: Horsethief Reservoir, Hodgeman County, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 2
Synopsis: Species photographed included Eastern Kingbird, Tree Swallow, a small group of Double-crested Cormorants in flight, Horned Lark, and an American Kestrel feeding on its recent kill.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 2
Synopsis: A rare late-April snowstorm allowed for unique opportunity of photographing American Goldfinches and Harris's Sparrows in their breeding plumage.




Location: near St. Francis, Kansas

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 3
Synopsis: After debating two target areas, I made a late decision to head northwest toward my northern target around Goodland, KS. I arrived on-scene of a supercell northwest of Goodland in the early evening, but the supercell structure did not last all that long and evolved into a non-supercell severe storm with some other storms forming around it toward sunset.




Location: From near LaCrosse to near Great Bend, Kansas

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 7
Synopsis: This was the first storm chase of the season. I ran into 2-inch diameter hail west of LaCrosse, but the best images of the chase came from later on as the storm entered Barton County. I got some pretty good images of the storm structure from behind in nice sunset light.




Other storm chases that busted/no photography in