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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 August 2013 =



Location: Arkansas River/Sim Park, Wichita, KS (morning). Cheyenne Bottoms & Quivira NWR (late day)

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 10
Synopsis: This was quite the productive day of wildlife photography. I started the morning out in Wichita photographing a lone Snowy Egret (√) in excellent morning light along the Arkansas River at Sim Park. After running some errands in town, I left for Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira. At Cheyenne Bottoms, I photographed Forster's Tern (√), Cattle Egret (√), White-faced Ibis, Snowy Egret (√), Ruddy Duck. At Quivira species photographed were American Avocet, Double-crested Cormorant, Wilson's Phalarope, American Pelican, Great Egret (√), Stilt Sandpiper (√), Barn Swallow, Killdeer, Blue-winged Teal, Least Sandpiper (√), Killdeer (√), Snowy Egret, Great Egret, White-faced Ibis.




Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: Not a spectacular shoot, but there were quite a few egrets to photograph (Great Egret and Snowy Egret) along NE 170th Rd. at Quivira. I also got a distant shot of the supposed nesting pair of Bald Eagles at the southeast part of Wildlife Loop.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: A Black Swallowtail butterfly visited my native garden. I got some pretty good images of this wonderful species as it favored my Purple Coneflower plants.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: This was the first time I did some photography of butterflies at my new native garden in my backyard. I had great looks and images of a Monarch Butterfly on my Meadow Blazingstar (Liatris ligulistylis).




Location: Southern Ford County, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: I went out birding with Jeff Calhoun to investigate some of the water areas after a recent wet period. We came across several playas with water in them and noted a number of shorebird species. The Yucca Rd. Playa (northwest of Minneola) held decent water and a lot of Black Terns as well as a raft of Eared Grebes. Near the playa we came across a small family of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. Species photographed: Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Double-crested Cormorant, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Eared Grebe (distant raft), Black Tern




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