* *  Mike Umscheid PHOTOGRAPHY & STORM CHASE BLOG   * *


Most Recent Shoots

20 Nov 2017
Early Morning Songbird Shoot (Harris's Sparrow)
Synopsis: My primary objective was to photograph two rare birds that had been observed the day before: Pygmy Nuthatch and Pacific Wren. I was unable t...
19 Nov 2017
Separate Morning (Salt Plains) and Afternoon (Quivira) Bird Shoots
Synopsis: I started off this shoot at sunrise in the observation blind at Salt Plains NWR. The Sandhill Cranes were a bit more distant from the blind ...
18 Nov 2017
Sandhill Crane Late Afternoon Shoot
Synopsis: This was my first ever visit to this refuge, and my emphasis was on Sandhill Cranes which typically roost in a fairly large bay on the north...
17 Nov 2017
Late Afternoon Sparrows
Synopsis: During this late afternoon shoot, I photographed several species of sparrows, including a late Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, an...
12 Nov 2017
Rock Wren Visits My Backyard!
Synopsis: This was a spontaneous shoot as I noticed an unusual bird flitting around the brush pile in my backyard. Sure enough, it was a Rock Wren whi...

3-Month Calendar of Shoots Centered on August 2013
S
M
T
W
R
F
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27
28
29
30

31
S
M
T
W
R
F
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23

24

25
26
27
28

29

30

31
S
M
T
W
R
F
S

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18

19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26

27
28

29
30

Navigate Other Shoots (by year)
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
Navigate Other Shoots (by month)
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
November 2015
October 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
*August 2013*
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
December 2011
October 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
February 2010
January 2010

= 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




Other storm chases that busted/no photography in