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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...

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= Storm Chases & Shoots of September 2013 =



Location: McPherson County State Fishing Lake, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 11
Synopsis: This was my one chase of the Great Kiskadee that made a big buzz in the Kansas birding community in Fall of 2013. I decided to do both a morning and evening shoot of this bird. I got some pretty good looks and distant shots of this extremely rare tropical flycatcher. In the morning, I did photograph some other species including Northern Cardinal (√), Great Blue Heron, Nashville Warbler (√), Belted Kingfisher




Location: Northeastern Texas Panhandle south of Perryton, TX

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 2
Synopsis: This was my final storm chase of 2013. It did yield some good results, as I managed to photograph a couple of severe storms. The best images were of the last storm that developed along Hwy 70 and moved northeast between Perryton and Canadian, TX. I was really pleased with one frame in particular of multi-branched lightning at around sunset in pretty good light.




Location: My Backyard

Shoot type: Weather and Sky Around Home
# of images: 1
Synopsis: A distant thunderstorm provided for an amazing sunrise as viewed from my backyard this morning.




Location: Cheyenne Bottoms & Quivira NWR, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 6
Synopsis: This was another productive shoot in the afternoon and evening hours. This time, I started at Quivira and ended the day at Cheyenne Bottoms. At Quivira, species photographed included Great Egret, Meadowlark sp. with a mouth full of insects (√), Snowy Egret. At Cheyenne Bottoms, I photographed Cattle Egret (√), Common Grackle (√), Barn Swallow, Blue-winged Teal, Yellow-crowned Night Heron (√), Franklin's Gull (√), Black-crowned Night Heron (√)




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