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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 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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