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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 October 2013 =



Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 2
Synopsis: This was my second straight day at Quivira, concentrating on water birds. Since the Sandhill Crane activity was poor, I focused more on ducks, coots, and shorebirds. Species photographed included: American Coot (√), Northern Pintail (√), Blue-winged Teal (√), American Avocet (√), Least Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs (√), Dowitcher sp., Killdeer (√)




Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 5
Synopsis: This was a fairly productive day shoot at Quivira. I started at sunrise choosing to shoot from the the jetty on the east side of Big Salt Marsh. Species photographed on this day shoot included: First observed Whooping Crane of the season (very distant), American Coot, Eared Grebe (√), Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Duck (√), Vesper Sparrow, Franklin's Gull, Least Sandpiper (√), Great Blue Heron (fishing (√)), immature Northern Shrike (√), American Avocet (√), Green-winged Teal (√), Ring-billed Gull (√)




Location: Ford County SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 5
Synopsis: The evening before, Jeff and I heard at least three Sora calling amongst the heavy vegetation in the water near the shore of the lake. I then decided to try and photograph this species the next morning, finding a potential favorable spot under cover of darkness to shoot from. I ended up succeeding in getting the Sora! One came out briefly for excellent looks at less than 15 yards range from where I was set up.




Location: Ford County SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: I went out with Jeff Calhoun to bird Ford County Lake. I got my first Rock Wren this evening, although the overall birding was fairly slow. Other than the Rock Wren, I photographed Redhead and Northern Pintail in flight over the lake. I also got a decent in flight shot of an American Kestrel. An American Robin (√) gave a nice pose before we left.




Location: Horsethief Reservoir

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: A fairly rare fall snow dumped about 3 inches of snow on the area late morning and midday. During the late afternoon hours, I went up to Horsethief to see what I could find of interest to photograph in terms of wildlife. I came across some more sparrows, so that was what I focused on. Species photographed were Field Sparrow (√), American Kestrel, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow (√)




Location: Northern Ford County, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: I spent about 5 hours out in several different locations across northern Ford County. I first visited Hain Lake where I photographed Northern Pintail, Meadowlark sp., Vesper Sparrow (√). I walked around Paradise (private land) to see what I could find there around the pond. I photographed a few more sparrows here including Song Sparrow (√) and Lincoln's Sparrow (√)




Location: Arkalon Park near Liberal, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 12
Synopsis: I went out to Arkalon Park for the first time with Jeff Calhoun. We spent several hours birding the park. There were a few highlights, including a number of Wood Ducks and an encounter with a few extremely tame Wild Turkey at the campground. Species photographed included Belted Kingfisher (√), Northern Flicker, Pied-billed Grebe, Greater Yellowlegs, Clay-colored Sparrow, Bald Eagle, Eastern Bluebird (√), Wild Turkey (√), Townsend's Solitaire, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Bewick's Wren (√),




Location: Ford County SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: I went out to Ford SFL to get in a brief shoot in the good morning weather. Nothing too spectacular, but I did get some good looks at a few species including an immature Cedar Waxwing, Cooper's Hawk, Eastern Phoebe, and Yellow-rumped Warbler (√).




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