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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 November 2013 =



Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 3
Synopsis: The second day was far more successful. The day started off before sunrise at the photo blind on Little Salt Marsh, but when I struck out there, I headed back north to the mud flats north of 170th Ave. Three Whooping Cranes were found on the flats. I, along with several other birders and photographers, watched these cranes until they took flight at around 10:15am. These birds started off heading south, but they met a strong head wind and turned back around... joining up with 13 other Whooping Cranes that had just arrived, unbeknownst to all of us there as we were so focused on those original three. We then observed the 16 for quite some time on the far end of the mud flats. Later that afternoon, I photographed 9 of these cranes that were within the Wildlife Drive loop.




Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 2
Synopsis: This was the first of a two-day shoot at Quivira with the focus being on Whooping Cranes. On this first day, I (along with other birders) saw 3 Whoopers on the south end of Big Salt Marsh. I photographed the cranes fly south from their overnight roost, but they remained fairly distant and thus did not get that great of shots. Later that day, I tried to photograph other wildlife since there were no other Whooping Cranes around. The best I came up with was a snapping turtle on the west end of Wildlife Drive.




Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: On this trip to Quivira, I focused on duck photography. The best part of this shoot was in the afternoon/early evening as I set up in a fairly concealed location where various waterfowl like to hang out (North Lake area of Quivira). Species photographed included: American Avocet (√), Green-winged Teal, Redhead (√), American Widgeon (√), Ring-billed Gull (√), Gadwall (√), Great Blue Heron (√), Pied-billed Grebe




Location: near Spearville, Kansas

Shoot type: Weather and Landscape
# of images: 0
Synopsis: On my way back home after a brief visit at Quivira NWR, I came across some fairly photogenic virga near Spearville. I stopped at the Spearville Wind Farm and photographed the sky for a bit around sunset.




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