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Last Chance, CO Marginal Supercell
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Synopsis: This was another after work chase, and I was not going to make the same mistake I did on June 26th! Leaving immediately after work at 4pm, I...
26 Jun 2017
Leoti, KS LP Marginal Supercell
Synopsis: I originally decided not to chase after work, but after I woke up from a long nap at around 6pm, a supercell was rolling straight south near...
17 Jun 2017
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Synopsis: This was an after-work chase. I actually worked a couple hours of overtime until 7:30pm and chased right as I got off work. A new storm form...

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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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