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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 2016 =



Location: Overland Park Arboretum, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 4
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 Thanksgiving) and hiked around for a little. We stopped by the bird blind along one of the trails within the arboretum where they have several feeders set up. In the late afternoon when we visited, the feeders were very active with Cardinals, Tufted Titmouse, Blue Jays, Black-capped Chickadees, and a Purple Finch. I will need to stop by here more often!




Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 3
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 in one spot foraging in the flats on the very north end of Quivira NWR. I also had some good shooting of Sandhill Cranes flying out along with some Bald Eagles.




Location: Ford County SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 5
Synopsis: On this morning hike, about two hours in total around the upper end of the lake, I came across Harris's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Juncos, American Tree Sparrow, and a lone Great Blue Heron out in the middle of the upper end of the lake. I also got some decent shots of a whitetail doe staring me down.




Location: Ford County SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 12
Synopsis: A beautiful, crisp fall morning for a hike around the upper end of Ford County Lake. Did a little foliage and native grass photography in the warm, very early light. Birds photographed included Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, Cedar Waxwing, and White-crowned Sparrow




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