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Most Recent Shoots

24 Apr 2017
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography Trip (Day 3)
Synopsis: Day 3 of this trip started at Ash Canyon B&B where I photographed at a new photo blind on the property. It was a very windy morning, althoug...
23 Apr 2017
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography Trip (Day 2)
Synopsis: Day 2 of this trip started in the Battiste BB&B backyard at Tony's photography setup. This was quite productive with a a few gallery-worthy ...
22 Apr 2017
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography Trip (Day 1)
Synopsis: Day 1 of this short trip started out in Portal in the morning, where I photographed feeder birds at a feeding station just northeast of Port...
15 Apr 2017
LP Supercell near Protection, KS
Synopsis: An awesome LP supercell was photographed this day, one of the better LP storms I have photographed in quite some time. The sunset colors and...
14 Apr 2017
Photogenic supercell at sunset near Sumner, NE
Synopsis: Managed to get some good images of a late-developing supercell storm near Sumner, NE. The storm had fairly decent tiered structure for a tim...

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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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