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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 December 2016 =



Location: Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, MO

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 19
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 Eagles, among other avian wildlife as the weather forecast looked promising for a good shoot. This was certainly the case, especially in the morning despite early morning temperatures in the mid 20s. The hottest activity was at the Cattail Pool on the east side of the refuge drive, where a majority of my keepers from the day were shot of Bald Eagles, Mallards, and Trumpeter Swans




Location: Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake #2, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 2
Synopsis: A Lewis's Woodpecker, which is considered rare in Kansas (especially anywhere east of far southwestern Kansas), was first reported in late November and was hanging around the campground at Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake just east of Manhattan. I made a day trip out of it (four hours one-way), and I photographed this bird for about an hour after the sky cleared out in the early afternoon.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
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 70-200mm lens, seeing how close I could get to the birds in my Doghouse Blind. I used one of my Dogwood 'Arctic Fire' shrubs as a background for one of my perches, with some limited success.




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