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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 February 2017 =



Location: Hain SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: A Trumpeter Swan showed up at Hain SFL this afternoon. I notified Jeff Calhoun, and he showed up to join me for this Ford County rare bird. The bird remained distant, so I didn't get real high-quality images.




Location: Hain SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 9
Synopsis: Morning shoot in my homemade floating blind with good, warm morning light. Ducks photographed included Redhead, Gadwall, and Ring-necked Duck.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR (morning) and Bitter Lakes NWR (evening), New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 17
Synopsis: Fifth and final morning shooting at the Crane Ponds. Good long-exposure crane departure images again in good light. Spent quite a bit of time photographing very cooperative Northern Shovelers at the Crane Ponds after cranes left. There were 4 Cinnamon Teal that I photographed, including a couple decent in-flights. I drove to Roswell after that for my final shoot of the trip. Bitter Lakes is a wonderful refuge, but the light was crappy. Really nice overlook on arriving cranes on the west side of the refuge. Definitely an evening shoot, for future reference.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR (morning) and Bernardo Wildlife Area (afternoon), New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 15
Synopsis: Fourth morning at the Crane Ponds. Emphasis on long-exposure Sandhill Crane departure with decent luck. Drove around the loop route after that where I got good images of Great Blue Heron, and a close flock of feeding Ross's Geese. Afternoon shoot was a final shoot at Bernardo wildlife area for more Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR (morning) and Bernardo Wildlife Area (afternoon), New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 15
Synopsis: Third morning at the Crane Ponds for more Snow Geese and Sandhill Crane departure. I decided to hang around and shoot Northern Shoveler and Cinnamon Teal after the cranes left, with some pretty good luck. I did another late afternoon/evening shoot at Bernardo, where I got some nice shots of a rooster Ring-necked Pheasant which was something different. More Sandhill Cranes, mostly, with some Snow Geese at Bernardo again.




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