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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 April 2017 =



Location: Huachuca Mountains-Hereford, Arizona

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
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, although that did not seem to deter the birds very much. Lazuli Buntings stole the show, and I am quite pleased with a number of images, including a few gallery-worthy frames. Late afternoon, I attempted to find the ultra rare Tufted Flycatcher at a known location in Reef Campground way up Carr Canyon in higher elevation. I struck out, but did get a distant image of a Buff-breasted Flycatcher. I ended the day back at Tony's backyard photographing hummingbirds in fading light.




Location: Huachuca Mountains-Hereford, Arizona

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
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 frames. During the afternoon, I hiked up Miller Canyon to photograph a Mexican Spotted Owl pair. Just after sunset, I went back to Tony's backyard for another attempt at his nesting Elf Owls, with much greater success on this attempt!




Location: Portal, AZ (morning); Sierra Vista, AZ (afternoon)

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 17
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 Portal. I continued up the Cave Creek Canyon (South Fork) and photographed other birds including Townsend's Warbler and several Hummingbird species. In the afternoon, I drove to Hereford where I would stay the rest of the trip at Battiste Birds, Bed & Breakfast. During the late afternoon, I photographed a Western Screech Owl at San Pedro House. First night attempt at Elf Owl at Battiste was largely unsuccessful.




Location: Southwest Kansas

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
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 scenery was fabulous. Probably one or two images for the gallery from this chase. It transformed into this skeletal chimney appearance as it started to shrivel up after sunset.




Location: South-central Nebraska

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
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 time. A cluster of severe storms developed after sunset, and I got some good images of lightning-illuminated structure before calling it a chase.




Location: Hain SFL, Kansas and my backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 11
Synopsis: Early morning shoot in the homemade floating blind. The main subjects this morning were some Hooded Mergansers and Ruddy Duck. During the late afternoon, I did a backyard photo shoot. Main subjects were House Finches with newly purchased flora to add to this setup.




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