Fall Sparrow Migration (15 October 2017)
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About This Shoot
Date: 15 October 2017
Location: Douglas County, KS
Shoot Type: Wildlife
My primary emphasis on this shoot was Le Conte's Sparrow, which are a specialty in mid to late October in marshy habitat of eastern Kansas, especially below the Clinton Lake dam just south of Lawrence. I was able to finally photograph a Le Conte's, although in fairly poor light. I also photographed other sparrow species including Swamp Sparrow. I briefly walked around parts of Baker Wetlands for the first time, and I am highly impressed. This is a great area of marshy wetlands and riparian habitat for all sorts of bird species.

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15 October 2017

Fall Sparrow Migration

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:43:49 -0500
Two photography lifer sparrows: Swamp Sparrow and Le Conte's Sparrow. Douglas County, KS. 15 October 2017
Although I managed to photograph two sparrow species I've never photographed before, it was a pretty crummy day. My 600mm lens began to have serious auto-focusing images right after I took the image of the Swamp Sparrow. I felt quite dejected after this happened, and decided to cancel the rest of my shooting day and head back to Dodge City. The northwest wind behind the front in the morning was also a bit stronger than I was hoping for, so the combined events left me in a pretty sour mood. Nevertheless, it was good to at least partially get what I was after, even if the quality of the images were less then stellar. Onward!

Le Conte's Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow
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