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Upcoming Shoots

>> July-August 2017 -- Lightning -- New Mexico, Colorado, & High Plains. Unscheduled; during time off work.

>> Early November 2017 -- Whooping Cranes -- Quivira NWR, Kansas. May take some days off work during peak this year.

>> Late January-Early February 2018 -- Winter Bird Photography Trip -- Texas Gulf Coast? Stay tuned.

(Updated June 23, 2017 10:01:48 am CT)

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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...
6 Apr 2017
Early morning ducks at Hain SFL & late afternoon songbird setup
Synopsis: Early morning shoot in the homemade floating blind. The main subjects this morning were some Hooded Mergansers and Ruddy Duck. During the la...
30 Mar 2017
Afternoon backyard bird shoot
Synopsis: I decided to take advantage of some good weather to do some backyard bird photography. This was a late afternoon shoot, mainly of House Finc...
10 Mar 2017
Wildfire Aftermath at Clark State Lake
Synopsis: I drove down to Clark Lake this morning to check out how bad Clark Lake burned from the recent, historic wildfire of March 6, 2017. Nearly t...
22 Feb 2017
Trumpeter Swan at Hain SFL
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. ...
21 Feb 2017
Early Morning Ducks at Hain SFL
Synopsis: Morning shoot in my homemade floating blind with good, warm morning light. Ducks photographed included Redhead, Gadwall, and Ring-necked Duc...

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:30:22 -0600
Assortment of images from Day 8 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 3 February 2017

Sandhill Cranes in motion, departing roost

Sandhill Cranes about to take flight from roost

Drake Northern Shoveler

Drake Northern Shoveler

Drake Northern Shoveler

Drake Northern Shoveler

Drake Cinnamon Teal

Drake Northern Shovelers

Drake Cinnamon Teal

Drake Cinnamon Teal

Trio of drake Cinnamon Teal

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

Western Meadowlark

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes about to land at roost

Sandhill Cranes about to land at roost
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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:05:54 -0600
Assortment of images from Day 7 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 2 February 2017

Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese in Landscape before sunrise

Sandhill Crane in motion, departing roost

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes in their leaning posture about to take flight

Sandhill Cranes, some morning goofing around

Ross's Goose

Snow Goose in flight

Ross's Geese with a few Snow Geese mixed in

Large gathering of primarily Snow Geese, with a few Ross's Geese

Sandhill Crane amongst Snow Geese

Birds in landscape shot at Bernardo Wildlife Area

Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes

Long exposure showing Snow Geese in motion taking flight
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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:51:43 -0600
Assortment of images from Day 6 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 1 February 2017

Snow Geese in motion

Sandhill Crane

Snow Geese

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes

Drake Northern Shoveler

Drake Cinnamon Teal

Drake Cinnamon Teal

Drake Northern Shoveler

Drake and hen Northern Shoveler

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane corn cob toss

Sandhill Crane parents dancing with immature learning and imitating

Sandhill Cranes in motion
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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:39:51 -0600
First waterfowl shoot of the season with the floating blind at Hain SFL. 21 February 2017

Drake Redhead

Drake Redhead

Drake Gadwall

Drake Gadwall

Drake Redhead and American Coot

Drake Redhead

Hen and Drake Gadwall

Drake Gadwall

Drake Ring-necked Ducks
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Sun, 12 Feb 2017 17:13:11 -0600
Assortment of images from Day 5 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 31 January 2017

Snow Geese

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Snow Geese

Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese

Sandhill Crane with Snow Geese

Sandhill Crane

Ruddy Duck (hen)

Ruddy Ducks (drakes)

Northern Pintail wingflap (drake)

Ruddy Duck (drake)

Sandhill Cranes in backlight

Sandhill Cranes
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Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:45:53 -0600
Assortment of images from Day 4 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 30 January 2017

Snow goose in motion (long exposure)

Snow Geese

Snow Goose

Rosss Geese

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Ring-necked Duck (hen)

Northern Shovelers (drakes)

Northern Pintail (drake)

Northern Pintail (drake)

American Kestrel

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Crane
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Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:08:05 -0600
Assortment of images from Day 3 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 29 January 2017

Common Merganser (hen)

Common Merganser (hen)

Common Merganser (hen)

Lesser Scaup (drake)

Lesser Scaup (drake)

Lesser Scaup (drake)

Marsh Wren

Mule Deer (does)

Northern Harrier (female)

Says Phoebe

Northern Shoveler (1st winter drake)

Northern Shoveler (1st winter drake)

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane
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Thu, 9 Feb 2017 21:41:05 -0600
Assortment of images from Day 2 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 28 January 2017

Frosted trees at the top of Sandia Crest, NM

Black Rosy-Finch

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

Frosted trees at the top of Sandia Crest, NM

Mallard (drake)

Redhead (drake)

American Wigeon (drake)

Ring-necked Duck (drake)

Northern Shoveler (drake)
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Thu, 9 Feb 2017 21:22:01 -0600
Assortment of images from Day 1 of 8 -- 2017 New Mexico bird photography trip. 27 January 2017

Pied-billed Grebe

Canvasback (drake)

Northern Shovelers (drakes)

Wood Duck (drake)

Wood Duck (hen)

Canvasback (drake)

Lesser Scaup (drake)

Mallard (drake)

Pied-billed Grebe

Northern Pintail (drake)
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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:12:05 -0600
Black-necked Stilt at the Gilbert Water Ranch, AZ. 17 January 2016
  
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