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Upcoming Shoots

>> Early Spring 2017 -- Ducks -- Southwest & Central Kansas, as time and work schedule permits late February-April

>> Spring 2017 -- Songbird Migration -- Sierra Vista, Southeast Arizona, April 22-24

>> Spring & Summer 2017 -- Supercell Thunderstorms -- Great Plains, as time and work schedule permits April-August

>> Late Spring 2017 -- Annual Storm Chase Vacation -- Great Plains, specific dates to be determined

(Updated February 12, 2017 6:17:29 pm CT)

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Most Recent Shoots

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 ...
8 Nov 2016
Morning hike & shoot at Ford County Lake
Synopsis: On this morning hike, about two hours in total around the upper end of the lake, I came across Harris's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Juncos, Ameri...
4 Nov 2016
Morning hike & shoot at Ford County Lake
Synopsis: A beautiful, crisp fall morning for a hike around the upper end of Ford County Lake. Did a little foliage and native grass photography in th...
21 Oct 2016
Testing new camera gear at Ford County Lake
Synopsis: I took the new camera gear I had just recently purchased out for a test shoot this afternoon. Even though the birding was slow, I came acros...
4 Oct 2016
Maize, KS Supercell
Synopsis: This was my one fall storm chase of 2016. I first chased some early afternoon storms up along I-70, but never did any photography of those s...
17 Aug 2016
Morning Backyard Hummingbird Shoot
Synopsis: In mid-August, I had a brief one-week or so visit of a few hummingbirds at my backyard wildlife garden. On this morning, I photographed a Ru...

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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:58:15 -0600
Northern Shoveler giving me a wing flap with some water droplet action. Gilbert Water Ranch, AZ. 17 January 2016
  
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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:23:44 -0600
Vivid cloud-to-ground lightning flash just outside Casper, WY during a June storm chase. 12 June 2016
  
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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:45:32 -0600
Sandhill Cranes engaging in unison call. Bernardo wildlife area, New Mexico. 16 January 2016
  
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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:56:13 -0600
A drake Northern Pintail taking off in warm morning light at Bosque del Apache NWR. 16 January 2016
  
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Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:09:35 -0600
Water birds in and around the Big Salt Marsh at Quivira NWR. 14 August 2016

Great Blue Heron wading slowly through the muck

Great Egret swallowing a small meal

Great Egret

Black-necked Stilt in flight

Black-necked Stilt
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Sun, 8 Jan 2017 21:36:05 -0600
Dark-eyed Junco and Northern Harrier -- first shots with Nikon D500 at Ford SFL. 21 October 2016



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Sun, 8 Jan 2017 00:34:36 -0600
Early morning shoot at Gilbert Water Ranch (Pond 5). 19 January 2016





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Sat, 7 Jan 2017 22:52:32 -0600
Snowy Egret close up images from Gilbert Water Ranch, Arizona. 18 January 2016





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Sat, 7 Jan 2017 19:21:10 -0600
Northern Shoveler wing flap at Gilbert Water Ranch, Arizona. 17 January 2016
  
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Fri, 6 Jan 2017 20:43:12 -0600
Trumpeter Swans, including a few flybys over the Mallard raft, at Squaw Creek NWR. 30 December 2016



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