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Upcoming Shoots

>> February 15-25, 2018 -- Raptors, Waterfowls, and more! -- Southern California, incl. San Diego, Lake Hodges, and Irvine areas.

>> March-April 2018 -- Waterfowl Spring Migration -- Local hotspots in western and central Kansas.

>> Early-Mid June 2018 -- Supercell Thunderstorms -- Annual storm chase vacation.

(Updated December 24, 2017 6:45:53 pm CT)

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Most Recent Shoots

20 Nov 2017
Early Morning Songbird Shoot (Harris's Sparrow)
Synopsis: My primary objective was to photograph two rare birds that had been observed the day before: Pygmy Nuthatch and Pacific Wren. I was unable t...
19 Nov 2017
Separate Morning (Salt Plains) and Afternoon (Quivira) Bird Shoots
Synopsis: I started off this shoot at sunrise in the observation blind at Salt Plains NWR. The Sandhill Cranes were a bit more distant from the blind ...
18 Nov 2017
Sandhill Crane Late Afternoon Shoot
Synopsis: This was my first ever visit to this refuge, and my emphasis was on Sandhill Cranes which typically roost in a fairly large bay on the north...
17 Nov 2017
Late Afternoon Sparrows
Synopsis: During this late afternoon shoot, I photographed several species of sparrows, including a late Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, an...
12 Nov 2017
Rock Wren Visits My Backyard!
Synopsis: This was a spontaneous shoot as I noticed an unusual bird flitting around the brush pile in my backyard. Sure enough, it was a Rock Wren whi...
1 Nov 2017
Morning Shoot of Whooping Cranes and More
Synopsis: This shoot was not too terribly successful, as I was without my 600mm lens since it was in the shop being repaired after the auto-focus moto...
15 Oct 2017
Fall Sparrow Migration
Synopsis: 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, ...
4 Sep 2017
Sunspots through smoke-laden sky at sunset
Synopsis: Western wildfires brought a blanket of high level smoke across the High Plains, providing a red sunset. Sunspots were photographed without t...
21 Aug 2017
Total Solar Eclipse
Synopsis: The much anticipated total solar eclipse was a total success. High clouds remained just south and east of our target area near Oconto. I man...
5 Aug 2017
Last Chance, CO Marginal Supercell
Synopsis: This was a somewhat successful storm chase, intercepting a storm with marginal supercell characteristics in a west-northwest flow environmen...

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Sat, 9 Dec 2017 19:58:20 -0600
Some sparrows below Clark SFL dam. 17 November 2017

Harriss Sparrows

White-throated Sparrow

Lincolns Sparrow
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:50:17 -0600
Silhouette of a White-tailed Buck at Sunset. Great Plains NWR, Oklahoma. 18 November 2017
  
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:02:02 -0600
Harris Sparrow foraging while doing the splits at Lake Scott State Park, KS. 20 November 2017
  
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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:00:42 -0600
A fairly late Lincoln's Sparrow at Clark State Fishing Lake, Kansas. 17 November 2017
  
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:08:03 -0600
New Yard Bird! ROCK WREN. Morning of 12 November 2017
I found this bird flitting around the small brush pile in my back yard. It would favor the brush pile and adjacent well pit cover, flying back and forth for about a half hour. I managed to get great shots of this bird from a distance of about 15 yards with my 600mm lens (on the Nikon D500)






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Wed, 1 Nov 2017 16:58:53 -0500
Red-tailed Hawk stare-down just as its about to leave its perch. Quivira NWR. 1 November 2017
  
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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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Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:59:53 -0500
-Corona Over Oconto- The full corona of the sun during total solar eclipse of 21 August 2017 just outside Oconto, Nebraska
  
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Mon, 4 Sep 2017 20:19:38 -0500
Sunspots AR2673 and 2674 with blood-red sun due to smoke-filled sky in western Kansas. 4 September 2017
  
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Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:28:13 -0500
Amazing prominences visible during the Great American Eclipse. Oconto, Nebraska. 21 August 2017
  
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