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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 ...

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= Storm Chases & Shoots of 2016 =



Location: Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, MO

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 19
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 Eagles, among other avian wildlife as the weather forecast looked promising for a good shoot. This was certainly the case, especially in the morning despite early morning temperatures in the mid 20s. The hottest activity was at the Cattail Pool on the east side of the refuge drive, where a majority of my keepers from the day were shot of Bald Eagles, Mallards, and Trumpeter Swans




Location: Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake #2, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 2
Synopsis: A Lewis's Woodpecker, which is considered rare in Kansas (especially anywhere east of far southwestern Kansas), was first reported in late November and was hanging around the campground at Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake just east of Manhattan. I made a day trip out of it (four hours one-way), and I photographed this bird for about an hour after the sky cleared out in the early afternoon.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
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 70-200mm lens, seeing how close I could get to the birds in my Doghouse Blind. I used one of my Dogwood 'Arctic Fire' shrubs as a background for one of my perches, with some limited success.




Location: Overland Park Arboretum, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 4
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 Thanksgiving) and hiked around for a little. We stopped by the bird blind along one of the trails within the arboretum where they have several feeders set up. In the late afternoon when we visited, the feeders were very active with Cardinals, Tufted Titmouse, Blue Jays, Black-capped Chickadees, and a Purple Finch. I will need to stop by here more often!




Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 3
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 in one spot foraging in the flats on the very north end of Quivira NWR. I also had some good shooting of Sandhill Cranes flying out along with some Bald Eagles.




Location: Ford County SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 5
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, American Tree Sparrow, and a lone Great Blue Heron out in the middle of the upper end of the lake. I also got some decent shots of a whitetail doe staring me down.




Location: Ford County SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 12
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 the warm, very early light. Birds photographed included Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, Cedar Waxwing, and White-crowned Sparrow




Location: Ford County SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 3
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 across a few cooperative juncos as test subjects and a distant female Northern Harrier. I was quite pleased with the performance of the high-ISO capabilities of the D500 on its first outing.




Location: South central Kansas, around the Wichita area

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
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 storms. I then blasted down to the south to intercept storms on the dryline in south central Kansas. One of the dryline storms formed into a supercell just west of Wichita. I was only able to get ahead of the storm for photography when the storm was west-southwest of Maize.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
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 Rufous Hummingbird at it was feeding primarily on my over one-year-old Black and Blue Salvia plants.




Location: My backyard

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# of images: 5
Synopsis: I was fortunate enough to have a somewhat rare Hummingbird visit my wildlife garden in mid August -- a Broad-tailed Hummingbird. I didn't get any spectacular shots of it, but did manage to get enough in focus to make a positive ID of the rare backyard visitor.




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