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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...
3 Feb 2017
New Mexico Bird Photography Trip (Day 8)
Synopsis: Fifth and final morning shooting at the Crane Ponds. Good long-exposure crane departure images again in good light. Spent quite a bit of tim...
2 Feb 2017
New Mexico Bird Photography Trip (Day 7)
Synopsis: Fourth morning at the Crane Ponds. Emphasis on long-exposure Sandhill Crane departure with decent luck. Drove around the loop route after th...

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= Storm Chases & Shoots of 2017 =



Location: Clark State Lake, Kansas

Shoot type: Landscape
# of images: 0
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 the entire state park grounds were burned. I took a few images, mainly of some yucca plant stems which were all that remained of much of the charred landscape.




Location: Hain SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
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. The bird remained distant, so I didn't get real high-quality images.




Location: Hain SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 9
Synopsis: Morning shoot in my homemade floating blind with good, warm morning light. Ducks photographed included Redhead, Gadwall, and Ring-necked Duck.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR (morning) and Bitter Lakes NWR (evening), New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 17
Synopsis: Fifth and final morning shooting at the Crane Ponds. Good long-exposure crane departure images again in good light. Spent quite a bit of time photographing very cooperative Northern Shovelers at the Crane Ponds after cranes left. There were 4 Cinnamon Teal that I photographed, including a couple decent in-flights. I drove to Roswell after that for my final shoot of the trip. Bitter Lakes is a wonderful refuge, but the light was crappy. Really nice overlook on arriving cranes on the west side of the refuge. Definitely an evening shoot, for future reference.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR (morning) and Bernardo Wildlife Area (afternoon), New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 15
Synopsis: Fourth morning at the Crane Ponds. Emphasis on long-exposure Sandhill Crane departure with decent luck. Drove around the loop route after that where I got good images of Great Blue Heron, and a close flock of feeding Ross's Geese. Afternoon shoot was a final shoot at Bernardo wildlife area for more Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR (morning) and Bernardo Wildlife Area (afternoon), New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 15
Synopsis: Third morning at the Crane Ponds for more Snow Geese and Sandhill Crane departure. I decided to hang around and shoot Northern Shoveler and Cinnamon Teal after the cranes left, with some pretty good luck. I did another late afternoon/evening shoot at Bernardo, where I got some nice shots of a rooster Ring-necked Pheasant which was something different. More Sandhill Cranes, mostly, with some Snow Geese at Bernardo again.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 13
Synopsis: Second morning at the Crane Ponds, where emphasis was once again on Snow Geese and Sandhill Crane departure. Good light for the second morning in a row as well. Afternoon was spent doing some freestyle shooting along the loop route, where I got good images of Ruddy Duck and Northern Shoveler. For sunset, decided to do a backlight shoot at the Crane Ponds with marginal luck. Cranes roosted pretty far away, but still managed some interesting images.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR (morning) and Bernardo Wildlife Area (afternoon), New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 14
Synopsis: Sunrise shoot at the Crane Ponds. Snow geese were fairly close to photographer row, so managed to get some good images, including long exposure. Sandhill Crane departure photography. Afternoon photography at Bernardo, where a group of cranes were close to the road on the far east leg of the loop road just beyond the tree row.




Location: Bosque Ponds at ABQ BioPark (morning) and Bosque del Apache NWR (evening)

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 15
Synopsis: I did another morning waterfowl shoot at Bosque Ponds where birds included Mallard, Northern Pintail, Common Merganser (hen), Lesser Scaup. After that shoot, I drove down to Bosque del Apache, where I would shoot for the next several days. This afternoon I photographed Marsh Wren, Say's Phoebe, Northern Harrier, Northern Shoveler, and of course, Sandhill Crane -- all along the Loop Route.




Location: Sandia Crest (morning) and Bosque Ponds at ABQ BioPark (evening), New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 10
Synopsis: I made an early morning drive up to Sandia Crest to photograph the reliable rosy-finches, then in the evening I did another waterfowl shoot at the Bosque Ponds, where I got good images of Northern Shoveler, Mallard, Redhead, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, and Northern Pintail




Location: Bosque Ponds at ABQ BioPark, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 10
Synopsis: Emphasis on waterfowl photography (morning and evening), mostly at the Bosque Ponds, where I got good images of Northern Shoveler, Mallard, Pied-billed Grebe, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Northern Pintail, and Wood Duck.




Other storm chases that busted/no photography in 2017