Jan 132017
 
Farewell Harns Marsh Preserve And SW Florida

My likely last visit to Harns Marsh Preserve in Lehigh Acres, Florida, occurred in late October when I met up with Canadian wildlife photographer Frank Constantin. The weather was favorable with the grass well groomed and 39 species of bird observed in the ensuing two hours after sunrise during our stay. A good number of […]

Aug 062016
 
Another Harns Marsh Preserve Fail

Having missed the Everglade Snail Kite at Harns Marsh Preserve last week, I was compelled to make a follow up trip on 26 July to attempt to observe the species. I was much more observant to find Apple Snail eggs as well. The clutch of eggs above I questimate to contain 500, well within the […]

Feb 232015
 
Is It Spring Yet?

I realize the east coast of the US is reeling from the latest of many severe winter storms this winter. But here in SW Colorado spring is in the air. It has been unseasonably warm with snow pack far below normal. The ski resorts are hurting and exceptionally dry conditions may cause issues later this […]

Feb 182015
 
Here, there, and everywhere.

Whoa. Hey there, strangers. Two months was the last time I updated this – unacceptable! But not my fault, I promise! I haven’t been on an actual computer until a few days ago and things have been a little chaotic. I spent most of December in New Mexico with family (yay!) and then all the […]

Jan 072015
 
My Favorite Bird Photos of 2014

At the end of each year I like to go back and look at the bird photographs I have taken and choose the ones I like the best for a “favorite bird photo” post. I try to pick at least one photograph from each month however some months were photographically prolific, others not so much. […]

Oct 222014
 
We've got a Whooper

Hey lookit! It’s a whooping crane! This was a pleasant surprise, definitely wasn’t expecting to come across any whooping cranes any time soon. She (yes she – her name is Latka and she was hatched on June 13, 2013) was hanging out with a pretty big sandhill flock (about 8oish). She was banded and luckily, […]

Apr 112014
 
Sandhill Crane Migration Is Underway

Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) are migrating back northward to their breeding grounds. I photographed this crane and his mate at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge about a month ago and will be writing a post for the Wildlife Conservation Stamp blog soon on that Northern California refuge. Check out my latest West Coast Beat Writer post […]

Mar 172014
 
First Sign Of Spring

Spring has begun to reveal itself here in Nebraska. However, it can be hard to see and appreciate because snow still covers the ground. Temperatures fall well below freezing each night, sometimes to single digits. The yard has no green, just matted brown turf. Farmer’s fields are weeks away from being tilled and planted. However, […]

Apr 282013
 
Orlando Wetlands Park, 4/19/2013

We had a pretty good morning at Orlando Wetlands Park. We didn’t see anything terribly unusual, but there were some fun photographic moments. Well, not so fun for rabbits. One of the first sights we saw was a Red-shouldered Hawk with a rabbit (perhaps a Marsh Hare). We also saw several Purple Gallinules, and one […]

Jan 142013
 
Know When to Stop

I shoot RAW almost exclusively. Therefore every shot I take needs at least a bit of post processing; usually only noise reduction (anything shot at iso 400 or above with that darn 7D), and a few minor curves adjustments to set the white & black points, brightness, and contrast. Sometimes I’ll do a little dodging […]