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Hopping into Summer

May 29, 2022 - I caught this vibrant cardinal mid-hop among the dense bushes and flowers at Ewing Park. Hopping into summer!
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Mississippi Kite Enjoying some Baseball

May 18, 2022 - Not one of my best images, but one I wanted to share...this Mississippi Kite was flying over my son's BHS Freshman baseb...
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Cedar Waxwing In Flight

May 14, 2022 - I always enjoy watching these birds flock together, especially as they find some berries to mack on. I caught this one a...
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Yellow-rumped Warbler in the Rain

April 28, 2022 - I caught this yellow-rumped warbler flying in-between branches as the rain was falling. The rain didn't slow the warbler...
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Shorebirds In Flight

April 18, 2022 - There were many flocks of these shorebirds working the mud flats along the inlets at the Russell Burgess Coastal Preserv...
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Stillness in Motion

December 01, 2021 - Freezing a moment like this is priceless and never gets old. The beauty and power of a bald eagle fishing is a sight to...
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Standing on the Mississippi

November 29, 2021 - This image was taken on an overcast day with mist on the water. I love the effect it gives to the images. This was take...
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Catching the Fish in Motion

November 22, 2021 - This has quite a bit of blur but in all of the right places. I love the motion conveyed in this image as the eagle swoop...
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Spectacular Flyover

November 13, 2021 - I have many images in the archives that I haven't edited so it is fun to go back and enjoy/edit them from time to time....
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Red-tailed Hawk Liftoff

October 11, 2021 - Check out this moment as the Red-tailed Hawk was about to take off.
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Black and White Warbler in Action

October 01, 2021 - Action shot of a black and white warbler reaching for a bug that has no idea what is about to happen.
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Black-throated Green Warbler Approaching a White Oak Tree

September 28, 2021 - This black-throated green warbler would hop from branch to branch in this white oak tree, but when it did, it would hove...
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Golden-winged Warbler Attacking an Insect

September 06, 2021 - I had a fun time watching this golden winged warbler checking all of the dead leaves of this tree looking for breakfast.
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Barn Swallow in Flight in Golden Light

August 25, 2021 - I so enjoyed myself while photographing these barn swallows swooping low over the water for insects among the shore bird...
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Lesser Yellowlegs Race

August 23, 2021 - A couple of lesser yellowlegs chasing each other off "their" spots.
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Shore Birds on the Move

August 22, 2021 - Every now and then the shore birds would take flight and make a loop around the field puddle and reposition. I'm not a g...
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Dramatic Ring-billed Gull Catch and Eat

March 06, 2021 - These Ring-billed Gulls can be fun to watch fish. They aren't an eagle but they are quite agile in the air. I love that...
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Ring-billed Gull Suspended in Air

March 04, 2021 - I was able to freeze this moment as the ring-billed gull made a dive and came up empty. The suspended-in-midair pose loo...
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Common Mergansers on the Move

March 03, 2021 - Beautiful male and female common mergansers on the move, low over the water. When these water fowl decide to take off, I...
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The Point of No Return

March 01, 2021 - A ring-billed gull diving beak first into the water to fetch a fish that it spotted well above the water. The whole proc...
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Showing Off In Flight

February 28, 2021 - One of the signs of early spring in our area are the numbers of ring-billed gulls fishing in the open waters of frozen l...
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Central Illinois Eagle

January 22, 2021 - I was able to escape for a little camera time this evening after school. I decided to venture out to the Mackinaw River...
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Red Tailed Hawk Attack

March 23, 2020 - I spent quite awhile watching this young red tailed hawk at Lake Evergreen this afternoon. I have no idea what he was st...
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The Goose...From Top Gun

March 21, 2020 - I think I met The Goose...the actual Goose from Top Gun! This guy was flying between trees with no problem and even turn...
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Turn Your Head for Me

March 16, 2020 - Like asking a model to turn their head, this eagle cooperated quite nicely with the side profile and wing pose.
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Ring-Billed Gull Fishing

February 23, 2020 - As I drove around Dawson Lake at Moraine View State Park today, I couldn't help but noticed the numbers of Ring-Billed G...
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Wolf in Motion

March 14, 2019 - This is an attempt to slow my shutter speed and pan with Aspen as he runs across the ice. It isn't easy and this still i...
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American Bald Eagle in Flight

February 18, 2018 - A simple flyover of an American Bald Eagle. The sky isn't blue, the bird isn't light in pretty golden light, and the pos...
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Eagle in the Wild

February 16, 2018 - A pretty scene as an eagle flies over the Mississippi River...free as can be!
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On Your Mighty Wings

February 15, 2018 - Beautiful, iconic bird soaring in blue skies...can't ask for a better moment than that. I just wish the sun and blue ski...
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Gliding Over a Foggy River

February 14, 2018 - I love this moment caught of a bald eagle gliding over the glassy Mississippi River on a foggy day. The light may be poo...
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Pretty Tail Feathers

February 11, 2018 - Here is a beauty of an eagle and I especially love the tail feathers still showing black tips and not completely white y...
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Eagle Almost Made me Duck

February 10, 2018 - When looking through the camera viewfinder through a longer lens you track the bird and before you know it they are dire...
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I Think I Caught It

February 09, 2018 - I love when bald eagles take a look to make sure they caught their fish, get a better grip, and sometimes transfer the f...
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Eagle Beauty

February 08, 2018 - When an eagle flies by looking this beautiful, I have no choice but to take a photo.
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Back-lit Eagle over Mississippi River Waters

February 07, 2018 - Sometimes I have to take what nature and lighting give me. This bald eagle was fishing to my right with the sun back-lig...
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Flare for the Dramatics

February 06, 2018 - Check out the markings and color of this juvenile bald eagle...so dramatic! I love how the feathers are all flared out....
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Portrait of a Fishing Eagle

February 06, 2018 - A simple black and white portrait of an extraordinary bird. I just love capturing these moments of the bald eagles fishi...
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Concealing the Catch

February 04, 2018 - This eagle flew directly over me with a fish. It is funny watching them fly as fast as they can back to a tree to eat be...
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Reflection Through the Mississippi Mist

February 03, 2018 - Despite the fog and heavy crop, I feel this turned out to be a nice image of a bald eagle flying low above the icy cold...
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Eagle Fishing in Black and White (Dramatic Edit)

February 02, 2018 - I love the drama and action of this image but with the overcast skies, I struggled with the original image. As soon as I...
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Giving me a Look

February 01, 2018 - I made several images as this eagle flew in front of me but this one moment (a split second) I opened the shutter just a...
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Smooth Moves

January 31, 2018 - I caught this eagle as he was banking hard right. I love how smooth these birds operate in the air; turning on a dime an...
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Stunning Eagle Flyby

January 30, 2018 - Love when they fly by at eye level! Such a beautiful bird with a mighty presence makes for an amazing sight.
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Putting on an Air Show

January 29, 2018 - I thought this was a cool moment of an eagle soaring over the Mississippi River with 3 geese watching the air show. It i...
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Missed his Fish in the Fog

January 28, 2018 - I shared this image more so for the moment than the clarity of the image. The mist on the Mississippi River reduces the...
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Cruising the Mississippi River Banks

January 27, 2018 - I love this pose as the eagle turns and gives us a view of the wings and tail feathers completely flared. A beautiful si...
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Changing Directions

January 26, 2018 - This is a pretty cool Eagle image showing the wings and tail feathers shift as this bird is changing flight paths. I lov...
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The Gaze of an Eagle

January 25, 2018 - I'm really liking some of these eagle in flight images against the natural white backgrounds (the clouds). It is almost...
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Eagle Landscape in the Mist

January 24, 2018 - I caught this eagle as he was navigating over the Mississippi River mist back to a tree to eat his fish. I love the Miss...
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Strong Eagle

January 23, 2018 - I love the strength of this pose showing off how solid this bird is and yet flies so gracefully over the water.
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Caught My Attention

January 22, 2018 - Something caught this eagle's attention, which worked out perfectly for my photo. I love the view we get of the fanned t...
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The Great North American Bald Eagle

January 21, 2018 - I just had to get this flyover as it was one of the rare moments that the clouds let the blue sky show. I love that litt...
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Piercing the Mississippi Mist

January 20, 2018 - Here is a bald eagle sailing just above the Mississippi River among the mist looking for the opportunity to fish. I will...
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Profile of an Eagle Flyby

January 19, 2018 - I was treated to this close-up flyby of an eagle with a fish under the tail feathers. Once again, no blue skies but begg...
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A Beautiful Catch

January 18, 2018 - My creative edit of a bald eagle making a beautiful catch from the Mississippi River. The skies were gray, the water was...
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Fishing Through the Sea Smoke

January 17, 2018 - I love the atmosphere of this image. While far from perfect shooting conditions, the "sea smoke" that covered that cover...
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Capturing the Catch

January 15, 2018 - Capturing this single moment is one of the most challenging things to photograph when photographing these eagles fishing...
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Beautiful Eagle Dive

January 14, 2018 - One of the rare moments that the sun tried to peak through the clouds while an eagle was active and I was ready with the...
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Foggy Fishing on the Mississippi

January 13, 2018 - Cold, misty, foggy, and bright all all ways I could describe this moment on the Mississippi River. It sure makes shootin...
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Moment of Truth

January 12, 2018 - The moment of truth for this young eagle as he lunges for a fish in the icy cold Mississippi River. I went with a silhou...
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Young Eagle with a Fish in the Fog

January 11, 2018 - This proud juvenile bald eagle just plucked a nice fish from the misty, cold river. The mist/fog just above the water ad...
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Eagle Fishing Sequence on a Foggy Day

January 10, 2018 - Here is something a little different. I wanted to put a couple of images together to show a brief fishing sequence. Once...
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Flying Art

January 09, 2018 - While a blue sky is always more desirable, I really like how this juvenile bald eagle contrasts against the white, cloud...
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Eagle Jaw Drop

January 08, 2018 - This is an image of a jaw dropping flyover of a magnificent bald eagle with an impressive catch. I just love the express...
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American Treasure the Eagle

January 07, 2018 - I could never tire of watching an American Bald Eagle fishing in the morning. Power, grace, precision, and beauty all on...
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Eagle Fishing is a Thing of Beauty

January 06, 2018 - An artful edit of this beautiful eagle about to catch a fish. Once again, the overcast skies didn't compliment the color...
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Aerial Magician

January 05, 2018 - Here is another Mississippi River Bald Eagle taken on 1-4-18. Due to the cloudy day, the skies behind the eagle were bri...
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Golden Gift

January 05, 2018 - Here is my second edit from my trip to the Mississippi River yesterday. Imagine -20 windchills and scanning the landscap...
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Eagle Locked On

January 04, 2018 - I really like this eagle's side profile as it is locked on to a fish. The eagle contrasts nicely against the smooth hori...
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Eagle with a Fish for Dinner

December 23, 2017 - This image was taken last winter of an eagle with a perfect size catch for a much needed meal. I can't wait to get back...
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The Pitcher

June 05, 2015 - My son wanted to pitch this year and worked hard as he entered his second year of kid-pitch baseball to gain control and...
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