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Great Blue Heron Through the Reeds

June 03, 2024 - After a pesky Red-winged blackbird chased this Great Blue Heron off, I was able to track him through the reeds right in...
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Hermit Thrush Among the Redbud Blooms

April 28, 2023 - A cooperative Hermit Thrush perched among limbs of redbud blooms made for a striking subject. Very rarely do these birds...
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Hermit Thrush Among the Redbud Blooms

April 28, 2023 - A cooperative Hermit Thrush perched among limbs of redbud blooms made for a striking subject. Very rarely do these birds...
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Ewing-3

April 26, 2023 - These Ruby-crowned Kinglets were all over Ewing Park tonight. They are an early and welcome sign that the migration is i...
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Golden Summer

June 14, 2022 - I Love these vibrant little finches all summer long. They always seem to cheer me up. My grandpa, who was not into birdi...
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Blue Jay on a Spring Day

May 30, 2022 - Simple portrait of a Blue Jay on a Spring Day.
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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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Ruby-Crowned Kinglet with a Nice Meal

May 27, 2022 - I was lucky to catch this ruby-crowned kinglet with a fresh catch so it would actually sit long enough for a photo. Thes...
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Black-throated Green Warbler with a Worm

May 25, 2022 - This black-throated green warbler found a little worm among the leaves fairly high up in the canopy of leaves. What a st...
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Sweet Posing Great Crested Flycatcher

May 24, 2022 - One of my favorite flycatchers, this great crested flycatcher posed nicely as it had a beautiful spot to watch for any u...
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Philadelphia Vireo

May 23, 2022 - I thought this was another warbling vireo when I first saw it but after looking through my camera's view finder and the...
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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

May 23, 2022 - I kept hearing this guy calling from up above the canopy of leaves. I thought it was a flycatcher but I wasn't sure so I...
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Summer Song of a Dickcessel

May 22, 2022 - As I was walking the trails at Funk's Grove I heard several Dickcessels singing from the prairie just past the tree line...
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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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A Green Heron at Hidden Creek-3

May 13, 2022 - What a beautiful bird the Green Heron is. This set of images was taken at Hidden Creek Trail in Normal, Illinois.
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Indigo Bunting's Evening Song

May 11, 2022 - The park was quiet tonight, for the most part, except for this beautiful little indigo bunting singing its song. This wa...
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Yellow Warbler at Ewing 2022-2

May 10, 2022 - Yellow warblers, with their vibrant yellow flashes in the shrubs, demand attention every time I come across them. This l...
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Black and White Warbler 2022 at Ewing-2

May 09, 2022 - The black and white warble was one of the first warblers I saw during the migration this spring. It is always to see the...
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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Series

May 06, 2022 - These images of the Gray-blue Gnatcatcher were taken at Ewing Park on 4-30-22. I love watching these birds and their str...
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Prairie Warbler Series

May 05, 2022 - I've seen several prairie warblers now after never seeing one before this year for McLean County. These rare warblers ar...
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Hooded Warbler at Hidden Creek Trail

May 05, 2022 - What better on a cool, spring day? A Hoodie? This Hooded Warbler series was taken of a vibrant hooded warbler at Hidden...
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Black-throated Blue Warbler Series

May 04, 2022 - This brilliant Black-throated Blue Warbler gave me some of the most beautiful, unobstructed views this evening. What a s...
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Prairie Warbler Taking Flight

May 02, 2022 - I captured this image of the prairie warbler as it was taking off. There is something special about birds and they way t...
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Hooded Warbler is Vibrant in the Shadows

May 01, 2022 - The hooded warbler is a gorgeous little warbler. This little guy was difficult to photograph. It was constantly moving u...
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Prairie Warbler in a Crabapple Tree

April 30, 2022 - I went out in the storms and rain this morning with the hopes of getting to see some warblers and especially the prairie...
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Broad-winged Hawk Perched High

April 28, 2022 - While I was hunting for warblers at Ewing Park, this broad-winged hawk was perched high in the trees hunting for its nex...
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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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Norther Waterthrush Blending In

April 26, 2022 - This little northern waterthrush was hopping around on the dark, damp trail looking for insects. If it wasn't hopping ar...
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Kentucky Warbler

April 24, 2022 - It was so nice being able to get out and photograph some birds tonight. I was even blessed with this lifer bird for me,...
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Foster's Tern

April 18, 2022 - The Foster's Tern was a difficult little bird to get in focus as it would dart by me and swoop down to the water and bac...
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Red-tailed Hawk B&W Portrait

April 15, 2022 - I really love this intimate black and white close-up of a red-tailed hawk. This beautiful bird was posing in some pretty...
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Laughing Gull Flyby

April 13, 2022 - The laughing gulls were plentiful at Myrtle Beach over Spring Break. This one gave a good flyby to show off the pretty r...
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Great Egret Flying Low

April 04, 2022 - I love watching these elegant birds soaring so low that their large wings almost skim the water.
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Great Egret Flyby

April 02, 2022 - I was blessed to have this insanely beautiful flyby of this great egret as it flew towards the last bit of evening light...
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Fulvous Whistling-Duck

March 31, 2022 - This beautiful little Fulvous Whistling-Duck was resting among some leaves along the pond at Brookgreen Gardens in South...
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Snowy Egret

March 30, 2022 - The snowy egrets were plentiful along the East Coast. This particular Egret at Brookgreen Gardens gave me several nice p...
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Black-crowned Night-Heron-5

March 29, 2022 - I was able to get several good looks at this Black-crowned Night-Heron while at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. Wh...
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Posing White Ibis

March 28, 2022 - Among many of the birds I was able to observe in South Carolina was the White Ibis and I have several images of them alo...
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Backlit Red-tailed Hawk in Flight

December 19, 2021 - A beautiful red-tailed hawk with wings spread to show off those sun-lit feathers. Such a dramatic pose for a beautiful h...
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Beautiful American Kestrel

December 03, 2021 - I locked eyes with this beautiful American Kestrel today. This is the smallest falcon and one of my favorite little bird...
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Juvenile Playing in the Water

December 02, 2021 - A dreamy image of a juvenile bald eagle going for a fish...or maybe just splashing in a puddle like many kids like to do...
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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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Fishing in the Fog

November 30, 2021 - Here is an image I came across and remember not editing years ago because of the softer focus but that is exactly why I...
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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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Bald Eagle over the Mississippi in B&W

November 28, 2021 - Pretty scene of a Mississippi River bald eagle soaring with common mergansers and other ducks in the background enjoying...
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Happy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2021 - Just a quick edit to say Happy Thanksgiving!
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Impressive Flyover

November 24, 2021 - This is one of those flyovers that can be common along the Mississippi River. One that is so close that I couldn't even...
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Black and White Eagle in Flight

November 23, 2021 - I went with this high contrast black and white edit for this beautiful bald eagle as it flies into your living room.
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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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A Close Look at a Perfect Catch

November 21, 2021 - This might be my new favorite Eagle images to this point. I love this close-up, intimate look of the eagle mid-flight wi...
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Beauty Along the Banks of the Mississippi

November 20, 2021 - Another blast from the past. I really hope I can get back to see these beautiful birds this winter along the Mississippi...
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Catching Ice Cold Fish

November 19, 2021 - An image from 2015 that I just edited of an American Bald Eagle catching a small fish from the ice cold Mississippi Rive...
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Hovering Beauty

November 17, 2021 - Another image of a Mississippi River Bald Eagle that I dug up and edited from the archives. I'm glad I found this image...
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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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Gathering Juniper Berries in Evening Light

November 13, 2021 - I caught this yellow-rumped warbler enjoying some juniper berries just as the sun was going down. I just love when I can...
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Swamp Sparrow's Brilliant Colors

November 12, 2021 - The colors and tones on the back feathers of this swamp sparrow are simply amazing.
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Tennessee Warbler Hideout

November 10, 2021 - I took this image back on Oct. 23rd in the Prairie near Lake Evergreen. It was fun spotting this Tennessee Warbler hidin...
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Yellow-rumped Warbler in the Prairie

November 09, 2021 - I love the isolation and colors on this little yellow-rumped warbler as it sits on a stem back dropped by beautiful prai...
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Swamp Sparrow Pose

November 06, 2021 - Getting birds in good light is always a challenge but especially some of these sparrows that like to withdrawal into thi...
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Golden-crowned Kinglet Blending In

November 03, 2021 - I like this angle showing off the colors of the beautiful Golden-crowned Kinglet even if it was blending in nicely with...
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet-3

November 02, 2021 - How cute is this little Ruby-crowned Kinglet from Lake Evergreen? While it looks fairly calm, this little bird was hoppi...
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Northern Harrier Soaring

November 02, 2021 - I believe this is an adult female or an immature Northern Harrier as it was soaring above a plowed corn field in rural M...
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Orange-crowned Warbler

October 30, 2021 - I don't get to see a lot of these Orange-crowned Warblers, but when I do they are usually late in the season and are str...
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Palm Warbler Vs Spider

October 29, 2021 - I love this image of a palm warbler sneaking up on a totally unsuspecting spider. The second image in this series shows...
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Palm Warbler Profile

October 28, 2021 - I just love the sweet, confident pose this little Palm Warbler gave.
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White-crowned Sparrow Glow

October 27, 2021 - I really like the airy, dreamy feel of this image of a White-crowned sparrow. Beautiful bird in a beautiful field.
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Ruby-Crowned Kinglet in Fall Goldenrod

October 26, 2021 - The sea of goldenrod is beautiful in the prairie right now especially when backlit by the sun AND even more so when a pr...
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White-throated Sparrow-2

October 25, 2021 - These White-throated Sparrows were all over the prairie in flocks. Like the white-crowned sparrow, they are a larger spa...
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White-crowned Sparrow-4

October 24, 2021 - The white-crowned sparrow is a strikingly good looking sparrow with the black and white crown on mature birds. They are...
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Harris's Sparrow

October 23, 2021 - The sparrows were in full force in the prairie today around Lake Evergreen. I took 100's of sparrow images. Of course mo...
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Blue Jay Flyover

October 21, 2021 - While photographing the Osprey on Lake Bloomington, this Blue Jay flew over trying to steal the show. Valiant effort lit...
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Turkey on the Run

October 18, 2021 - This image was taken on a rainy day in early October as several female turkey were running for cover a tree line as the...
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Swamp Sparrow in Dappled Light

October 17, 2021 - I just love the rich colors and tones in this image of a swamp sparrow. The light was dapple in the thick bushes and ree...
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Great Egret through Fall Leaves

October 16, 2021 - If you have to shoot through foliage, might as well make it pretty, fall colors. While most of our trees haven't changed...
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GBH in Flight at Sunset

October 14, 2021 - A Great Blue Heron in flight is so majestic but even more so in the golden hour sunset.
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Palm Warbler in the Fall

October 13, 2021 - A friendly palm warbler popped in the opening of grass and reeds to give me a nice long look. I was able to get fairly c...
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Swamp Sparrow in some Reeds

October 12, 2021 - I saw the poms of this common reed moving like crazy and so I kept the camera pointed ready to see what bird might appea...
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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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Red-tailed Hawk Wings Out

October 10, 2021 - I was able to get several images of this beautiful red-tailed hawk this morning. I can't make it out but it was eating s...
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Nashville Warbler Blending in with the Goldenrod

October 09, 2021 - It is amazing how many times we walk by these little warblers and don't know they are even there until they fly off. Thi...
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Yellow-rumped Warbler Eating Dinner

October 08, 2021 - Yellow-rumped Warbler enjoying an evening snack of poison ivy berries.
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

October 07, 2021 - These little Kinglets are fast. This Ruby-crowned Kinglet was cute as he would hang from the side of branches like this.
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Fall Goldfinch on some Spent Thistle

October 06, 2021 - This American Goldfinch found a little perch on a thistle plant.
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Northern Flicker Pose

October 05, 2021 - A Northern Flicker in warm evening light is a view to behold!
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Northern Flicker's Flashy Colors

October 05, 2021 - I absolutely love catching a norther flicker with its wings spread in good light. They have such brilliant colors.
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Osprey Eye Contact

October 04, 2021 - I captured this quick glance as the Osprey flew by at Lake Bloomington. I have always loved the Osprey.
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Double-crested Cormorant Swimming By

October 04, 2021 - I got to watch this double-crested cormorant swim quite close to the shore while hiking at Lake Evergreen. I was on one...
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Lake Bloomington Osprey with a Fish

October 03, 2021 - As I was driving around Lake Bloomington, I noticed the Osprey was out circling over the lake. By the time I got to the...
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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Takeoff

October 02, 2021 - Seeing a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on a bare pole so I could get a nice look with no limbs blocking my way was nice but g...
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White-breasted Nuthatch in Autumn

October 02, 2021 - I had just finished hiking one of the trails out at Dawson Lake and was getting ready to leave. As I was closing the car...
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Golden-winged Warbler in the Fall

October 02, 2021 - This brilliant Golden-winged Warbler almost got by me without me getting an image. It is always nice to see one so vibra...
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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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Chestnut-sided Warbler with a Moth

September 30, 2021 - Sometimes I get lucky with when I catch a warbler with an insect but I feel very blessed when I get bird, insect, and st...
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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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Red-tailed Hawk Flyby

September 27, 2021 - I had this great look of a red-tailed hawk as it flew by. The shot wasn't easy to get with the back light and how fast t...
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Great Blue Heron at Centennial Park in Heyworth Illinois-3

September 26, 2021 - Great Blue Heron at Centennial Park in Heyworth, Illinois.
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Hummingbird Finds a Web-2

September 26, 2021 - This series of ruby-throated hummingbird images was one of the coolest hummingbird experiences I've been able to observe...
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Bay-breasted Warbler Hunting an Ant

September 25, 2021 - This ant had no idea what was about to hit it. The bay-breasted warbler was looking under every leaf in its path. I woul...
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Magnolia Warbler-3

September 23, 2021 - The, always beautiful, magnolia warbler.
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Fall Palm Warbler

September 22, 2021 - I was pleasantly surprised to see some palm warblers flying back and forth from the corn field to the trees along a rura...
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Eastern Wood-Pewee-5

September 17, 2021 - I really enjoyed a 20 minute log photo session with this Eastern Wood-Pewee at Ewing park on 9/13/21. It has a perfect l...
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Blackburnian Warbler Wings Up

September 15, 2021 - I caught this blackburnian warbler just as it landed on this limb showing off the beautiful colors and markings on its s...
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Vibrant Canada Warbler

September 14, 2021 - I was so excited that this little Canada Warbler popped out of the leaves to give me a good look. I usually don't get a...
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Black-and-white Warbler at Ewing Park-2

September 12, 2021 - The black-and-white warbler doesn't get always get a much attention as the more colorful warblers, I really do love thei...
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Black-throated Blue Warbler

September 11, 2021 - I was so very excited to see this warbler this morning at Heyworth Centennial Park. This black-throated blue warbler was...
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Golden-winged in Golden Light

September 09, 2021 - This beautiful golden-winged warbler gave a very nice pose looking into the light.
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Red-eyed Vireo Profile

September 09, 2021 - I love when the light hits the eyes just right showing off the beautiful red eyes of these vireos.
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A Nashville and Tennessee Warbler

September 08, 2021 - Sweet little Tennessee Warbler...I saw this bird the same day I found a Nashville Warbler. Yes!
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Black-throated Green Warbler Browsing the Web

September 07, 2021 - I saw more little warblers and even a hummingbird looking at spider webs for insects in could steal. They were browsing...
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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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Mourning Warbler

September 05, 2021 - I was very excited to find this mourning warbler this morning on a very nice and cool day. With the crisp 59 degree in t...
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Killdeer

September 04, 2021 - Killdeer were very active in the flooded fields I was photographing around Bloomington/Normal. While this large plover i...
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Least Sandpiper

September 01, 2021 - This little shore bird is a Least Sandpiper, I believe. It was much smaller than the other shore birds and stuck to the...
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Lesser Yellowlegs Looking for a Sunset Snack

August 31, 2021 - The beautiful light and reflection make this image really pop. I love how the eye is reflected just above the water line...
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Solitary Sandpiper

August 31, 2021 - I managed to capture this pretty Solitary Sandpiper as it flew by low above the water. I love that it showed off those b...
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Wilson's Phalarope

August 30, 2021 - I believe this is a Wilson's Phalarope. It was fascinating watching them swim in circles (there were 2 of them). I didn'...
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Lesser Yellowlegs Liftoff

August 30, 2021 - I was thankful to capture this moment of a lesser yellowlegs taking off from the water. It all happens so quickly and ma...
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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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The Next Step of a Lesser Yellowlegs

August 24, 2021 - It is amazing watching shore birds work shallow ponds and puddles. I sat for hours watching these lesser yellowlegs movi...
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Check Out those Yellowlegs

August 24, 2021 - Just a couple of Dowitchers checking out the Yellowlegs strolling by.
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Preening Short-billed Dowitcher

August 23, 2021 - I got this pretty cool angle of the short-billed dowitcher preening itself. What great balance!
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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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Lesser Yellowleg in B&W

August 21, 2021 - The reflections on the standing water in this rural field were amazing last night and the light was perfect. Perfect for...
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Soaring Mountain High

August 11, 2021 - I was lucky to get this image of this red-tailed hawk soaring into the scene as I was trying to compose an image of this...
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Black-headed Grosbeak

August 09, 2021 - Another cool first time bird I photographed in Colorado last week...a female/immature Black-headed Grosbeak. I spent wee...
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Broad-tailed Hummingbird-5

August 08, 2021 - I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed...
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Red Winged Blackbird in Good Light-3

July 16, 2021 - Beautiful Red-Winged Blackbird in good light at Shroeder nature preserve last week. This bird was fine with flying form...
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Eastern Meadowlark-1

July 10, 2021 - The Eastern Meadowlark is one of those birds that makes their presence known from their calls along country roads, field...
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Mourning Dove Sitting Pretty

July 09, 2021 - I love the common, yet beautiful, mourning dove. They are in abundance in North America. I also love the sound their win...
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Ruby Throated Hummingbird Hovering

July 08, 2021 - It was a beautiful night with beautiful light to get hummingbird images. Here is a ruby throated hummingbird hovering ni...
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Yellow-billed Cuckoo

July 07, 2021 - A cool bird that I usually hear more than I see and now I can say I finally have a good usable image of one. There were...
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Flying Into the Last Remaining Light of the Day

July 06, 2021 - This might be my new personal favorite cardinal image. The light in the wooded area was almost gone as the sun was close...
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Common Yellowthroat Singing From a Compass Plant

July 05, 2021 - The prairie is full of these tall compass plants sticking up through the sea of perennials. They have beautiful yellow b...
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Female Red-winged Blackbird with a Moth

July 03, 2021 - I watched this female red-winged blackbird flying all over the place and when it finally flew by in a straight line, I n...
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Evening Song by a Dickcissel

July 03, 2021 - These vibrant little birds have been lining the prairie singing their songs from all directions. Dickcissels were everyw...
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Eastern Towhee Making Himself Heard

July 02, 2021 - I always enjoy hearing their song carrying through the prairie. The eastern towhee has striking looks especially with th...
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Portrait of a Female Blue Grosbeak

July 01, 2021 - I spent another evening with this Blue Grosbeak pair as they worked hard catching insects and taking them to their fledg...
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Female Blue Grosbeak-1

June 30, 2021 - This female blue grosbeak has become one of my favorite little birds. Unlike the male blue grosbeak, she has been very a...
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Male Blue Grosbeak

June 29, 2021 - I had fun taking photos of a male and female blue grosbeak at Lake Evergreen last night. The storms rolled through and t...
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Acadian Flycatcher

June 25, 2021 - I spotted this sweet little flycatcher along the gold mine trail in Tazewell County, near the Mackinaw River. I can neve...
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The Beautiful Chipping Sparrow

June 23, 2021 - I love the markings of the chipping sparrow. The best thing about photographing small birds that are always on the move...
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Indigo Bunting Peeking Through the Wildflowers

June 22, 2021 - There were so many indigo buntings patrolling the wooded areas near the Mackinaw River in Tazewell County today. I was h...
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Bluejay with a Bug

June 19, 2021 - Going through some images I took this spring and I came across this one of a bluejay that had been hopping around on the...
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Magnolia Warbler Looking for Bugs

May 27, 2021 - I know I got in a little late on the warbler action this year and pretty much only saw a few varieties. The magnolia war...
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Singing Gray Catbird

May 26, 2021 - I could listen to these Gray Catbirds sing all day long...such beautiful songs! This was taken May 19th at Ewing Park in...
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Posing Scarlet Tanager

May 24, 2021 - I was in awe of this posing scarlet tanager in beautiful evening light last Wednesday. Despite having vibrant colors, he...
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Olive-sided Flycatcher with a Bee

May 22, 2021 - The flycatchers have been out in full force at Ewing this week and this olive-sided flycatcher is one of my favorites. I...
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Hooded Warbler Series

May 20, 2021 - An image from a series of images of this beautiful little hooded warbler.
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Hooded Warbler

May 19, 2021 - I'm very excited about this hooded warbler that I spotted this evening at Ewing park. I was heading back to the parking...
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Inquisitive Cardinal

May 18, 2021 - I love when a bird poses for me. Usually I only get a second or two before they fly off, hop to another branch, or duck...
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Magnolia Warbler Among the Leaves

May 16, 2021 - I love this image of a sweet little magnolia warbler spotted through the thick branches and leaves. It shows just how di...
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Chestnut-sided Warbler Basking in the Glow

May 15, 2021 - Life has been busy and full lately, which has limited my ability and energy to get out and enjoy the spring migration. Y...
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Great Blue Heron In Flight

March 07, 2021 - The great blue heron is such a majestic bird. They cast an unmistakable shadow as they fly over.
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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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Tufted Titmouse Bath Time-4

February 28, 2021 - How cute is this tufted titmouse bathing in a puddle along the trail? It was enjoying the ice cold bath and then would s...
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Horned Lark on the Roadside

February 10, 2021 - Horned Larks typically fly off before I can get close enough, but this little guy stayed long enough to give me a good l...
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Dark-eyed Junco Found a Patch to Feed

February 08, 2021 - This sweet little dark-eyed junco found a small patch of grass to find something to eat.
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Pretty Robin in a Juniper Tree

February 06, 2021 - One of my favorite little trees to check this time of year because it attracts all kinds of birds looking for food is th...
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B&W Eagle Wingspan

February 02, 2021 - Here is another, previously unedited, eagle image from the archives taken from 2016. Check out this full wing extension.
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Dreaming of Eagle Flyovers

February 01, 2021 - I'm really missing seeing these beautiful eagles on the Mississippi River. I decided to dig through my archives to edit...
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Dark-eyed Junco Showing off the Markings

January 31, 2021 - A beautiful little Dark-eyed Junco was sitting among the icy and snowy branches and showing off the beautiful markings o...
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Winter Female Cardinal

January 30, 2021 - The snow-covered trees gave me a small window to photograph this pretty female cardinal. The limbs framed her well.
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Bald Eagle at Sunset on the Mackinaw

January 28, 2021 - When I took this image I didn't think it would turn out. I tried to expose for the eagle while still preserving the suns...
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Perched Eagle in a Winter Scene on the Mackinaw River

January 24, 2021 - Taken last week (1-17-21) during the snowfall on the Mackinaw River. Simple black and white of a beautiful and serene sc...
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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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Pileated Woodpecker is 2021 Bird of the Year

January 07, 2021 - The Pileated Woodpecker is ABA's 2021 Bird of the Year. It just so happens I spotted my second ever pileated woodpecker...
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Tufted Titmouse on a Snowy Branch

January 05, 2021 - Today is National Bird Day which, naturally, calls for a bird image. Here is one of my favorite little birds to watch in...
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Bee on a Blooming Thistle

September 06, 2020 - The colors of this bee enjoying a blooming thistle plant caught my eye while I was looking for warblers. I only had my l...
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Red-eyed Vireo Found a Fall Berry

September 05, 2020 - I found this red-eyed vireo yesterday at Ewing Park as it found a red berry. The fall migration has begun and I hope to...
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Songs of Summer by a Song Sparrow

August 29, 2020 - Beautiful morning, beautiful colors, and a beautiful song. I'm going to miss summer.
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Patrolling the Sunflower Field

August 15, 2020 - Another image of the indigo bunting I shared from yesterday as he was hopping around in this sunflower field. Again, I f...
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Indigo Bunting on a Sunflower

August 14, 2020 - I went out yesterday morning with the intention of taking some landscape images, but this beautiful little bird made me...
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Louie and Lady the House Wrens

July 08, 2020 - We have a couple of house wrens that took up residence in my mom and dad's old bird house that I put up in our backyard...
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Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird In Flight

June 04, 2020 - I was so happy to see several ruby-throated humming birds buzzing around the grass fields of Funk's Grove again. I enjoy...
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Black-and-white Warbler

May 20, 2020 - I love watching this little warbler hopping from tree trunk to tree trunk looking for bugs. Like most warblers they aren...
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Red-bellied Woodpecker Working the Tree

April 21, 2020 - I caught a nice side profile of this red-bellied woodpecker as he was working on this tree as you can see by the multipl...
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Posing Swamp Sparrow

April 19, 2020 - I have several images of this, surprisingly, photogenic swam sparrow. Usually these little sparrows stay burrowed in alo...
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Tree Swallow on the Move

April 18, 2020 - I love this time of year and the tree swallow is one of the reasons. I love when they return to the downed trees around...
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Chickadee in Backlit Golden Light

April 15, 2020 - A sweet little chickadee gathering materials for a nest while backlit by golden light.
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American Coot Pair

April 11, 2020 - I finally got a decent image of the eye of an American Coot as he looked back into the even sun. Not the easiest bird to...
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Sleepy Pelicans and a Big Yawn

April 09, 2020 - The pelicans were very restful and one even stretched and gave a big yawn. It made me tired just watching them.
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Eastern Towhee Morning Song

April 07, 2020 - I've seen several Eastern Towhees in Central Illinois this week. Here is one giving his all in a morning song.
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Cardinal Enjoying the View

April 06, 2020 - Cardinals were everywhere this weekend when I was hiking. It was the predominate bird I heard and saw flashing from tree...
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Pelican Heart

April 05, 2020 - Check out these love birds. I do believe that is a Pelican Heart. #together
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A Beautiful Scaup

April 04, 2020 - I love the colors and markings of this Scaup. I don't know if it is a Greater or Lesser Scaup, so if anyone knows let me...
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Eastern Bluebird in Golden Hour

April 03, 2020 - This Eastern Bluebird was at the edge of a wooded area and just far enough out to be lit by the beautiful golden hour su...
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Gull vs Double-crested Cormorant Series 1

April 02, 2020 - I love this interaction between the Ring-billed Gull vs the Double-crested Cormorant while catching a fish. It is so ama...
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Sneaking Up on a Wood Duck

April 01, 2020 - I just love these ducks but I can never seem to get close enough to them. Today I was finally able to get a few shots be...
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A Blue-winged Teal Pair

March 31, 2020 - Enjoy this image of a beautiful blue-winged teal pair. There were several on this particular evening and usually the sta...
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Goose Lagoon

March 30, 2020 - I found this goose in this little paradise I call Goose Lagoon. It was so peaceful and tucked away in the backwaters amo...
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Pied Billed Grebe on a Rainy Day

March 29, 2020 - The Pied-billed Grebe is such a cute little diving bird. I enjoy watching them as they dive looking for food.
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Anyone Home?

March 28, 2020 - A Downy Woodpecker was hopping from tree to tree looking for a meal. it was funny as he made ti to this tree hole and po...
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Lake Evergreen Bald Eagle

March 26, 2020 - Here is a local eagle from Lake Evergreen this past week. This is a pretty heavy crop and it was pretty far away but I j...
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Great Blue Heron in Flight

March 26, 2020 - I was driving along and saw some ducks pretty far out. I pulled over to the shoulder and as I raised my camera to see th...
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Red-breasted Merganser

March 25, 2020 - I saw the male and female red-breasted merganser as I was about to leave. It was the only pair I saw from shore so I fel...
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This Bufflehead was Moving

March 25, 2020 - This female bufflehead flew out of the cove as I approached it. She startled me as much as I startled her. She took off...
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Beautiful Red Tailed Hawk

March 25, 2020 - I spent a good 20 minutes watching and photographing this red tailed hawk stalk a vole, catch it, eat it, and pose. Natu...
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Female Horned Grebe

March 24, 2020 - Here is the female horned grebe to go with the male picture.
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Horned Grebe

March 24, 2020 - This was the first time I have ever seen a horned grebe. While trying to get shots of a common loon, this horned grebe s...
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Profile Pose of a Red Tailed Hawk

March 24, 2020 - A juvenile red tailed hawk giving a side profile view.
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Red Tailed Hawk Stare

March 24, 2020 - I was hoping to sneak up on this red tailed hawk but no luck...he spotted me quite easily. It didn't seem to scare him o...
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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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Belted Kingfisher Making Off with His Fish

March 23, 2020 - I knew a belted kingfisher was near based on his call and seeing flashes of blue darting among the trees along the water...
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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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Male Ring-necked Pheasant

March 18, 2020 - Check out the colors of this Male Ring-necked Pheasant I saw on this rainy evening. He was nice enough to give several p...
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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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American Robin

March 16, 2020 - I love the early morning songs in early Spring from The American Robin and seeing them hopping around the lawn on a rain...
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Soaked Tufted Titmouse

March 15, 2020 - This tufted titmouse didn't seem to be appreciating the wet snow on this March afternoon.
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Pileated Woodpecker

March 14, 2020 - I have been in search of the pileated woodpecker for awhile now. This bird always seems to elude me. I've heard it many...
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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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Eastern Bluebird 47

January 26, 2020 - One of my favorite little birds is the Eastern Bluebird. I've seen them and have taken a photo of them here and there bu...
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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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Flight Before Sundown

December 27, 2017 - I love the dramatic lighting as the late sun was setting on this eagle flying over the Mississippi from last winter (Jan...
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B&W Eagle Pose

December 24, 2017 - From last season, this eagle provided a unique pose as he flew over. Once again, I really like this one in black and whi...
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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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Simply Beautiful Bald Eagle

December 18, 2017 - This was taken last January and I can't wait to get back to the Mississippi River this winter once the weather gets cold...
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How You Doing?

July 11, 2017 - How about this image of a male cardinal checking himself out? I found it quite funny as he kept cocking his head back an...
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Little Burglar

June 20, 2017 - Busted this baby burglar raccoon as he fed on seed in the feeder tray at Funk's Grove.
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Bottoms Up

August 23, 2016 - My in-laws planted sunflowers in their garden this year and the gold finches are loving the fresh seeds. Such a beautifu...
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Quite the Fish

December 27, 2015 - Here is another image from last February on the Mississippi River. I'm happy to have so many unedited images still from...
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A Thing of Beauty

December 21, 2015 - Here is another image from last season (February to be exact). Seeing them fish sure is a thing of beauty to behold. The...
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Ruby-Throated Beauty

August 10, 2015 - These little birds are a pleasure to watch. It is quite remarkable how they zip around the wildflowers so easily and dri...
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Dropping in to Say Hi

August 05, 2015 - The hummingbird can be quite difficult to photograph due to how fast they move and how small they are, but they are so m...
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Goldfinch Looking Over His Shoulder

August 04, 2015 - This image really shows off this little birds vibrant colors. I love seeing these little birds this time of year.
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Does He See Me?

August 03, 2015 - In my pursuit of hummingbirds this past weekend, I photographed several of these golden finches...my youngest son's favo...
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The Beautiful Ruby Throated Hummingbird

August 01, 2015 - I went out today (August 1st) in an attempt to get some nice images of this fast moving little bird. I was rewarded by s...
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Says Phoebe with a Bee

August 01, 2015 - So I was even able to get my bird fix while in Colorado. I didn't go searching for birds but I did try to take photos on...
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An Eagle on the Mississippi

February 26, 2015 - There are many sights to behold in this world and watching an eagle soaring out over the Mississippi during the winter m...
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Eagle with Impeccable Form

February 25, 2015 - Eagles are incredible birds created perfectly to fly at great speeds, catch prey, and to, simply, inspire! Facebook
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Pretty Pelican Pose

February 24, 2015 - Well it isn't an eagle as many have moved on from their Mississippi River fishing grounds, but the pelicans are starting...
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Fishing in the Morning Fog

December 07, 2014 - Yesterday morning was a bit foggy on the river when I arrived and the sun was just starting to come out. The morning sun...
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Fishing Juvenile Bald Eagle

December 06, 2014 - I took my first trip back to the Mississippi River this winter today to scout things out and I was just dieing to get ba...
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Foraging for Winter

November 25, 2014 - Here is what many of my favorite winged creatures are doing right now...preparing for winter. This was one of several tu...
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Singing Into the Blue

July 19, 2014 - Indigo buntings are so pretty and I've seen more this summer than I've seen my entire life. They seem to be everywhere....
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Orchard Oriol in the Brush

July 16, 2014 - This morning I found this male orchard oriole hanging out in this thick brush. He is a little wet from the morning dew,...
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Patrolling the Blooms

July 13, 2014 - Photographing these tiny hummingbirds while they are feeding is challenging enough but getting them while they are weavi...
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A Peeping Female Orchard Oriole

June 21, 2014 - I had the happy surprise a little over a week ago encountering this beautiful female orchard oriole in good light. The m...
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Feeding the Young

June 18, 2014 - I am so happy to have had the experience of watching these tree swallows gathering bugs and feeding their nestlings. I'm...
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Great Grandma's Wren

June 17, 2014 - This little wren lives in my parent's mailbox and gives his warning calls whenever you walk by, which is fine because wh...
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Spring Chickadee

May 10, 2014 - The chickadee is one of my favorite little birds. This guy landed just long enough for a quick photo among this tree's S...
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Sing Loud this Easter Morning

April 19, 2014 - "Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time." Martin Lu...
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Smooth Operator

February 11, 2014 - A confident-looking eagle after grabbing a fresh meal. I cropped this image so that the eagle appears eye level to the v...
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Splash

February 10, 2014 - Capturing the moment the eagle hits the water...splash. Facebook
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How Low Can You Go?

February 10, 2014 - It is difficult to demonstrate in a photo, but I think this one comes close to showing how low and fast the eagles skim...
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The American Bald Eagle

February 09, 2014 - A head-on, closeup of The American Bald Eagle in flight. There aren't many words that can describe the feeling you get w...
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What a Wingspan

February 07, 2014 - Their wingspans are impressive and images like this really show off how amazing they are. At 6.5 to 7.5 feet their wings...
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Mighty Mississippi Eagle

February 06, 2014 - A nice view of an eagle in flight showing off. They sure know how to put on a show...the whole scene is amazing. A legen...
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Fishing Along the Banks of the Mississippi

January 03, 2014 - It was a long and very cold day today photographing the bald eagles. The lighting wasn't good most of the day and the ea...
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Sweet Little House Wren

July 17, 2013 - I have a cute story about this sweet little wren. My in-laws live in the country so I love visiting their garden and lan...
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Eastern Kingbird

June 15, 2013 - The Eastern Kingbird is a really cool summer bird in Illinois. They eat insects and look really cool as they fly over fi...
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The Hitchhiker

June 10, 2013 - This poor horse kept getting pestered by the red-winged blackbird while he was eating. I really liked the summer feel of...
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Perfect Form

February 18, 2013 - It is amazing to think about what all has to happen for these eagles to be able to grab fish. It is a perfect blend of c...
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Showing Off

February 02, 2013 - This bird seemed to fly by with one wing up to show off his fresh kill. I'm glad he did! FACEBOOK
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Putting on the Brakes

January 27, 2013 - This is an image that I've really wanted to capture ever since seeing these birds fly to and away from these trees. Many...
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Golden Hour Bald Eagle

January 26, 2013 - Capturing this moment at the perfect time of day with the warm golden hour sun felt really good. The light couldn't have...
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Look Before Turning

January 18, 2013 - I have so many Bald Eagle images from my last trip to the Mississippi River, but the fun part is finding the various uni...
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Winter Stroll

January 16, 2013 - At first glance you see a nice winter scene with ice on the lake and bare trees, but after looking more closely, you can...
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Cardinal in the Snow

January 02, 2013 - A cardinal in the winter is probably one of the most beautiful sights. Their red seems to stand out among the winter won...
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