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Cedar Waxwing in Magical Light

May 22, 2024 - Its hard enough to get a bird to sit and pose but its incredible rare to get one to pose long enough for a photo in such...
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Cedar Waxwing Party of 3

May 21, 2024 - I felt like I was interrupting family dinner when I photographed these 3 cedar waxwings. Unfortunately the limb was bloc...
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Song Sung Blue

May 20, 2024 - This was the first indigo bunting that I photographed this season. I heard it singing above me and quickly adjusted my c...
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White-eyed Vireo Portrait

May 19, 2024 - It was a bit frustrating hearing the birds but not being able to get a good look or image due to the heaving leaf covera...
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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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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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Contortionist Cedar Waxwing gets a Berry

May 15, 2022 - This Cedar Waxwing showed off its flexibility as it contorted its neck to pull this berry from the stem. Once again, the...
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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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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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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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Northern Parula Colors

May 08, 2022 - Norther Parula's are gorgeous little migrant birds and I always enjoy their arrival. This particular one seemed to be sh...
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Prothonotary Warbler's Morning Song

May 06, 2022 - Nothing like walking the trail at Centennial Park and hearing a beautiful song through the trees. I managed this photo b...
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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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Has it Stopped Raining Yet?

May 03, 2022 - Of the two days I've been able to photograph Spring birds this year, it has rained at least part of the day. This beauti...
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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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Prothonotary Warbler in a Bradford Pear-2

April 25, 2022 - The Prothonotary Warbler is such a beautiful warbler. I was completely surprised to see this breathtaking bird among a g...
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Worm-eating Warbler

April 25, 2022 - Another lifer bird for me yesterday at Ewing Park was the worm-eating warbler. Thankfully a couple of experienced birder...
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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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Egret Convention

April 02, 2022 - A collection of Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets in the same portion of this coastal creek in the Russell Burgess Coastal P...
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Good Morning North Myrtle Beach

March 27, 2022 - One of the beautiful sunrises we were blessed with over Spring Break on North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
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Stocking Up for Winter

November 14, 2021 - This Robin has the right idea...stocking up on juniper berries before winter arrives!
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Northern Harrier on a Morning Hunt

November 01, 2021 - I so love these birds...Northern Harriers are fun to watch as they swoop low over fields as they hunt. This image is the...
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Happy Halloween

October 30, 2021 - I had a fun time taking and editing this image of an old, abandoned farm house in rural McLean County. I thought it woul...
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Song Sparrow

October 28, 2021 - While common, song sparrows are still a very beautiful and striking bird. I love all of their dark streaks and patterns.
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Morning on the Open Prairie

October 24, 2021 - I was excited to be able to capture this image of an American Kestrel patrolling the prairie for breakfast just before s...
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Messy Eater

October 19, 2021 - This squirrel was a noisy and messy eater as you can see the crumbs flying. This image was taken at 16000 ISO and I'm so...
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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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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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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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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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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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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Posing

October 03, 2021 - A nice closeup of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Posing for me.
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Common Yellowthroat Basking in the Sun

October 01, 2021 - I wonder why they call them yellowthroats? HA! This little guy was soaking up the morning sun. This was taken out by Lak...
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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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Black-throated Green Warbler on the Attack

September 19, 2021 - The Black-throated Green Warbler wasted no time going after this unsuspecting insect that invaded its airspace.
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Black-throated Green Warbler Posing

September 16, 2021 - Its always nice when you know a little warbler is moving among the leaves and you prefocus on a spot just hoping and wai...
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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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Wading Short-billed Dowitcher

August 22, 2021 - Just enjoy the beauty of this wading Short-billed Dowitcher as you end the weekend and gear up for a new week. I know it...
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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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Tree Swallow Skimming the Pond for Bugs

July 07, 2021 - Another image of a bird in flight flying fast and low over the pond. The swallows are fun to watch as they pick off bugs...
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Female Orchard Oriole Says Happy 4th!

July 04, 2021 - The orioles, both the Baltimore and Orchard, were out if full force this week at Lake Evergreen. I'll share a series of...
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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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Leaping Through the Fields

June 24, 2021 - I startled this doe as she was feeding in the fields...she startled me too. I didn't know she was there until I heard so...
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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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Pretty Pitbull

March 28, 2021 - Here is Bella, the first of our 2 puppies we adopted in the winter. She is so sweet and loving to our family, and especi...
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Belted Kingfisher on a Wire

January 18, 2021 - The snow didn't stop this belted kingfisher from intently watching the Mackinaw River below for an afternoon meal.
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Winter Solstice Moon

December 21, 2020 - We were able to see and get a blurry image of the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter but nothing post worthy. The moon, h...
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Standing Out

August 24, 2020 - This sunflower wasn't afraid to stand out and shine bright.
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Craving the Morning Light

August 22, 2020 - On a cool, damp, foggy morning, a sunflower stands tall craving the sun's warm light.
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Bees Love the Sunflower

August 10, 2020 - It is always good seeing bees at work. They were loving this warm, sunlit sunflower.
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American Water-lily

June 18, 2020 - While I didn't have the best light, I love this intimate image of a water-lily closing up for the evening. As I took thi...
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Canada Warbler

May 23, 2020 - I wasn't able to get very close to this one but I was happy to find this little warbler and needed to share. Here is a C...
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Bay-breasted Warbler

May 23, 2020 - Here is another warbler I photographed at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. It was nice to get this and the Cape May...it was...
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Yellow-throated Vireo

May 21, 2020 - Another beautiful vireo is the yellow-throated vireo. This particular bird had quite a bit of personality and let me tak...
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Eastern Wood Pewee

May 16, 2020 - I'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insec...
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Wild Turkey Showing Off

May 10, 2020 - I had to pull the car over when I saw this male turkey approaching two female turkeys. I had a feeling he would present...
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The Downy Woodpecker Found a Spider

May 08, 2020 - This is a pretty cool series of a Downy Woodpecker searching and finding a spider. I'm not a fan of spiders so have at i...
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Least Flycatcher

April 30, 2020 - This was the 2nd flycatcher I saw today and another 1st time seeing this type of bird for me. I was blessed to get a ver...
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Posing Yellow-rumped Warbler

April 20, 2020 - This little warbler sat out on this old log and posed just long enough to take this colorful portrait.
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Spring Sunset in April

April 10, 2020 - "Peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank." - Diane Miller An Extraordinary Day
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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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Morning Doe at Sunrise

March 20, 2020 - I almost missed this doe and I'm sure you have to look a couple of times to spot her. She blended in so well with the go...
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A Winter Day in March

March 17, 2020 - An image from Saturday March 14th. Nothing like a 3-5 inch snow in March. A Sunset from Sunday, March 15th, a day aft...
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Red-bellied Woodpecker

March 16, 2020 - Here is an image of a Red-bellied Woodpecker as the available light was getting worse. This image is was taken at 6400 I...
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Restful Winter

March 07, 2020 - I made this image a couple of weeks ago when there was still ice on the lakes. This image conveys the peace and quiet fo...
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Doe in the Field

February 28, 2020 - A single doe in the field. The simplicity of this image is beautiful.
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Shy Young Doe

February 25, 2020 - This young doe was peeking out from the cover too timid to cross the path as she watched us. I almost didn't notice her...
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Great Horned Owl at Dusk

February 24, 2020 - In my pursuit to get the best nature images possible, I sometimes get hung-up on the technical aspects of an image. Trul...
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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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Whitetail Posing at Sunset

February 22, 2020 - A whitetail buck posing in the evening sunset...quite a magnificent scene. It was very special moment that I was able to...
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Creating Art

February 19, 2020 - Here is an image of Grace capturing the magic of blue hour and me capturing the Magic of Art.
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Winter Sunset Over the Lake

February 18, 2020 - As the sun was setting, I was able to get low to the ice and frame the sun among the tree stumps. At first I wasn't sure...
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Shimmering Snow at Sunset

February 17, 2020 - I love when snow catches the light creating a beautiful shimmer. I also appreciate the leading lines in the snow bank le...
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Cedar Waxwing Sitting in Perfect Light

February 06, 2020 - I came home from work tonight to find several robins, waxwings, starlings, and chickadee's. It was a pleasant sight to s...
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Sleepy Teenager and His Dog

February 05, 2020 - My youngest loves animals and especially finds comfort in our family dog. She is so patient with him and will even share...
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Northern Flicker 5

January 27, 2020 - The Northern Flicker is a beautiful bird and I love catching them in the right light. The light found this Northern Flic...
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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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Cedar Waxwing 47

January 05, 2020 - What a gift I received on Nation Bird Day. I was a bit bummed this winter break that I wasn't able to get images of my b...
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Cardinal in the Fog

December 31, 2019 - Male Cardinal among the thicket on a foggy day allowing me to take his photo.
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Red-headed Woodpecker

December 30, 2019 - Check out this scruffy looking Red-headed Woodpecker. It has been awhile since I hiked Merwin Nature Preserve, but Julie...
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Bluejay

December 29, 2019 - Here is another image of a bird, a bluejay, from my outing yesterday in poor lighting conditions using the Canon EOS R....
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Tufted Titmouse

December 28, 2019 - Here is an image of one of my favorite birds, the tufted titmouse. He is in the process of eating a peanut. This is one...
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Winter Evening

December 19, 2019 - I just love the colors and serenity of a winter sunset. The air is crisp, the light is magical, and the sky is like a pa...
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Faith is Ready for Christmas

December 10, 2019 - The old girl was chilling on the ottoman in front of the tree tonight and looking way too cute. I just had to take her p...
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Evening on Broadway

November 25, 2019 - Here is an image of Time Square at dusk just before dark. Just when you think it can't get more magnificent, night falls...
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The Lights of Time Square

November 22, 2019 - What a spectacular view Times Square is. It is quite literally a sensory overload. The lights, smells, and sounds of New...
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Moon Over Manhattan1

November 20, 2019 - I felt lucky to get this next series of images. It isn't too often that you get an opportunity to photograph New York fr...
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Lower Manhattan from Top of the Rock

November 19, 2019 - I love the views form Top of the Rock in Lower Manhattan. New York is truly a concrete jungle!
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Empire State Building

November 19, 2019 - Here is the view from The Rock of Lower Manhattan and The Empire State Building. In the distance you can see the Statue...
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Fall in Central Park

November 17, 2019 - The view from Top of the Rock in New York is, simply, breathtaking! It gave me this opportunity to photograph Central Pa...
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Always Remembered

November 17, 2019 - The 2nd image I'm sharing from our trip to New York is this very special image of the 9/11 Memorial. One of our first st...
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Fall Day in Central Park

November 14, 2019 - We took the family on a trip to New York along with my son's High School band as they were set to march in the Veteran's...
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