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Intimate Moment Between Lesser Yellowlegs

December 21, 2021 - I love this moment I captured back in August of two lesser yellowlegs walking together in a flooded farm field. Many tim...
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Turkey Turkey Day

November 25, 2021 - An image of a male turkey all puffed up taken in the Spring. I figured today was the perfect day to dig it up and edit a...
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A Barn in a Bean Field

November 16, 2021 - This beautiful old barn was just begging to be photographed. The morning light was perfect and the clouds, shot at a lon...
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Late October in Central Illinois

November 04, 2021 - Just a simple, yet beautiful, panoramic view of harvested fields in the Midwest in late October at sunrise.
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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-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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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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Yellow-rumped Warbler Eating Dinner

October 08, 2021 - Yellow-rumped Warbler enjoying an evening snack of poison ivy berries.
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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'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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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 Egret with a Fresh Catch

September 20, 2021 - I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful Great Egret at Lake Evergreen a couple of days ago (9/18) as it was f...
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Beautiful Doe Along the Kickapoo Creek

September 14, 2021 - I was looking for warblers high up in the trees so intently that I almost missed this beautiful doe watching me through...
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Snacking Squirrel at Ewing Park

September 12, 2021 - This squirrel was so cute as it was eating its snack in the tree, quite loudly I might add. I could help but smile as I...
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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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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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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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Lesser Yellowlegs Race

August 23, 2021 - A couple of lesser yellowlegs chasing each other off "their" spots.
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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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Flock of Foraging Shore Birds in Evening Light

August 22, 2021 - The last bit of light illuminated these beautiful shore birds as they foraged for food. I believe these are short-billed...
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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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Good Morning Deer

July 19, 2021 - This deer surprised me as I rounded the corner of the trail she raised her head from the leaves. She sat for a long time...
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Midwest Dusk

July 17, 2021 - A peaceful, tranquil scene in the Midwest worthy of a photograph.
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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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Sassy Doe

July 13, 2021 - I feel like she was getting fresh with me.
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A White-tail in the Prairie

July 09, 2021 - I took this image from my car as I was leaving Shroeder Nature Preserve in McLean County. It was pretty awesome seeing t...
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Young Buck Springing Through the Beans

July 09, 2021 - I estimate this young buck cleared 4 rows of beans per leap. Impressive leaping ability!
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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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Barn Swallows Getting Fed

July 08, 2021 - A two-image series of a barn swallow feeding its fledglings. The past week and a half swallows have been swooping fields...
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Young Central Illinois Buck

July 08, 2021 - This was taken on my way home after driving around Lake Evergreen. I spotted this young buck with velvet still on his de...
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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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Cruising Spotted Sandpiper

July 06, 2021 - I observed several swallows working this pond for insects but this spotted sandpiper surprised me as it whipped by acros...
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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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4th of July in Central Illinois

July 04, 2021 - In an attempt to get some Bloomington/Normal rireworks to celebrate 4th of July 2021, we went out looking for a fairly r...
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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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Storming on the Plains

July 02, 2021 - One of the many waves of storms that pushed through Central Illinois last week.
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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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Blend In Young Buck

July 01, 2021 - While hiking I saw some dear across the bean field. If I wasn't looking through my camera/lens, I totally would have mis...
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Barns in a Storm

June 29, 2021 - I drive by these barns from time to time and always thin what a great subject for a photo in the right conditions. Yeste...
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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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Basking in the Sunrise

March 23, 2021 - I really enjoyed this tranquil scene of this barn basking in the warm light of a sunrise reflected in the windows.
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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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What a Sunset

February 27, 2021 - I was blessed with this incredible sunset on the way home from photographing birds at Lake Evergreen tonight. I pulled d...
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Saturday Morning in Central Illinois

February 27, 2021 - The full moon was beautiful this morning. I found this sleepy little farm north of Bloomington, IL to make this image....
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Texture

February 26, 2021 - I was struck by the various examples of texture in this scene. The board of the dock leading into the rocks and prairie...
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Spotted

February 24, 2021 - I think she spotted me before I spotted her but, ultimately, we were both spotted. I appreciate the simplicity of this l...
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As Dusk Nears

February 22, 2021 - I love these moments of the day just as the sun sets and the light is at its best. It is a magical and peaceful moment t...
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Young White Tail

February 21, 2021 - A cute youngling slowly walks through the snow...such a sweet face.
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Midwest Winter Tones

February 14, 2021 - I love the color palate of winter and especially the tones in this image. The muted blues and beige colors work incredib...
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Evening Meal

February 13, 2021 - A peaceful scene of several does enjoying a meal before before sunset. There wasn't much available light for this image,...
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Hunting Fox

February 12, 2021 - I interrupted this fox as he was hunting just before sunset...either that or he was pooping. I'd like to think he was hu...
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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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Fox Stare as the Snow Begins to Fall

February 06, 2021 - I was gifted this encounter with a beautiful fox this afternoon. It was just as the snow started falling. You can see th...
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A Doe at Sunset

February 05, 2021 - I usually always see deer in the fields around Lake Evergreen in the evening, but they typically just blend in with the...
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The Last Bit of Light

February 04, 2021 - Ice fishermen pulling their sleds of gear on their way back from a day of ice fishing. As they walked by they said "sorr...
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Reflection of Colors

February 03, 2021 - Tonight's sunset was beautiful. I had tonight marked on my calendar for the past week because the app I use indicated th...
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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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Weathered Old Barn

January 27, 2021 - I've photographed this barn before but with each passing season, it gains more character. The stories this old barn coul...
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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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Female Eastern Bluebird Singing

June 07, 2020 - This female eastern blue bird was whistling at me! Isn't she cute?
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Storm Clouds over Funk's Grove

May 26, 2020 - I went out to Funk's Grove this afternoon to check for hummingbirds but found these beautiful storm clouds instead.
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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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Scoter with Scaups

April 18, 2020 - I may need help with identifying this bird in front. I believe this is a Surf Scoter? I believe the other two are Lesser...
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Illinois Spring Sunset

March 29, 2020 - Tonight's sunset was intense as it dropped blow the clouds and set. It demanded that I pull over and get a photo.
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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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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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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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Artful Monarch

August 06, 2015 - I've seen so many of these beautiful monarch butterflies this year. This was taken a few days back but today I looked ac...
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Surviving 1

December 16, 2013 - There isn't much light for me to get out after work but I did manage about 35 minutes tonight to get a photo of this squ...
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In The Open

November 02, 2013 - I love this time of year...the colors and mild temps make autumn in Illinois one of my favorite seasons. The warm, Earth...
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Icy Winter

February 28, 2013 - Another image from my winter drive yesterday. I love the tones in this image and they way the help accentuate the swirls...
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We Were Just Leaving

February 16, 2013 - Having early or late light on a subject can change the whole "feeling" of an image. See geese like these take off is a v...
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