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Mute Swan Family

June 15, 2020 - My second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together...
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Mute Swan Giving A Gentle Touch

June 14, 2020 - I love that this little cygnet swam up and gently touched the neck of the parent as they fed almost as if to say, thanks...
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Strawberry Moon

June 08, 2020 - Full Moon in June called the Strawberry Moon taken on 6-5-20
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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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Eastern Meadowlark

June 05, 2020 - There were several Meadowlark's chirping away at Funk's Grove yesterday. I couldn't get a good view of them until this g...
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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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Blue Jay

June 03, 2020 - I just really enjoy the look and light on this blue jay. Beautiful, vibrant colors and a nice pose...can't ask for much...
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Swainson's Thrush

May 29, 2020 - The various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a...
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Green Heron Lurking in the Bushes

May 29, 2020 - A couple of weeks ago, I was walking along the creek at Ewing Park looking for warblers when this big guys startled me i...
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Scarlet Tanager

May 28, 2020 - I was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite ima...
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Summer Tanager (Female)

May 28, 2020 - This is my first summer tanager and she came so close to me. I was sitting still and she landed on a limb about 6 feet a...
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Gray Catbird Watching Me

May 27, 2020 - I love their songs...this one spotted me enjoying his songs and gave me a long look!
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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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Tennessee Warbler

May 26, 2020 - Here is a Tennessee Warbler sneaking down one of the limbs under some cover. This was taken on 5/20/20 at Centennial Par...
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Blackpoll Warbler

May 25, 2020 - Here is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still l...
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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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Cape May Warbler

May 23, 2020 - This was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best t...
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Warbling Vireo

May 22, 2020 - A big thanks to this warbling vireo as it popped up from the bushes to pose for this dreamy image. Taken at Centennial P...
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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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Prothonotary Warbler

May 21, 2020 - Here is another very beautiful and bright colored bird...the Prothonotary Warbler! This is another first for me!
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Brilliant Scarlet Tanager

May 20, 2020 - There is nothing like seeing that flash of red and realizing it isn't a cardinal. This is the, always beautiful, scarlet...
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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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Blackburnian Warbler

May 19, 2020 - Here is another new warbler for me...a Blackburnian Warbler. It sat regally looking out over the field with that bright...
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Blue-winged Warbler

May 17, 2020 - I loved the look of the blue-winged warbler. Check out that black strip over the eye. I love the contrast of the blue wi...
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Wilson's Warbler in a Viburnum Bush

May 16, 2020 - Here is a pretty little Wilson's warbler that gave me a pleasant pose while landing in a Viburnum bush making for a beau...
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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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Red-eyed Vireo

May 15, 2020 - I saw my first red-eyed vireo today. I was happy to see you can actually see the red eye in this image, which isn't alwa...
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Great Horned Owl on Alert

May 15, 2020 - Check out this Great Horned Owl I saw yesterday at Ewing Park. He was very aware of a lady walking her dog. He watched t...
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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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Ruby-Crowned Kinglet Morning Workout

May 08, 2020 - I didn't know I was interrupting this Ruby-crowned Kinglet's morning workout routine....great form though!
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Female Eastern Towhee

May 07, 2020 - This female eastern towhee was laying low in a thicket as I was walking by. She startled me at first but she stayed for...
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Pied-billed Grebe on Glassy Water

April 26, 2020 - Sometimes you just get lucky with the right conditions and angle to get a nice reflection. Here is a beautiful little pi...
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Great Blue Heron Lurking

April 25, 2020 - It isn't easy to sneak up on a Great Blue Heron while he is being sneaky himself. I love the way he is laying low in the...
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White-throated Sparrow

April 25, 2020 - Thankfully this little white-throated sparrow stopped hopping from cover to cover and gave me this little window of an o...
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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

April 24, 2020 - What better bird to photograph on a gray, cloudy, rainy day? A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher! I've never been able to get a dece...
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Red-winged Blackbird Midcall

April 23, 2020 - Red-winged black bird is such an iconic sign of spring in Central, IL. I love hearing their call while driving down a co...
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Trying to Blend In

April 21, 2020 - This little Yellow-rumped Warbler was trying to blend in with the new spring leaf buds. He almost got away with it too....
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Tree Swallow on the Lookout

April 21, 2020 - This tree swallow was watching several others darting around over the water waiting for his moment to join the fun.
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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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Swamp Sparrow Reflection

April 20, 2020 - Swamp sparrow checking out the water and giving me a nice chance to get a reflection images. Such a handsome little bird...
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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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Tree Swallows Sunning on a Limb

April 19, 2020 - Check out the way these tree swallows glisten in the sun. When they finally sit still for a moment, you can really obser...
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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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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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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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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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Turtle Time!

April 10, 2020 - Just a row of turtles looking forward to the warmth of early spring.
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A Conversation Between Cormorants

April 09, 2020 - Sometimes photographing these diving waterfowl is like playing whack a mole. They pop up and dive down and usually never...
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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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Cormorants at Sunset

April 08, 2020 - Several Cormorants chilling in a tree at sunset makes for a beautiful scene.
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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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Two Ruddy Ducks and a Pelican

April 06, 2020 - I managed to catch two Ruddy Ducks in this scene with the pelican. I didn't know what they were when I first took the im...
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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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3 Amigos of Pelicans

April 04, 2020 - The Pelicans on Lake Evergreen haven't been as photogenic, choosing to stay just out of photo range. I have many images...
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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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American Coots on the Run

April 03, 2020 - Unfortunately many of these water fowl are easily spooked as was the case with these American Coots. As soon as I turned...
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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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Mine

April 02, 2020 - This was a fun interaction to capture. I was getting images of Red-breasted Merganser and Cormorants as they were fishin...
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Through the Trees

April 02, 2020 - While on my hike yesterday I took a moment and looked up as I heard a couple of woodpeckers. This is what caught my eye.
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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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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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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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Stump Reflection

March 28, 2020 - Here is something a bit different...more along the line of fine art. I was watching for waterfowl and noticed this beaut...
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Pelicans in a Row

March 27, 2020 - Landscape of 3 Great White Pelicans in a row on a beautiful evening.
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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 Fish Sequence 1

March 26, 2020 - There are many wonders in this world but the everyday events in nature are some of the most inspiring to me. This is a s...
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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 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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Cute Northern Shoveler Couple

March 22, 2020 - I got a really great angle on this northern shoveler couple for a nice reflection as they swam by. It was a challenge be...
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Northern Shovelers in Flight

March 22, 2020 - This is an image I made yesterday (3-21-20) at Lake Evergreen. There were several groups of Northern Shovelers wading th...
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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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