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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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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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Autumn Colors have Arrived

October 31, 2021 - And just like that....the Autumn colors have arrived in Central Illinois. This was taken on Lake Evergreen. There are sp...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beautifully Backlit Great Egret

September 21, 2021 - The sun was heavily back-lighting this beautiful Great Egret making it difficult to get a good exposure, but I do love 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Common Goldeneye Landing in a Foggy Mist

March 02, 2021 - Four males and a female common goldeneye flying in on Lake Evergreen with a thin mist on the lake. I believe there is a...
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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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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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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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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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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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Social Distancing

May 02, 2020 - Peaceful landscape of a fisherman passing the time alone on the lake.
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Yellow-rumped Warbler Pose

May 01, 2020 - The yellow-rumped warblers have been out in numbers! I've enjoyed watching them hop from branch to branch. I have severa...
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Great Crested Flycatcher

April 30, 2020 - I believe this is a Great Crested Flycatcher. If so, this is the first one I've ever seen and I'm super happy I got a ni...
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Red-tailed Hawk Portrait

April 30, 2020 - Check out this beautiful Red-tailed Hawk I came across this evening. I was able to get within 20-30 feet without it flyi...
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet Colors

April 30, 2020 - This Ruby-crowned Kinglet is showing up its beautiful colors in this pose.
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet Looking to the Sun

April 29, 2020 - I have dozens of images of these pretty little migrating birds. I really like the pose here as he is looking up towards...
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Barred Owl Encounter

April 29, 2020 - This was from last weekend as I was looking for warblers. I heard the amazing Barred Owl call and it felt like he was ri...
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Blue-headed Vireo Posing

April 28, 2020 - This little blue-headed vireo gave a striking pose showing off his beautiful colors and markings.
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Blue-headed Vireo with Lunch

April 28, 2020 - I really enjoyed watching the blue-headed vireo chasing bugs. I was lucky enough to catch him with his catch. Very prett...
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Hawk Eyes

April 27, 2020 - Check out the beautiful eyes of this cooper's hawk. I saw what appeared to be a nesting pair of cooper's hawks...more li...
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Lake Evergreen Juvenile Bald Eagle

April 26, 2020 - American Bald Eagle from this morning on Lake Evergreen. Two crows chased it off so I didn't get a lot of time to photog...
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Lake Evergreen Otter

April 26, 2020 - I was surprised today as I was taking images of a Great Blue Heron on the opposite bank to have this little guy pop up a...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Dive

March 24, 2020 - The juvenile red tailed hawk in dive mode with wings fully extended. Such a beautiful and graceful process.
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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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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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A Hug from a Deer Friend

March 19, 2020 - Sometimes you just need a hug from a deer friend. Capturing interaction between wildlife is always the ultimate reward f...
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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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Lake Evergreen Common Loon

April 10, 2014 - I've been wanting to get a better image of one of these beautiful migratory birds. This isn't the best image, but I'll t...
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