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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Be the Thorn

November 15, 2021 - This palm warbler did its best impersonation of a thorn sitting perfectly still as I took this image.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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American Redstart -2

September 02, 2021 - I'm seeing a bunch of American Redstarts lately, which means more and more warblers should be migrating through now. Her...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Memories of Summer

December 04, 2014 - It has been cold for so long this fall and winter that scenes like this seem like a long, distant memory. I'm not compla...
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Searching Every Leaf

May 19, 2014 - It is fun watching these little palm warblers searching neurotically from limb to limb looking for the next bug to eat....
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Simply a Robin

May 15, 2014 - I know these robins are everywhere right now, but catching a bird in the right pose and light can add a whole new dimens...
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Eastern King Bird Proudly Perched

May 14, 2014 - I love when birds give me a good long look and pose before flying off. They are challenging enough to photograph properl...
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Swamp Sparrow's Beautiful Markings

May 13, 2014 - Think about the beauty in nature that surrounds us daily. Little, everyday things that we don't totally appreciate but a...
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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

May 12, 2014 - Here is a welcome sight for Spring...a returning rose-breasted grosbeak. You can mistake a male rose-breasted grosbeak w...
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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

May 11, 2014 - This is one fidgety bird; bouncing from limb to limb looking for his next meal, which makes photographing him a challeng...
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Common Yellowthroat Warbler--

May 08, 2014 - I love the colors of these little warblers but I really love their songs...they always sound happy. This guy was difficu...
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Eastern Screech-Owl--

May 07, 2014 - While on my short hike around Ewing Park I was rewarded with this Eastern Screech-Owl giving me the look that only an Ea...
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Palm Warbler with a Catch

May 04, 2014 - I enjoyed an afternoon hike today at Schroeder Nature Sanctuary. A day when most of my hiking spots are populated with i...
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A Skipping Lesser Yellow Leg

May 02, 2014 - I'm not the best at identifying some of these shore birds but I'm pretty positive this is a lesser yellowleg. I love the...
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Among the Cattails

April 27, 2014 - Many times I hear these red-winged blackbirds moving and calling from within the reeds and cattails. Sometimes you see t...
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Blue-winged Teal Couple in Flight

April 26, 2014 - These are beautiful ducks, especially in flight. I had the opportunity to make a quick visit to Emiquon National Wildlif...
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Into the Wind

April 22, 2014 - It appears that these two pelicans are looking at me but they are actually fighting the gusty wind on Lake Evergreen as...
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Pelican Close-up Fly-by

April 16, 2014 - This pelican gave me a good luck as he flew over. His eye is nice and sharp and you can even see the droplets on his und...
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