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Blue Jay Flyover

October 21, 2021 - While photographing the Osprey on Lake Bloomington, this Blue Jay flew over trying to steal the show. Valiant effort lit...
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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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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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Red-tailed Hawk Liftoff

October 11, 2021 - Check out this moment as the Red-tailed Hawk was about to take off.
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Red-tailed Hawk Wings Out

October 10, 2021 - I was able to get several images of this beautiful red-tailed hawk this morning. I can't make it out but it was eating s...
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October Sunrise in Illinois

October 10, 2021 - I didn't go out this morning expecting much of a sunrise due to the cloud cover so I was pleasantly surprised to find th...
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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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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 Pose

October 05, 2021 - A Northern Flicker in warm evening light is a view to behold!
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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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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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Lake Bloomington Osprey with a Fish

October 03, 2021 - As I was driving around Lake Bloomington, I noticed the Osprey was out circling over the lake. By the time I got to the...
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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Takeoff

October 02, 2021 - Seeing a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on a bare pole so I could get a nice look with no limbs blocking my way was nice but g...
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White-breasted Nuthatch in Autumn

October 02, 2021 - I had just finished hiking one of the trails out at Dawson Lake and was getting ready to leave. As I was closing the car...
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Golden-winged Warbler in the Fall

October 02, 2021 - This brilliant Golden-winged Warbler almost got by me without me getting an image. It is always nice to see one so vibra...
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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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Black-throated Green Warbler Approaching a White Oak Tree

September 28, 2021 - This black-throated green warbler would hop from branch to branch in this white oak tree, but when it did, it would hove...
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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 Blue Heron at Centennial Park in Heyworth Illinois-3

September 26, 2021 - Great Blue Heron at Centennial Park in Heyworth, Illinois.
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Hummingbird Finds a Web-2

September 26, 2021 - This series of ruby-throated hummingbird images was one of the coolest hummingbird experiences I've been able to observe...
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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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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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Late Summer Sunrise in Illinois

September 18, 2021 - This morning's sunrise was as beautiful as ever with a striking dramatic sky. Love when the clouds reflect that fiery or...
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Eastern Wood-Pewee-5

September 17, 2021 - I really enjoyed a 20 minute log photo session with this Eastern Wood-Pewee at Ewing park on 9/13/21. It has a perfect l...
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Small but Beautiful-6

September 17, 2021 - It is important to stop and enjoy the beauty in the small things in nature while out birding. There is always so much li...
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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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Double-breasted Cormorant Panoramic

September 15, 2021 - 3 Double-breasted Cormorants in this panoramic image at sunrise.
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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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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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Double-crested Cormorant at Sunrise

September 13, 2021 - A Double-crested Cormorant enjoying a beautiful sunrise at Heyworth Centennial Park in Central, Illinois.
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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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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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A Nashville and Tennessee Warbler

September 08, 2021 - Sweet little Tennessee Warbler...I saw this bird the same day I found a Nashville Warbler. Yes!
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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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Killdeer

September 04, 2021 - Killdeer were very active in the flooded fields I was photographing around Bloomington/Normal. While this large plover i...
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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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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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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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Driving into the Rocky Mountains

August 14, 2021 - I don't normally use many images shooting through car windows but I felt this one offered a pretty scene of the ride fro...
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Colorado Whitetails-8

August 13, 2021 - The Whitetail Deer population is alive and well in Colorado. A doe and 2 fawns would stroll through the yard almost dail...
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Rocky Mountain Beauty

August 12, 2021 - This striking view caught my eye while hiking a short trail near Breckenridge. The sun blasting through hazy clouds illu...
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Moody Mountain View

August 12, 2021 - The clouds add such a great mood to the mountain views and make for some great black and white images.
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Breckenridge in the Clouds

August 10, 2021 - Check out this view of a few of the peaks and ski slopes of Breckenridge, Colorado. The skies seemed so close that you c...
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Devil's Head in the Front Range

August 10, 2021 - I hear the Devil's Head Fire Tower Lookout is a pretty amazing view and someday I'd like to check it out, but it is curr...
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Morning in Castlewood Canyon

August 09, 2021 - Castlewood Canyon was a pretty cool state park not far from Castle Rock. The bluffs were beautiful and the plants and bi...
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Black-headed Grosbeak

August 09, 2021 - Another cool first time bird I photographed in Colorado last week...a female/immature Black-headed Grosbeak. I spent wee...
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Broad-tailed Hummingbird-5

August 08, 2021 - I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed...
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Castle Rock, Colorado

August 08, 2021 - I just love this image of a neighborhood in Castle Rock, Colorado resting in the shadows of the mountains to the West....
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Pikes Peak from Castle Rock

August 06, 2021 - Here is a two image panorama of Pikes Peak as seen from the base of Castle Rock, Colorado. This image features I-25 alon...
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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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Eastern Meadowlark-1

July 10, 2021 - The Eastern Meadowlark is one of those birds that makes their presence known from their calls along country roads, field...
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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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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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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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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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The Beautiful Chipping Sparrow

June 23, 2021 - I love the markings of the chipping sparrow. The best thing about photographing small birds that are always on the move...
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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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Bluejay with a Bug

June 19, 2021 - Going through some images I took this spring and I came across this one of a bluejay that had been hopping around on the...
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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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Red-eyed Vireo Among the Honeysuckle

May 23, 2021 - I was happy to just enough light on the eye of this pretty vireo to see the red. Such a sweet little bird surrounded by...
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Inquisitive Cardinal

May 18, 2021 - I love when a bird poses for me. Usually I only get a second or two before they fly off, hop to another branch, or duck...
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Magnolia Warbler Among the Leaves

May 16, 2021 - I love this image of a sweet little magnolia warbler spotted through the thick branches and leaves. It shows just how di...
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Chestnut-sided Warbler Basking in the Glow

May 15, 2021 - Life has been busy and full lately, which has limited my ability and energy to get out and enjoy the spring migration. Y...
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Sneaking a Peek

March 27, 2021 - So our family adopted two puppies leading into winter. This is Kip and we get a kick out of Kip's stare. He is always wa...
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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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Good Morning McLean County

March 22, 2021 - When my daughter asked, "Dad can we go get some photos in the morning for my art class?"... I said "you bet!" We stumble...
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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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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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Snowy Field Sunset

February 20, 2021 - I went out with the hopes of finding some wildlife this evening and while I found a few pretty images, the sunset stole...
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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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Illinois Farm in the Winter

February 11, 2021 - Simple black and white landscape of a farm in the winter.
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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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Lurking in the Grass

February 09, 2021 - So I went for a rural drive tonight to see if I could find some pretty winter landscapes to photograph. I went East of t...
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Dark-eyed Junco Found a Patch to Feed

February 08, 2021 - This sweet little dark-eyed junco found a small patch of grass to find something to eat.
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Midwest Beauty

February 07, 2021 - There is beauty all over the Midwest. In my pursuit for the next nature/wildlife image, I stumble upon many breathtaking...
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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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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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Deer Crossing Ahead

January 29, 2021 - A beautiful scene as 2 white-tailed deer cross the road in front of me.
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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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Winter Path

January 25, 2021 - Winter trails are some of my favorite to explore. They offer a cool and refreshing air with a silence that hits differen...
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Perched Eagle in a Winter Scene on the Mackinaw River

January 24, 2021 - Taken last week (1-17-21) during the snowfall on the Mackinaw River. Simple black and white of a beautiful and serene sc...
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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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Barn in the Valley with Snow

January 21, 2021 - A pretty scene of an old bard in the Mackinaw River Valley with the snow coming down.
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Sea of Starlings

January 20, 2021 - This sea of starlings wasn't easy to capture but I love the results of this image. Beauty among the chaos of wings, feat...
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Field of Starlings in the Snow

January 19, 2021 - When I found this field of spent sunflowers, I didn't anticipate the number of birds that were feeding in the field and...
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The Beauty of Seasons

January 18, 2021 - Remnants of Summer and Fall blanketed by Winter. I know Illinois weather can be difficult, unpredictable, and wreck havo...
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Cardinal on a Snowy Fence

January 18, 2021 - I can't seem to pass up a split rail fence covered with snow especially when there is a beautiful red cardinal involved...
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Rural Winter Landscape

January 16, 2021 - Just a simple rural winter landscape with mood.
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Great Blue Heron Enjoying Winter Peace

January 13, 2021 - A Great Blue Heron chilling in this peaceful winter cove made for a serene scene.
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Winter Creek Bed

January 08, 2021 - The water levels at Dawson Lake were already very low so when the ice and snow storm hit, it created this beautiful scen...
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Do You Want to Have a Picnic?

January 07, 2021 - This looks like a COOL place to have a picnic.
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Pileated Woodpecker is 2021 Bird of the Year

January 07, 2021 - The Pileated Woodpecker is ABA's 2021 Bird of the Year. It just so happens I spotted my second ever pileated woodpecker...
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Alone in Thought

January 06, 2021 - Peace, solitude, and alone in thought.
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Winter Oasis

January 06, 2021 - The sense of peace that comes over me when I find spots like this to think about my composition and camera settings whil...
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Silver Scene

January 05, 2021 - There were multiple scenes that took my breath away including this view of the snowy banks along the lake with the trees...
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Tufted Titmouse on a Snowy Branch

January 05, 2021 - Today is National Bird Day which, naturally, calls for a bird image. Here is one of my favorite little birds to watch in...
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Red Barn in the Midwest Tundra

January 04, 2021 - I've always been a sucker for red barns and this one caught my eye among the fields of snow and trees of ice.
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Flying in a Winter Wonderland

January 03, 2021 - What a beautiful morning it was at Dawson Lake this morning. I spent several hours making images. Here is the first of m...
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Deer in the Thickets

January 02, 2021 - I watched about 30 deer cross the street from the plowed fields to this amazingly lit prairie grass. I was patient and l...
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Winter Tree of 2020

January 01, 2021 - One of my last images of 2020. This lone tree in a quiet field on a hazy, winter day struck the right mood for the momen...
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Field Catching the Light

December 22, 2020 - I couldn't pass up this grass field as it caught the sunlight at dusk.
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Moraine View State Park Deer at Dusk

December 20, 2020 - I was able to go for a short drive at dusk tonight for the first time in quite awhile. There weren't many opportunities...
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The Greatest of These is Love

October 27, 2020 - I've been to this Chapel in the Trees at Funk's Grove many times, but this scene on this particular Fall day struck me....
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Fall Scenes in McLean County Illinois

October 24, 2020 - I was able to get out and photograph some of the beautiful fall colors today. I made trips to 3 of my favorite spots in...
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Preparing for Winter

September 07, 2020 - This squirrel was busy preparing for winter by fattening up on a nut. He was loud and crumbs were falling!
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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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Songs of Summer by a Song Sparrow

August 29, 2020 - Beautiful morning, beautiful colors, and a beautiful song. I'm going to miss summer.
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Finding Light in the Shadows

August 28, 2020 - Sometimes the image is found in the shadows. Look for the light in all places...it is there if you look.
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Monarch on a Milkweed

August 27, 2020 - Monarchs and Milkweed - they just go together.
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King of the Field

August 25, 2020 - I loved watching this male gold finch in the sunflower field. There were many birds around but this gold finch sure seem...
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Sneaky Coyote on the Banks of the Mackinaw

August 21, 2020 - As I was photographing the sunflowers atop the bluff along the Mackinaw River, I peeked over the side and spotted this c...
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Hummingbird and Butterfly- Sharing is Caring

August 20, 2020 - How about this cute photo of a ruby-throated hummingbird and a monarch butterfly sharing a single milkweed bloom. It was...
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Sunflower Dew

August 16, 2020 - Make sure to zoom in on this one. There was a thick layer of morning dew when I took this image along with a blanket of...
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Patrolling the Sunflower Field

August 15, 2020 - Another image of the indigo bunting I shared from yesterday as he was hopping around in this sunflower field. Again, I f...
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Indigo Bunting on a Sunflower

August 14, 2020 - I went out yesterday morning with the intention of taking some landscape images, but this beautiful little bird made me...
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Sunflowers at Sunrise

August 13, 2020 - This morning was absolutely beautiful. It was a crisp 64 degrees, dew covering everything, a slight fog hovering over so...
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Backyard Black-Eyed Susan

August 11, 2020 - Our Black-Eyed Susans are looking so vibrant in our backyard right now. They were calling my name this afternoon so I ha...
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Brilliant Colors of a Sunflower

August 09, 2020 - When the sun hits the face of a sunflower, the results are brilliant! Amazing colors on this sunflower.
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Hummingbird Feeding on the Trumpet Vine before Sunset

August 07, 2020 - My in-laws have the most impressive trumpet vine growing over their pergola and the hummingbirds love it. I was able to...
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Playing in the Wildflowers

August 05, 2020 - I was photographing flowers and birds in my in-laws' garden when their sweet Sadie walked into the garden. I gave her a...
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Summer Storm Rainbow

July 11, 2020 - I was able to to capture a rainbow this afternoon left by the storm warning that hit McLean County today. I had to shoot...
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Beauty in the Shadows

July 02, 2020 - Under the lily pads and shadows, there is a bright, blooming lily.
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Happy Little Water Lily

July 01, 2020 - This sweet little water lily found the dapple light refreshing enough to bloom and provide a little afternoon brilliance...
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Bachelor Button Catching the Sun

June 24, 2020 - One of my wife's favorite little wild flowers is the bachelor button. This little bachelor button was catching the light...
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Mammatus Clouds Before the Storm

June 22, 2020 - I went for a quick drive before this evening's storms started to move in and made this image of some mammatus cloud form...
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Glorious Colors on this Pot Marigold

June 22, 2020 - This vibrant little pot marigold was demanding its photo to be taken. Such beautiful colors and textures on this flower.
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Orange Lily in Dappled Light

June 21, 2020 - The vibrancy of these Lily's are beautiful especially in this dappled light. I really enjoyed taking photos around my in...
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1st Day of Summer

June 20, 2020 - My daughter and I made a short drive today to check on the status of some future photography locations and, while out, I...
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Sunset on Emerson Road

June 16, 2020 - One of my favorite things about the Midwest are the sunsets. This sunset was taken at my in-laws' house on Emerson Rd.,...
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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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Mute Swan Family

June 12, 2020 - This is a series of images of a mute swan family. the images are heavily cropped as I kept a safe distance to give them...
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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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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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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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Black-throated Green Warbler

May 17, 2020 - Another warbler with pretty colors and markings is the Black-throated Green Warbler. I was happy to get this one image b...
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Magnolia Warbler

May 17, 2020 - Over the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty...
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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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Orange Crowned Warbler

May 16, 2020 - Here is an orange crowned warbler. Many times I have a sore neck after a day of looking for these warblers. Here is a go...
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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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Golden-winged Warbler

May 13, 2020 - Another beautiful warbler from earlier today and another first for me is this Golden-winged Warbler. I feel very fortuna...
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Shy White-eyed Vireo

May 13, 2020 - I'm pretty excited to get an image of a first for me...the White-eyed Vireo. What a beautiful bird and I didn't even kno...
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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

May 11, 2020 - I feel like there have been so many rose-breasted grosbeaks this year. I've even had several on my feeders. This particu...
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A Beautiful Whitetail

May 09, 2020 - I just love the warm light on this Whitetail Deer. She was eating and didn't seem too upset by me strolling by and takin...
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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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Eastern Bluebird Perched

May 07, 2020 - A pretty little side profile of this nicely perched Eastern Bluebird.
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American Redstart Portrait

May 06, 2020 - So a couple of days ago I photographed and posted an American Redstart on a gloomy, rainy day. It wasn't a great image a...
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A House Wren Blesses Us with a Morning Song

May 06, 2020 - This house wren is very proud to sing a morning song for us.
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Deer on a Rainy Spring Day

May 05, 2020 - Despite the gloomy spring skies and rain, beauty can be found in nature. These deer caught my eye, or maybe I caught the...
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Indigo Bunting

May 04, 2020 - I just love indigo buntings...so unmistakable and breathtaking when you see them flashing around on the tree branches in...
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American Redstart

May 04, 2020 - Not my clearest image but one I had to share, none the less. While on one of the wet, soggy trails about 1.5 miles from...
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Northern Parula

May 04, 2020 - Check out this little warbler. I feel lucky to get 2 images in focus because this tiny warbler was hard to keep up with.
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Common Yellowthroat

May 03, 2020 - I was photographing several gold finches in this field and I expected to see another one as there was movement in this b...
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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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An Electric Sunset

May 01, 2020 - Nothing like pulling over to try to get images of a sunset with dramatic clouds and capturing this. I was quite surprise...
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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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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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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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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 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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Belted Kingfisher Making Off with His Fish

March 23, 2020 - I knew a belted kingfisher was near based on his call and seeing flashes of blue darting among the trees along the water...
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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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First Sunset of Spring

March 19, 2020 - With the rain clouds all day, I didn't think there was even a chance for getting a sunset tonight, but the first day of...
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Checking Her Out

March 19, 2020 - Here is another image of the male ring-necked pheasant I photographed yesterday but this time with the female in the sho...
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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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Male Ring-necked Pheasant

March 18, 2020 - Check out the colors of this Male Ring-necked Pheasant I saw on this rainy evening. He was nice enough to give several p...
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Beauty in the Gray

March 18, 2020 - It can't always be sunny with perfect conditions...there is beauty in the mundane. Sometimes we just aren't in a place o...
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A Crow Strut in the Snow

March 18, 2020 - I spotted this crow strutting across the parking lot at Dawson Lake while the snow was coming down. I thought it would m...
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Pretty Doe at Sunset

March 17, 2020 - I caught this doe eating along the roadside as the sun was setting. In fact there wasn't much light left. I have been ve...
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Soaked Tufted Titmouse

March 15, 2020 - This tufted titmouse didn't seem to be appreciating the wet snow on this March afternoon.
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Pileated Woodpecker

March 14, 2020 - I have been in search of the pileated woodpecker for awhile now. This bird always seems to elude me. I've heard it many...
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Time to go to Bed

February 29, 2020 - The longing look I get when Faith is trying to tell me that its time to go to bed!
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