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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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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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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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Black and White Warbler 2022 at Ewing-2

May 09, 2022 - The black and white warble was one of the first warblers I saw during the migration this spring. It is always to see the...
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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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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 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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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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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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Moon over Myrtle Beach

March 26, 2022 - On our first night of our family vacation to South Carolina's Myrtle Beach, we were blessed with this incredible moon ri...
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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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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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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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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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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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Tennessee Warbler

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

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

May 23, 2020 - I wasn't able to get very close to this one but I was happy to find this little warbler and needed to share. Here is a C...
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Bay-breasted Warbler

May 23, 2020 - Here is another warbler I photographed at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. It was nice to get this and the Cape May...it was...
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Cape May Warbler

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

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

May 21, 2020 - Another beautiful vireo is the yellow-throated vireo. This particular bird had quite a bit of personality and let me tak...
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Prothonotary Warbler

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

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

May 20, 2020 - I love watching this little warbler hopping from tree trunk to tree trunk looking for bugs. Like most warblers they aren...
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Blackburnian Warbler

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

May 17, 2020 - I loved the look of the blue-winged warbler. Check out that black strip over the eye. I love the contrast of the blue wi...
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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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Eastern Wood Pewee

May 16, 2020 - I'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insec...
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Red-eyed Vireo

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

May 15, 2020 - Check out this Great Horned Owl I saw yesterday at Ewing Park. He was very aware of a lady walking her dog. He watched t...
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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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Wild Turkey Showing Off

May 10, 2020 - I had to pull the car over when I saw this male turkey approaching two female turkeys. I had a feeling he would present...
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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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The Downy Woodpecker Found a Spider

May 08, 2020 - This is a pretty cool series of a Downy Woodpecker searching and finding a spider. I'm not a fan of spiders so have at i...
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Ruby-Crowned Kinglet Morning Workout

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

May 07, 2020 - This female eastern towhee was laying low in a thicket as I was walking by. She startled me at first but she stayed for...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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A Winter Day in March

March 17, 2020 - An image from Saturday March 14th. Nothing like a 3-5 inch snow in March. A Sunset from Sunday, March 15th, a day aft...
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Bluebells in Bloom

March 16, 2020 - One of my favorite local Spring events is the blooming of the bluebells. My wife and I enjoy taking a hike as a family t...
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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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Look to the Sky

May 23, 2015 - In moments of stress, business, and confusion, look to the sky for peace, comfort, and light!
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Perfect Morning on the Lake

May 18, 2015 - Another passion of mine is fishing, which I haven't been able to do as much lately. This image captures the beauty of be...
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Finding the Light in the Thicket of Trees

May 16, 2015 - I love how this cardinal managed to find the perfect amount of sunlight to bask in among the shadows of these tree limbs...
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Illuminating the Undergrowth

April 25, 2015 - A blanket of new life springs from the forest floor as the morning light manages to reach even the darkest of spaces.
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Juvenile Red-winged Blackbird

April 23, 2015 - For me, enjoying nature, is like browsing an art gallery. Each scene is an exhibit crafted by His hands and worthy of pa...
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Playing Peekaboo

April 22, 2015 - How about this cute squirrel playing peekaboo with me? Finding nature can be so much fun!
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Giving Way to Spring

April 21, 2015 - Just one of my favorite trails as it transitions from the bare, cold of winter to the green, lush of spring.
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Spring Chickadee Preparing the Nest

April 18, 2015 - Spring is here...let the nesting begin. I observed a male and female black-capped chickadee pair preparing their nest to...
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Greater Yellowleg at Sunset

April 16, 2015 - This shorebird was singing a beautiful song as the sun set in the Midwestern sky.
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Sunlit Eastern Phoebe

April 14, 2015 - Another good sign that summer is near...an pretty little eastern phoebe sitting in the sun.
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Enjoying the Day

April 13, 2015 - Seeing this red-winged blackbird was a very good sign that spring is well underway and summer isn't far behind. It was a...
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Light My Way

April 12, 2015 - Good morning on this beautiful Sunday morning.
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Sneaky Robin

April 11, 2015 - This early spring robin thought he would sneak by me and he almost made it but I proved to be just as sneaky. Good try r...
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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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Spring Chickadee

May 10, 2014 - The chickadee is one of my favorite little birds. This guy landed just long enough for a quick photo among this tree's S...
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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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Doing Work

April 25, 2014 - A welcome sign of spring showing that all of the "behind the scenes" work is in progress; this bee is "doing work". Keep...
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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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Spring Daffodils

April 20, 2014 - It seems the wait for Spring this year has been unbearably long, which makes this view of spring daffodils that much mor...
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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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Tree Swallow Take Off

April 18, 2014 - I always look forward to the return of the tree swallows reoccupying their tree homes along the banks of Lake Evergreen.
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Bufflehead Love

April 11, 2014 - This pair was head off to a nice secluded cove to celebrate Spring! Facebook
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Double-crested Cormorant In-Flight--

April 10, 2014 - Here is another migratory shore bird for the evening...a double-crested Cormorant. There were several of these cormorant...
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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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I Am.....Batman

April 09, 2014 - This Eastern Bluebird struck this pose and I remember thinking, "Who does he think he is...Batman?". There was just enou...
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Patrolling the Fields at Dusk

April 08, 2014 - This trio lined up nicely for a group portrait for me. I love the lines in this image...the deer are side-by-side, the r...
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Spring Light Show

May 30, 2013 - Another Spring Storm Light Show image from last week. Follow me on Facebook!
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Early Spring Magnolia

April 07, 2013 - How magical is Spring? Waking to birds chirping and heading outside to realize you don't need that annoying winter coat.
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