Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
One of the best sounds of Spring is these guys singing to each other. Trying to find one is quite the hunt in a forest full of hiding places. I always search, but NEVER find them. I got lucky the other day finding 2. My first 2 finds EVER in a completely natural setting.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Two Bitterns in 2 days...What? Yep! Got lucky twice! American Bitterns are stocky and a well-camouflaged heron of dense reed beds, they are difficult to see. Their far-carrying booming call is distinctive, but the bittern itself likes to keep under cover.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Baltimore Orioles are back and in abundance! Named because their colors are similar to those on the coat of arms of famous politician Lord Baltimore. Another cool fact is that Baltimore Orioles build unique, sock-like hanging nests.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Fun with photoshop! I took a survey on Facebook to see what non-photographers thought and they overwhelmingly chose the original color version. I fancy the fancier b&w with a color emphasis on the goslings but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What do my photographer buddies think?
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Found a great puddle in the woods with awesome filtered lighting and a very handsome drake to make these images. Wood ducks are one of my faves to photo. So secretive, extremely hard to get close to without flushing and wonderfully decorated in brilliant colors!
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Quality-wise, not my best, but I had to share this extremely rare treat! White-faced Ibis are awesome! Look at those long curved bills! Amazing creatures and a stopover visit near Wilmington made my day! Although they were not in the best lighting situation for photography, seeing these unusual creatures was worth it. Usually seen in Florida, these guys graced the town of Wilmington with their presence for just a few hours!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
It's mating season for Wild Turkeys and catching a Tom doing his best display is amazingly rare to see! I caught 2 guys romancing a lady but she was not impressed. She walked away, but they kept up the chase, showing off their gorgeous feather display and length of beard. (The beard is the long strnds of hair protruding out of their chest shown here)
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
A great day of Snipe Hunting at it's finest, I love finding these guys, especially out in the open and at close range! I usually flush them, but a few of these guys were very tolerant which makes for a great day in the field!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
A nice photography session with this couple inspecting and accepting this house as their home! Pesky Tree Swallows tried to evict them but they held their ground and won the battles over and over and eventually won the war! Good Luck Bluebirds on your quest to start a new family this year!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I got another hot tip! Short-eared Owls that day roost in an agricultural ditch and are highly tolerant of cars stopping. So I get my directions and journey 130 miles to the location. Finding the owls along the tall grasses with their amazing camouflaged feathers was pretty frustrating at first, but once you spot the first one, you know exactly how to find more. Yep, there they were, just sitting & waiting for me to show up. The morning was extremely windy and these little fellas knew exactly how to pick excellent cover to break the blow. There were plenty of grassy "caves" to hide out in. Thanks guys! You made my day!