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Monarch Butterfly

When you think about all of the amazing animals in this world your mind tends to think about the large furry critters such as bears or moose. Yes, there are many crazy cool critters in this world. In fact, there are about 5,000 mammals in the world.

But at this time of year, when I think...

Gray Tree Frog

While poking around the garden the other day I found an adorable visitor. A small frog called a Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor) resting amongst the brightly colored flowers. This amazing little creature can be found in a wide range of habitats located throughout the eastern half of the United...

Late Nesting Birds


When you think about birds and nesting, you automatically think “spring”. But recently I was photographing a Ruby-throated Hummingbird nest in August and it made me think that, not all birds are nesting right away in spring. In fact, there are many species of birds that...

Black Bear Mating

Each spring I lead a bunch of wildlife photo tours. Dozens of photographers from around the world spend anywhere from a few hours up to a week with me pursuing a number of natural subjects. One of the favorite subjects are American Black Bears (Ursus americanus).

The Black Bear is unique...

Unusual Nests

It had been nearly 2 hours and I was still waiting, perched high up in my aerial blind, nearly 25 feet above the ground. I’ve been patiently waiting for an adult Osprey to return to the nest with a meal for the two young raptors waiting within the nest. My aerial blind is like sitting...

Purple Martins

I have a whole new definition for “streaming TV”. A couple years ago, I installed a tiny color camera complete with audio inside one of my Purple Martin houses. This allows me to observe and study the nesting behavior of our largest swallow species. In addition, the camera also has...

Fishing Spider

I’ve been spending a lot of time out on my boat photographing loons, grebes, pelicans and other birds this spring. So, it was fun when I came across something else that was just as photogenic but perhaps not as endearing. It doesn’t have any feathers and has considerably more legs....

Pileated Woodpecker

There are only a handful of birds that elicit pure excitement and joy when it shows up at your backyard feeding station. The Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is our largest woodpecker species in American and Canada. Some say it is the second largest woodpecker. It all depends upon if you...

Sage Grouse

I am no stranger to getting up pre-dawn, stumbling around in the dark and finding remote locations, far, far away that I have never been to before. So, it was “just another day at the office” when I recently went to Wyoming and Colorado to visit an old friend, the Greater Sage Grouse...

Hooded Merganser

The spring bird migration is like a high-speed race, or sprint when compared to the fall/autumn migration. Birds returning to the northlands are racing against others of its kind. The first to the best territories and habitat will win the reproductive lottery.

Waterfowl such as Snow Geese...

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