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Common Tern

Every now and then I meet a true wildlife superhero. You know, the kind of person who has dedicated their life to understand and protecting wildlife. And even after many decades they are still interested in learning more and doing the hard work that it takes to protect an endangered species....

Blackbirds

Blackbirds always seem to get a bad rap and as the late Rodney Dangerfield was fond of saying, “they get no respect” in the bird world. I for one would argue that the blackbirds are an amazing group of birds and that if you knew just how special blackbirds are, you would think they...

Red-necked Grebe

The wide diversity of birds on earth should be a reminder to us all that the natural world is a place where life takes all shapes, colors, and forms. I was reminded of this recently while running my Loon photo workshop / tours. I like to surprise my clients with a “bonus bird” to...

American Redstart

The complexities of nature is sometimes hard to understand and even harder to justify or feel good about, especially when seen through the human lens. I was reminded of this the other day while filming a family of American Redstarts (Setophaga ruticilla) that is nesting on my...

Loons and Solar Eclipse

Everyday in nature is a new and exciting adventure. Even after 40 plus years of working with wildlife in some of the most beautiful places I still learn new things and surprised by what I see or what I learn. All of this creates a sense of wonder and amazement in my mind. It also keeps me going...

Wood Ducks

Spring is a wonderful time of year. Especially right after the thick ice of winter melts off the ponds and small lakes. And just like magic as soon as the water is open, the ducks show up. For me, the first ducks of spring are the Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa).

Depending upon where you live,...

Cooper's Hawk

Each spring in nature there is a lot of tragedy and triumph. Heart break and happiness. Success and failure. As the natural world gets down to the task of replenishment, not all critters will be lucky enough to raise their young. This was painfully obvious to me the other day while filming and...

Brown Creeper

I am always interested in the unsung hero or the rule breakers of nature. The kind of critter that is common, yet no one seems to pay any attention to them. Or the bird who is so common throughout the U.S., yet no one seems to notice them. I am talking about the most common bird that you never...

Sage Grouse

The rights of spring are particularly interesting, especially in the bird world. I was thinking about this the other morning while filming a male Ruffed Grouse drumming on a log. But I wasn’t thinking about the Ruffed Grouse, I was thinking about a close relative to the Ruffed Grouse, the...

Chorus Frog

Spring is filled with so many cool and interesting natural things. The earth is awaking after a long and frozen sleep. Each year I am surprised when I hear my first frogs calling. It always seems too early or far too cold for frogs to be active and yet there they are.  When the snow melts...

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