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Trumpeter Swan

Recently I have been spending some time photographing a pair of Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) with six little cygnets. This swan family is not in a wilderness setting but a suburban backyard pond. Wow, have things changed. First, when I started my career in wildlife photography 40 years...

American Redstart

The key to “seeing” nature is to stop and look. I know that seems rather obvious but it’s true. The simple act of stopping and looking is really all it takes to start to see more nature. This is something I learned a long time ago, but it seems that I need to stop and remember...

Not always what it appears to be

Not everything in nature appears the way you see it! I’ve said it over and over again in various ways. We see the natural world through the lens of a human and all the things that go into being a human. This is not a bad thing, but it is important to understand the lens colors the way in...

Ruffed Grouse

I am fascinated by the diversity of mother nature. And this was abundantly clear to me the other day while I sat in a tiny chair blind, in the dark, waiting for the sun to come up and for a Ruffed Grouse to enter the habitat that lay before me.

The grouse of the world are one of the more...

Sage Grouse

Looking up into the dark Wyoming night sky, all the stars in the Milky Way where shining so brightly it looked like white paint had been splashed across the sky from horizon to horizon. I blinked my eyes a couple times to bring the entire scene into better focus. After all, it was 4 in the...

Snail Kites

It seems like there are as many different strategies employed for a bird’s survival as there are species of bird. Think about all the different ways and things a bird must do just to survive. These include a wide range of nesting strategies and feeding strategies. This fact was glaringly...

Rare Birds in Florida

Recently while leading a photo tour throughout Florida to photograph birds, it occurred to me how much things have changed. I don’t mean how much things have become worse, or crowded, but rather how much several species have increased in population.

I’ve been traveling to...

Rare Birds in Florida

Recently while leading a photo tour throughout Florida to photograph birds, it occurred to me how much things have changed. I don’t mean how much things have become worse, or crowded, but rather how much several species have increased in population.

I’ve been traveling to...

American Oystercatcher

Last week while leading a photo workshop in warm and sunny Florida, I was walking down a long stretch of beach with my group of photographers in tow. The sun had just come up spreading a warm yellowish glow across the sand and the crashing waves at the shore. A warm breeze blew in from the ocean...

Woodpeckers

Once again, I found myself sitting outside in my small photo blind trying to capture a handful of images of birds in a winter/snowy setting. The temperatures where a balmy minus 5 below zero and I was starting to feel the cold penetrate my many layers of clothing.

I was fortunate enough...

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