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One photo a day challenge: Day 194. I wanted to do some photography that I haven’t been doing as much of lately. I set out into my yard to hopefully see some birds. The birds were out there flitting about along the edges of the woods and moving across my yard. I just needed a few to get close enough for a decent photograph. There were woodpeckers, finches, and flycatchers moving about…. Read More

Some days when you go birding at a National Wildlife Refuge like Montezuma you see a smattering of everything. There are some ducks. Shorebirds are foraging along the shallows. Raptors are soaring overhead. And there are songbirds in the trees. On other trips to the wildlife refuge the trip feels more like, and now presenting the star of our show…. On days like this there are often still a lot of birds… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 151. Today was another fun day of birding at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. There are so many great reasons to visit Montezuma. There are many great birding sights that await you when you arrive. However, often there is no way to know what you will actually see. But, showing up this time of year often ensures you will at least see the Purple Martins. There is… Read More

Lately I have done most of my bird watching from my backyard. There’s nothing wrong with back yard bird watching. I always find it enjoyable. But I never get to see the variety of birds that I would if I made a trip to a specific location to dedicate some time to birding. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge It is always fun to get online and keep up with what other people are… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 146. Today I spent most of the day birding at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. I had such a fun time. So many fun bird sightings. I took way too many photographs. I will have plenty to share with you all in the future. I typically go to Montezuma hoping to see birds I associate mostly with wetlands, like ducks or wading birds. I especially enjoy seeing… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 138. Today I decided to do something a little different. Most days I get up early before work. Usually I am getting up early sol I have time to exercise before work. Today was a day I am supposed to take off to rest. I looked outside and saw the birds in the morning sun. Then it occurred to me that today is my rest day…. Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 135. Today I taught a wildlife photography workshop at 171 Cedar Arts. We spent the first half of the day talking about wildlife photography. Then we went outside to see if we could find some wildlife to photograph. Hoping for some opportunities to practice what we had talked about. The plan was to walk across town and over the walking bridge. A great place to stop… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 133. Today I was able to get outside for a little bird watching at home. Some birds are so bold. They will fly right by me or land right up close to me. Other birds are more standoffish. They watch from a distance and mostly wait for me to leave before appearing anyplace close to where I am. The Northern Cardinals in my yard always seem… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 126. I most frequently do my birding from home. But today I wanted to make a concerted efort to go out birding someplace other than at my hosue. I wanted to go out and hopefully see some of the birds I am seeign people reporting. I decided to visit one of our beautiful local parks, Sperr Memorial Park. This is not only a beautiful park, but… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 116. Today I stopped by one of two local Osprey nests located on the Chemung River in Elmira, New York. The Osprey have been back in the area for a little while now with the return of spring. I keep hearing reports of them being on their nests. However, I have not yet made my way to see them this spring. I decided today was a… Read More

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