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Create photographs wherever and whenever you can. The zoo is a great place to practice your craft. This portrait of a Barn Owl at the zoo turned out beautifully. Photo Details: Nikon D300. 300mm f/4. Teleconverter. Focal Length 420mm. 1/320 second. f/5.6. ISO 1600

This photo is one of the first exciting wildlife photograph I ever captured. This is a Sharp-Shinned Hawk flying with the prey it just caught. I was just starting to get into photography. When this happened I was just walking through town with my camera. No plan. Just hoping to see something cool. I saw something crash into a hedge along a building. Then I saw this bird emerge. I was lucky… Read More

It is so great when a majestic bird lands in a dead tree. The nice open view is so enjoyable. The bright sunlight shining on the side of the Red Tailed Hawk creates such a cool look. The shadows on one side and the bright luminance on the opposite side. It even creates a shadow around the eye. If you love birding and want to get good looks at raptors it could… Read More

One of my favorite places to watch and photograph birds is Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge sits atop Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. There are just so many opportunities to see so many different varieties of birds. There are opportunities to see birds you’ve never seen or see birds seldom seen in new ways. I’ve seen Northern Harriers off in the distance from time to time…. Read More

Several years ago I went camping with some family at Chenango Valley State Park in New York. It turned out to be a really good spot for birding. And we didn’t even have to leave our campsite. On multiple occasions we were able to watch a group of juvenile Cooper’s Hawks fly around in the forest. This was right near our campsite. It was the prefect viewing opportunity. My dad and I… Read More

This Broad-Winged Hawk showed up and sat vigil on this dead tree. Watching. Waiting. Patient. Never saw the hawk move much. I didn’t see the bird come or go. I am not sure if it ever found its prey. But it was awesome to have an opportunity to simply watch and observe this Broad-Winged Hawk for a good long time. I stood and watched this hawk through a Nikon 300mm f4 lens… Read More

Early on in my photography I was lucky to have some amazing experiences with a bird that isn’t all that common in our area. Especially not common to get to see and photograph so closely. We had a peregrine falcon that would regularly show up in a pretty specific spot. Not only would it be there, but it would hang out and stay there for awhile. It was possible to just stand… Read More

Sometimes there are only limited options for getting the shot. On occasion a subject simply doesn’t exist except under very specific circumstances. Being a nature, wildlife, and bird lover I have attended a birding event held by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on a couple of occassions. They have amazing birds that they use for educationsl purposes. This is an amazing opportunity to see beautiful animals up clos and personal in ways… Read More

If you see an American Kestrel perched in a tree it is easy to think that is is just another pretty song bird. They are beautiful birds. They had interesting markings along their heads and wings. They have bright orange hues coloring their feathers. They are rather small birds. Easy to mistake for a song bird. But they may just as easy eat a song bird for lunch. American Kestrels are indeed… Read More

One of the most fun things about being a photographer based out of my home town has been to watch the osprey. I am not sure I even knew what an osprey was before I started photographing them. At some point one osprey nesting platform was erected along the river that flowed through town. Eventually osprey began nesting there. Then more nest platforms were constructed. And that drew more nesting pairs of… Read More