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Its easy to overlook the things we see everyday. Why bother photographing something that is so common? What is even worth paying attention to if I see this every day in my life? But maybe the fact that you see it every day is exactly what makes it worth watching more closely. If there is something that occurs regularly in life it is valuable to know more about it. Understanding why something… Read More

This photo does a few things that I like. The bird stands out from the background. This is helped by the background being mostly light monochrome colors and not a very busy background. The Barn Swallow has deep colors that sets it apart form the rest of the scene. Light is glinting off the Barn Swallows feathers. Posture makes a difference. And the Barn Swallow with its wings back and tail to… Read More

Its hard not to like colorful birds. When there is a burst of color at the bird feeder it can quite literally brighten up the day. If you enjoy seeing wildlife. Set up a birdfeeder wherever you can. If you want to photograph wildlife. Set up a birdfeeder wherever you can. Photo details: Nikon D300S. Nikon 300mm f/4. Focal length 420mm. ISO 400. 1/1000 sec. f/5.6.

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

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