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on May 31, 2016 in Just Out!

FL Birds 2017!

Dates opened up on my schedule for 2017 so back to FL Birds I go! It’s been a couple of years so I’m doin it up big. Heading to the beach for shorebirds, heading to Corkscrew Swamp for it’s cool birds (where the Red-shouldered Hawk was shot) and even going after Burrowing Owls once more. Yep, it’s a birding trip and I can’t wait. I’ve so enjoyed having folks joining me, I’m opening this up to those who want to hit the sun and photograph birds. The dates are 15-20 March, 2017 (fly in the 15th and flyout 20th). You’re going to fly in and out of Tampa, FL and we’ll base south of there around Ft Myers. We’re there when birds are coming into their breeding plumage and routine. Shorebirds looking their best before they start back up north and resident nesting birds are setting up shop. It’s a great time to be a bird photographer! The group size is limited to 4-5 folks, the price is $1750...

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on May 27, 2016 in Wildlife Photography

Evening Love Cranking Up

Spring has sprung on the property and Sharon’s favorite birds have come back. We have two distinct populations of Evening Grosbeaks, winter and summer. This migratory species ranges over most of North America and Mexico with our winter Grosbeaks coming south from Canada, stopping at our feeders and our summer Grosbeaks coming up from the south to stop at our feeders. Sharon carefully notes their comings and goings over the years and so looks forward to the summer population since they are so active and noisy! We were in our home for years before we first saw the Evening Grosbeak on the property. We’d seen them in the Sierra but not around our feeders. Then eighteen years ago the first one arrived in May. Couldn’t move one foot in the house without flushing them. They are incredibly shy! Then none over the winter until the following May when we had a couple of Grosbeaks. The summer population slowly grew overs the years and then about seven years ago, the...

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on May 27, 2016 in Just Out!

All Day Fun – Crown Camera!

Hey folks, I’ll be in Redding, CA presenting all day with Crown Camera, June 4th! I am covering all aspects of photography from light (ambient and flash), color, composition, wildlife, landscape, gear and much, much, more. And of course, the D5 and new wireless SB-5000 will be a part a long with new images from the last month. Come, join us, it’s going to be great...

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on May 26, 2016 in Wildlife Photography

Simple Pleasures – Score!

On my last two week bird road trip, I photographed 42 species of birds, 23 were new to my files. It was a great trip! Now I saw some gorgeous birds, some rare birds, some weird birds and lots of birds but the one that was the real joy to photograph was this Bobolink. Why? I’ve been seeing Bobolinks on wires for two decades. I have many times stalked a Bobolink, had them in the viewfinder but for every possible reason, I had never got one click of one. Not a rare bird, not an incredibly cool looking bird but for me, one of those birds I’ve always wanted only because of the challenge of getting the shot. And this trip I got one in the viewfinder, I lucked out with a clean background and nice light (not great light though) and made the click. What’s the point? No matter where you are in your wildlife photography, having a critter in your sites, preferably a “common” one that you...

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