My Favorite Wildlife Photos of 2021

At the end of every year, I always enjoy going through my photos and picking some of my favorites. It’s a fun exercise. And I inevitably end up...

Holiday Gift Ideas for Bird Photographers

Hi all. Merry Christmas and happy holidays. I've seen enough gift guides out there with gear and software and tech and all that stuff. So I thought...

Sometimes You Get Nuttin’

There are a few hawks that frequent my backyard and I hear them just about every day. The problem is that if (and when) they do ever fly in and...
No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter

While I was in Costa Rica last month we stumbled on a bird I've never seen there before. A Laughing Falcon, which is also referred to as a Snake Hawk. I honestly don't know how our guide spotted it, as it was buried back behind so many trees, inside of trees, and so...

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Swallow Tail Kites Galore!

Swallow Tail Kites Galore!

Last week I had the opportunity to photograph swallow tail kites. My friend Dick, over at DVWildlife Tours, has a great tour on a lake here in FL, and there are literally thousands of these birds that come in this time of year. It was a fun outing and a little...

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Get a Room!!!

Get a Room!!!

I was looking through my library the other day and found some humorous photos. While out with a DVWildlife Boat Tour, we came upon some Barred Owls. First there was one, and then another flew up to it... and then the funny behavior began. First, the owl on the left...

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I Always Feel Like… Somebody’s Watchin’ Me

I Always Feel Like… Somebody’s Watchin’ Me

When I'm out shooting wildlife for a morning, I'll often come back with 1000 (or even double that) photos. Out of that, I may end up keeping 50-100 and that's just because I'm too lazy to pair it down any further than that. So why do I end up with so many photos? It's...

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Take Off, Eh!

Take Off, Eh!

My last day in Costa Rica was a non-workshop day, but I went out with a few people to just shoot and I realized I have a problem. I'm addicted to take off shots... Hence the name of this post (special pat-on-the-back prize to who knows where the phrase came from) ;-)...

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Who Put That Leaf On My Head?

Who Put That Leaf On My Head?

Hi everyone. I just returned from my Costa Rica Workshop. I had a wonderful group of people. Several returning workshop attendees which is always nice to see, and some fantastic new people I got to meet as well. And we had the best abundance of wildlife I've seen...

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Breakfast on the Go (and a tight crop)

Breakfast on the Go (and a tight crop)

I've visited Ft. Desoto Beach ,here in the Tampa area, a number of times this spring. Once you shoot there a time or two, you start to change your expectations. At first, you're just happy to get a nice photo of a Snowy Egret flying. They don't fly really fast, so...

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Should You Shoot Wide Open?

Should You Shoot Wide Open?

I was teaching a webinar the other evening and I got a question that prompted me to write this post. Now, I've actually gotten this question many times before, but this is the first I'm writing about it. See, during the webinar I had mentioned that I "mostly"...

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Some Privacy Please!

Some Privacy Please!

I was out for a walk on the beach at sunset a while back and came across some Royal Terns just hanging out. I stopped for a few minutes and realized I was in a really bad spot for photographing them since the sun was almost in my face, or just off to the side of it....

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I Feel Like a Sitting Duck

I Feel Like a Sitting Duck

So which photo do you like best? The sitting duck or the flying duck? Back in April I was out on a lake with DV Wildlife Tours, and we saw some Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks in early morning warm light. The conditions were almost perfect. Sun at our back, wind at our...

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Ooooooo, or Ewe? Osprey on the Beach

Ooooooo, or Ewe? Osprey on the Beach

Last year I happened to see an Osprey catch a fish on the beach and then land on the beach to start eating it. At the time, I hadn't seen this happen before. Usually, they catch the fish and bring them high up on a building or tree before they settle down with it. But...

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Success! Well… Kind Of

Success! Well… Kind Of

If you read the other day's post (You Have to Start Somewhere), you saw that I posted a photo from an outing on my kayak. I was really trying to get a nice Spoony in flight, but that didn't happen. Well, I didn't get back until 9pm that night. And in spite of the fact...

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