More of the Great Gray Owl

February 23, 2009

Hey everybody,

Here’s another one of the Great Gray Owl I photographed in Ottawa. Once it landed on it’s prey, it would sit there for a few minutes, and would allow us to get pretty close. Before re-positioning myself to shoot the bird taking off back to it’s perch, I would try to capture a few static shots. For this particular shot, I laid down on my stomach for a super-low angle in order to show the falling snow against the darker background.


Anyway… Here’s my quick story. My super-warm leather and fur mad bomber hat was getting in the way a bit while trying to get flight shots of the owl. I casually tossed it a few feet behind me, and the owl instantly swooped down, snatched it, and flew off to the woods. He didn’t come out for the next fifteen or twenty minutes. Who knows what he did with my hat. Anyway, this image should give you an idea for what I saw as I bid farewell to my hat.


Great Gray Owl flying in snow

February 21, 2009

Hey everybody,

Sorry for the lack of recent updates. We’ve been really busy between the birds and driving. Amherst Island was a bit of a bust, but we’ve had great luck around Ottawa and Algonquin Provincial Park. I have tons to share over the next few days, but here’s a shot of a Great Gray Owl in the snow. I now love shooting birds in flight when it’s snowing. Also, I have an interesting story about this owl which I will share with you all in my next post.


Kestrel up close!

February 16, 2009

Hey guys,

I completely forgot to talk about it on here, but I’m currently in Hamilton, Ontario, staying with Greg Schneider and his incredibly hospitable family. I had wanted to get back up here this winter, as my previous visit was only twelve hours long. Anyhow, we went out today to a place known for having good raptors to photograph. We set out, hoping to find a Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, or Saw-whet Owls, but instead we found this amazing American Kestrel that did not seem to be afraid of us at all. Tomorrow we’re heading east towards Amherst Island and Ottawa. Hopefully we’ll find some owls!


Monongahela Sunrise #2

February 14, 2009

Hey everybody,

Here’s the other shot from the morning with Joe. It’s amazing how many different views and perspectives one can obtain from one overlook. There wasn’t a whole lot of fall color up there, but the color that was present was really vibrant due to the leaves being mostly backlit.


Monongahela Sunrise

February 13, 2009

Hey everybody,

I’m still working my butt off to process these files and get up to date! Here’s an image from a sweet sunrise I shared with Joe Rossbach this past October in the Monongahela National Forest of West Virginia. This particular overlook is one of my favorites. On this day, we were treated to some awesome valley fog, thanks to a very slight temperature inversion. This image doesn’t show off a whole lot of Autumn color in the mountains, but I still feel like it’s one of my favorites. In my next post, I’ll show you a different shot from the same morning.


Two more Wood Ducks

February 12, 2009

Sorry for my recent lack of updates. I’ve been super busy. Here are the last two Wood Ducks i’ll post here for a long time, I promise!



Lesser Scaup and Canvasback

February 4, 2009

I can never sleep. It sucks.



Super Bowl

February 1, 2009

I forgot to add… I hope everybody enjoys themselves tonight during what will hopefully be a good game. I’m rooting for the Cardinals. We’ll see how it goes!

Tundra Swan at last light, Choptank River, Maryland

February 1, 2009

Hey everybody,

Yesterday afternoon I drove out to Cambridge, Maryland to photograph some waterfowl on the Choptank River. It was a great afternoon, as I was able to make images of Tundra Swan, Canvasback, Redhead, American Widgeon, and Lesser Scaup. The light was good, the water was relatively calm, and it wasn’t too cold. I had expected it to be very crowded with birders due to the Eurasian Widgeon and Tufted Duck sightings, but that wasn’t the case. I came across this Tundra Swan with about five minutes of sunlight left in the day. It was fairly far out, but I set up my gear and waited anyway. Much to my happiness, after not even a minute, it swam in much closer and I was able to make this image. I really love the way super low-angle sunlight almost seems to make white birds glow.