Long-tailed Ducks in flight, Barnegat Inlet, Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, New Jersey

August 4, 2009

Hey everybody,

My lack of participation on this blog lately has gone on for too long! I’ve been working hard on preparing photos for my new website, and I’ve enjoyed a rare week of doing absolutely nothing at all! I’m getting caught up again with processing photos. Here are two images I made of Long-tailed Ducks at Barnegat this past February. I had a great visit and saw tons of birds, including but not limited to: Harlequin Ducks, Long-tailed Ducks, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, Red-breasted Mergansers. Barnegat really is a great spot and I hope to return for a morning or two this winter!



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Pair of Harlequin Ducks, Barnegat Light, NJ

March 20, 2009

Hey everyone,

I’m taking a quick break from processing shots I took on my long trip to show you some birds I photographed this winter. Here’s a shot from early February of male and female Harlequin Ducks. They’re definitely one of the more interesting waterfowl I’ve seen! In this shot I liked the way the two of ’em were sitting next to each other. I stopped down to f/13 to get them both in focus.

Barnegat Light is a great place to photograph them, along with Red-breasted Mergansers, Long-tailed Ducks, Brant, and some Scoters or a Common Eider if you’re lucky.


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.



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.


Wood Duck in Autumn Reflections

January 29, 2009

…another Wood Duck from Ohio!


Wood Duck Drake in Autumn Reflections

January 26, 2009

Who doesn’t like Wood Ducks? They are definitely among the most unique looking North American birds, and a personal favorite to photograph. Even if you’re not into birds, they’re just awesome looking ducks.

In the second week of October last year, I traveled to Cleveland, OH to photograph Wood Ducks. There’s a park that’s a few miles east of the city where Wood Ducks are extremely tame, and have even been known to eat corn from people’s hands. Going in peak autumn color makes for some very unique and interesting photo ops. As you can see here, by standing higher then I normally would for photographing waterfowl, I am able to photograph the Wood Duck with the reflections of the autumn trees on the water. Here’s one of a few I’m going to share with you.


Back home!

January 14, 2009

Hey everyone,

Sorry for the recent lack of updates. After zipping through the midwest, and quick visits to the Cleveland and Toronto areas, I have made it home! It’s tough getting used to not being out on the road, but that’s okay. It’s good to be home, and I’m happy to see everybody again.

Here’s a shot of a White Winged Scoter from Hamilton, Ontario. While I’d typically prefer a lower angle of view, this is the lowest I could get, and it’s a cool species! I’ve made it a personal goal to get good photographs of 15 species of waterfowl this winter and spring. Since I’ve now made it to 14, I’ve upped my goal to 25. This is going to be a main focus of mine for the remainder of the winter, and hopefully I can make it happen!


Snow Goose Landing

December 9, 2008

Here’s an older one from Bosque a few weeks ago. The wind conditions were almost perfect for photographing the incoming geese. I’m really just posting this because I had it ready, and need to test something with my blog. Ever since WordPress re-did their interface, any photographs that I post are not clickable. Hmmm.


Blastoff! + Grand Canyon

November 21, 2008

Hey everybody,

I’m writing this from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I drove out here from Bosque yesterday. It was sad leaving such a ridiculously awesome place, but my Dad, Stepmom, and three siblings are out here visiting right now. It has been a blast so far. I’m going to be having a busy week. We all leave here tomorrow, and then my girlfriend is coming in to Page, Arizona to visit for Thanksgiving.

This place is truly spectacular, but man am I having a hard time photographing it well. The weather and light have been decent, but I just haven’t been able to kick it into gear yet. I have had some success shooting birds out here, but that’s obviously not going to be my main focus out here. Hopefully things are going to work out a bit better for me tomorrow!

Here’s a photograph from my last morning at Bosque. The “blast off” was insane with around 40,000 Snow Geese taking flight at the same time. The day before, there was a sizable brush fire in the valley, so I can only assume some of the smoke left in the air helped with the sky in this shot.


And here is a photograph of a favorite bird, a Steller’s Jay. It’s quite common out west, especially around picnic areas and campgrounds, but I’ll never tire of this beautiful bird.


And finally, here’s a group shot.


Bosque del Apache NWR

November 19, 2008

Hey everybody,

I’ve now left Texas, and have shot at Bosque del Apache for the last few days. I apologize for not updating in a week, and I can promise that the next will be full of updates, as I head out to Arizona! Anyway, Bosque del Apache is nuts. There are over 37,000 Snow Geese and 4,700 Sandhill Cranes here right now, according to the Park Service. The light has been good, and the shooting conditions have been nothing short of awesome. After a morning shoot tomorrow, I’ll be heading off for the Grand Canyon.

I’ve really been concentrating on flight photography out here, because the conditions have been pretty good for it. I haven’t even begun to work on image I’ve made here, but here are two I’ve managed to process. The first one is a Sandhill Crane flying, and the second is a Snow Goose “putting on the brakes.”



Finally, if you haven’t yet, you should take a look at Ethan Meleg’s work, and Chris Dodds’ work. They have both been extremely kind in their willingness to show me around this place, and they are both excellent photographers themselves. Ethan is currently in the middle of an 18 month photo journey… And I thought I was nuts for wanting to do three. Anyhow, if you’re not familiar with their photography, please drop by their websites and take a look.

Road update + American Black Duck Preening

October 23, 2008

Hey everybody. It’s been a while since I last posted on here! I’ve been super busy shooting and scouting out here in the Blue Ridge/Smokies. This is my first visit to this area, and it has been amazing so far. The foliage has been anything but predictable, and I’ve really had to search hard to find the best spots to shoot. I guess you could say that the conditions are making things pretty interesting. As I write this, from Gatlinburg, TN, almost all of the trees in town are still green! However, things are coming along a bit more nicely around the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Asheville and Brevard. It looks like I’ll be getting some rainy days tomorrow and the next day, so I’ll be working hard to get as many of the higher elevation waterfalls as I can!

Anyway, here’s an image from Ohio. I believe this is a Female American Black Duck, but I’m not 100% certain. As some of you know, I enjoy photographing birds, but I don’t know a whole lot about them. My idea is that I should focus on one particular aspect of bird photography, so I’m going to make Waterfowl a significant project of mine for this winter once I get home.

Update from NC!

October 17, 2008

Well, as I had feared, I’ve fallen behind in processing and keeping on top of the new photographs I’ve been making every day out here. I’m writing this from a Taco Bell in Boone, North Carolina. This morning I shot a bit around the Clinch Ranger District, in SW Virginia, before I made it down to NC. I photographed Linville Falls in gorgeous fog this afternoon, and I plan to photograph the Gorge tomorrow in some way or another for sunrise and sunset.

I’m going to go ahead and schedule some image posts, to show you guys some of the images I’ve been making. I may or may not have a chance to get back on in the next few days. Keeping on top of my new images is my top priority. If I do get back on, I’ll just have a few instances with two blog posts in a single day.

Here’s an take on a Wood Duck that you don’t usually see…