Wednesday, December 17, 2014 14:55

Snowy Owl

January 19th, 2014

The 2013/2014 winter has seen a remarkable irruption
of snowy owls into the northern U.S.
Here are a few shots of one of the birds that I was lucky enough to see.

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Birding Ohio

May 13th, 2013

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redheadedwoodpecker

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Birds from Sax/Zim Bog

February 11th, 2013

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SWAINSON’S HAWK

August 1st, 2012

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Nice surprise, a pair of Swainson’s Hawks while on a Briding Drive in Goodhue County just north of Zumbrota, MN.

Falconry…

March 7th, 2012

I got to spend the first beautiful spring day outside chasing hawks with falconer Carolyn Standlee-Hanson, of Phoenix Fire Falconry, her husband Richard, and friend Barbara O’Brien (Barbara O’Brien Photography). What a fantastic way to usher in spring. Thank you to all involved. It was a splendid day. Here are some of the day’s favorites.

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“Sassy” (a Harris’s Hawk) and Carolryn. Ready for flight.

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This is “Hit-Girl” she’s a young Red-Tailed Hawk

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If you look closely here you can see the Third Eyelid (nictitating membrane)

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A close up of the Eyelid

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Another shot that shows the Eyelid (here it is only half covering the eye)

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Close-up #2

Northern Saw-Whet Owl

March 5th, 2012

For a couple weeks now I’ve been photographing a Northern Saw-Whet Owl. Here are some of my favorites.

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Saw Whet

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Saw Whet

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FOXY

May 22nd, 2011

Today I took a break from the Owls and went to shoot a den of fox kits. I didn’t even realize that the weather was so severe until I heard the sirens. Apparently It didn’t affect me, or the foxes.

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Owls

May 22nd, 2011

Great Horned Owlets 05-15-2011

Great Horned Owlets 05-15-2011

I’ve been photographing these baby owls since last sunday. One fell from the nest late Sunday night last week, and climbed up a nearby tree leaving one little owlet occupying the original nest tree. One week later both seem to be doing quite well. Despite the mobbing of Crows and Jays, and the serious eyeing of an attentive Cooper’s Hawk.

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Great Horned Owlet 05-21-2011

Flight Feathers 05-21-2011

Flight Feathers 05-21-2011

Standing Guard

Standing Guard

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Spring Birds

May 22nd, 2011

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Swainson's Thrush

Swainson's Thrush

Storms across MN

July 17th, 2010

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The first storm of the day! Fierce!