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I said no pictures ….

In Wildlife by Patrick

Critters are great and and knowing biology helps when photographing them. This squirrel folding its arms as if to say “You cannot be serious about taking my picture again, can you?” helps to tell the story and bring a somewhat human quality to her. Great fun to shoot when the birds are not feeding or cooperating.

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Winter feeder fun without snow

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Our winter has been very up and down here in the Midwest. One day we have -30 below wind chill temps and the next it will be in the 50’s. Given that, there has not been much snow on the ground even though we are in the middle of winter. Despite the weird temps, birds still go on with there …

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They have returned

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Winter is tough for birds. They have to scavenge for food, water and the basic necessity of shelter. Quite remarkable when one has to think about what they endure during the cold season. In my backyard studio, I try to have help them out as best I can. I have 7 feeders with various seeds and two heated bird baths …

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Can nature heal us?

In Wildlife by Patrick

There are a ton of ways to reconnect with nature and for me personally, this is something that I need to do. Hiking, biking, boating, swimming, bird watching just to name a few. My favorite is the hiking, with camera in hand of course. With my father recently passing away, it allows me time to think, quite my mind and …

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Nesting Season is here

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I love this time of year. Love is in the air and the couples are doing some home renovations. I have about 5 nesting boxes in and around the property. I have different diameter entrances and some are for songbirds, some are for cavity nesters and others are specific to a species. It is amazing to me how each year …

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Flash fill in wildlife photography

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This is one of the most asked questions that seems to find its way into my inbox. How to use flash fill in wildlife photography? Great question and one that I don’t mid answering on reguluar basis. The reasoning behind that is all those questions that I hopefully help fellow photographers with gets me to thinking about how I can …

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Something raced by the window …

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This was what my daughter said when watching some of the birds feeding in the backyard. Hearing this often, I immediately grab the camera and slowly go to one of the second story windows and begin surveying the trees. Simply observing the lack of activity an seeing the birds hide deep in the shrubs, I knew it was a predator …

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Rewards of research

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Putting in the time to read about biology seems like it might be overkill when it comes to wanting to photograph wildlife. After all, reading and researching is not going to get your subject caught on film, or will it. I think and subscribe to the philosophy that in order to get the shot, you need to know as much …

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Northern Flicker

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The best thing sometimes about photographing wildlife isn’t necessarily getting the shot, but rather just being with the wildlife. I never forget that they are allowing me into their lives letting me get a glimpse of everyday happenings. As I was taking this picture of the Northern Flicker, there was a gray squirrel sitting not even a foot away from …

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Missed by a hair

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Something went flashing by the window and I was not sure what it was. I went to the window only to several birds frozen in place on my feeders and in the bushes. They were motionless telling me there was a predator somewhere about, all I had to do was find it. Suddenly, from above a male Sharp-shinned hawk landed …