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It was a bit overcast this afternoon (actually all weekend). I decided that it was time for a spin in the Kayak. Overcast is good sometimes. In this case it means that the whites in Egret pictures are less likely to get blown out. They were busy fishing this afternoon. Step one, go to where […]

Backyard Captures

We had a feeding frenzy this weekend. I think the birds reveled in the sunshine and warm weather just like we did. I caught this daddy Grosbeak waiting for his turn on the feeders. This finch was also patient, but he decided that right on top was the best place to make sure that no […]

WoodLake Wildlife Center

Sue Irby told me about a great spot for shooting Woodies. This Saturday AM I went to the WoodLake Wildlife Center in Richfield MN. Great spot with beautiful Wood Ducks. I think he got too close… There were also feeding egrets… Roosting Redwing Blackbirds… And what we think is a solo Pine Siskin

Venice Rookery (part IV) – Sandhill Cranes

There was so much going on there that it took four posts to get the feel for the overall wildlife. I have posted many of my images on the photos tab. These are my last images on the main page. This Sandhill Crane dropped in on us and decided that he didn’t mind company while […]

Venice Rookery (part III) – Anhingas

In my first Venice Rookery posting I had a photo of a mail Anhinga. Strange birds. This female decided to roost in tree directly above my. It made for two interesting shots. Here is another male. I am not used to be this close to the subject. When they get mad, I think it is […]

Venice Rookery (part II) – Egrets

This is a Great Egret – the green around the eyes is the giveaway. Having been working on catching Egrets in flight, I was pleased to get a couple of nice shots. Sometimes when they come in for a landing, it is necessary to put the flaps all the way down or they miss the […]

Venice Rookery

I learned a new two part secret for taking good wildlife pictures. Part 1: Go to where the wildlife is. Part 2: Take a lot of pictures. I had meetings most of this week on the road ending in Jacksonville FL. I decided that while I was there I would visit the crew in Bonita […]

Great Blue Herons

It was a beautiful sunny day in Lake Elmo. I spotted this guy from the deck, and grabbed this shot. As he wandered off, I grabbed my camera and headed for the Kayak to pursue him. I am glad I did. I got a couple of nice shots. I think he decided that preening was […]


The new kayak arrived. I have been anticipating spring for too long. Yesterday it arrived. This afternoon, I took it out for a maiden voyage. Here are a couple of shots. The Kayak with the tripod and the rig. I’ve got the rock, get in line behind me. Why do I feel so alone? You’re […]

Spring in Lake Elmo

It ended up being a very nice weekend. It got up to 50 today (not as good as the gorgeous 65 on Friday but quite nice. The birds are returning. This nice Blue Jay was checking things out. I have also been watching (and listening to a beautiful Red Tailed Hawk. This afternoon I spotted […]