I spend hours almost daily stalking area ponds,lakes and rivers in search of the less common. I have been fortunate to be able to capture a number of birds and water fowl that are not so common to my area,however, I find myself still taking a number of photographs of the most common of all ducks, the Mallard. As plentiful and common as they may be I still find their beauty fascinating.



When I’m out and about I usually have an idea of what I’m looking for to photograph, but as we all know things don’t always work out the way we intended. Yesterday,Saturday February 11, I loaded my gear and headed south in hopes of catching my favorite area pair of Eagles working on their nest and possibly mating. It is that time of year.

During the one hour drive you can imagine my anticipation,the weather was perfect and the light beautiful. This was to be a perfect day spent with these magnificent Eagles. When I arrived I was surprised not seeing any other photographers or bird watchers. Wow not even and Eagle, however, the Belted Kingfishers were busy. So here are the results.


He spots his prey


The take off


The attack


The results “Breakfast”


“Red Heads” a beautiful sight.

I have always found Red Heads of all species interesting including humans. When I see someone or something adorned with a crimson top knot I always have to take a second glance. Although  fairly common in my area I had not ever seen these “Red Heads” so you can imagine the excitement I felt when I stumbled on this flock on an urban pond near my home


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Tufted Titmouse

With the extreme cold and snow here in west central Ohio I have been hanging close to home keeping and eye and my camera focused on whats happening in my backyard. Although the Tufted Titmouse is not rare in my area it has been some time since I  have seen them around my place.

Here’s what Cornell Labs says about this cute little critter.

Tufted Titmice are acrobatic foragers, if a bit slower and more methodical than chickadees. They often flock with chickadees, nuthatches, and woodpeckers and are regular visitors to feeders, where they are assertive over smaller birds. Their flight tends to be fluttery but level rather than undulating . You’ll find Tufted Titmice in most eastern woodlands below 2,000 feet elevation, including deciduous and evergreen forests. Tufted Titmice are also common visitors at feeders and can be found in backyards, parks, and orchardsbackyard-1-6-17_0019backyard-1-6-17_0028backyard-1-6-17_0029

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Little Gull

I have often said that two of the important elements of photography is luck and skill. Luck is being at the right place at the right time and skill is being able to handle the situation  that arises. It was with out doubt that luck was with me on November 7th when I was privileged to witness the appearance of the  a rare (to my area of Indiana) “Little Gull”.  this experience lasted less than 30 seconds

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Here is what Cornell Labs say about the Little Gull. Your comments are welcome.

The smallest gull in the world, the Little Gull is common across Eurasia. A few pairs have been nesting in North America since the 1960s, and the species is now a rare, but regular, visitor to the East Coast and the Great Lakes. 


Flight of The Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is the largest and most common Heron in North America. With a wing span reaching up to six feet they are amazing to watch and photograph. I have captured hundreds of images of the Great Blue Heron but every time I see one I just keep snapping away. These guys are a great subject to practice in flight shots as they fly slow and graceful across the water. Here a four images I captured on a recent outing.treaty-line-10-24-16_0100treaty-line_0062treaty-line_0063treatyline11-9-16_0003

Fishing with an Osprey

This late in the year in Indiana it is very rare to see and Osprey as they have started their migration south. I was fortunate to capture these images on October 31st at Middlefork Reservoir in Richmond Indiana.middlefork10-31-16_0082middlefork10-31-16_0080-copy