Category Archives: Wildlife


The Wet Birds of Wakodahatchee

The Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach, Florida provide an up-close experience with birds of many species.  On a rainy January day, wood storks, anhingas, and great blue herons caught my attention during the rain and after.   The Wood Storks Not far along the boardwalk, visitors encounter a tree full of wood storks.  These giant, prehistoric looking creatures were building nests, flying from tree to tree and returning with […]

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Sandhill Cranes at Kensington Metropark

Last weekend, my friend Raaj and I ventured to Kensington Metropark in southeast Michigan.  Our goal was to see what we could photograph in overcast, drizzly conditions.  When I entered the park,  a pair of relatively tame sandhill cranes stood off the side of the road.  What an exciting surprise!  I had never been so close to these birds in my other endeavors, and would have stopped to […]

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Birds of Prey – Howell (MI) Nature Center

The Howell Nature Center in lower Michigan rescues injured birds of prey and other wild animals and invites the public to meet them. Today, I had the opportunity to photograph their birds.  The Nature Center offers an array of wildlife education programs and today’s photo shoot was my introduction to their services.  Nature Center staff did a terrific job of explaining the background of the birds, how they […]

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Those Crazy Rabbits

Rabbits drive us crazy at home.  They eat our flowers and make babies that are just the right size for our dachshund to think he should eat. At dinner, we sit on our patio and get to watch a rabbit build its nest just 10 feet away – it isn’t scared of us and only hops away if we get within 6 or 8 feet.  If we pick the nest apart, she […]

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Argo Cascades

Down the road and across the railroad tracks from my office is Ann Arbor’s Argo Dam. A year ago, the city built a series of cascading pools that allow kayakers, canoeists, and tubers to bypass the dam and continue down the river.  After work today, I walked over to the Argo Cascades to see what I could pick up with the warm, low autumn light. […]

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A Day in London – The Pelicans

As I often do on business trips to new or fun places, I extended a late April UK trip to give a free day in London so I could walk the city and take a few photographs – or maybe more than a few.   As it is, I took so many that I’ve been struggling to decide which ones to share, which may explain why I’ve waited four months to post […]

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The Hawks are Back

In attempting bird photography, I’ve really come to appreciate what the masters do to get in the right place, wait patiently, and then follow the birds in flight.  Birds of all sizes move incredibly fast and are difficult to follow with even a moderately long lens.  I can’t imagine how hard it would be with a real long lens, 500 mm or longer.  I’ve been […]

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Hummingbird Life Cycle

In late July of 2011, my daughter walked out our front door on her way to take a run around the neighborhood and stopped dead in her tracks when she saw this tiny bird on the front walk.  You can’t image how small it was until you realize that we are trying to feed it sugar water from a teaspoon, which you see at left […]

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Hawaii 2014 – Day 5

Today was a lazy day at the resort. Imagine that, being lazy on vacation!  But, I couldn’t stay entirely still – took my camera out for an hour and found a new bird and some new perspectives on palm trees, or at least palm tree trunks. The resort has a large koi pond and I tried to get some decent pictures of the larger (18 […]

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Hawaii 2014 – Day 2

Wandering the well-groomed lawns of Ko’olina in the early morning, I found a palm trunk that grows nearly horizontal before ascending to its lofty height. Later in the day, at Hanauma Bay on Oahu’s windward side, this cattle egret had found refuge in the tree above my head. Shortly after Hawaii gained statehood, it introduced this bird, along with barn owls, to control insects and […]

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SandHill Crane

My Aunt Bobbie liked my recent bird posts, so I thought I’d dig through the archives for a sandhill crane I had photographed at the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary in southern Michigan back in 2010 (Pleasant Lake, MI, near Jackson, MI, north of I-94).  A friend of my wife invited us to watch the cranes landing in the evening at the end of October.  We […]

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Wren Watcher – Red Tailed Hawk

Our family of wrens lives in a bird house hanging from a low branch of a linden tree in the back yard.  High in the locust tree across the patio, a hawk stands guard over its nest, with an eye toward the wren’s house. Perhaps it is not really watching the wrens – but I do imagine…   In past years, the hawk has dined […]

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House Wren

An almost-summer day, I’m freshly-showered after an afternoon of yard work with nothing to do but set up camera and flash while I sit on the patio drinking my G&T and reading the paper.  We have a wren family that visits every year and the parents will fly in and out while we sit nearby.  Yesterday was no exception and I was able to capture […]

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Whale Watch

Whale Fingerprint The markings on the underside of whale flukes are referred to as “fingerprints”, and uniquely identify each whale.  What caught my eye, besides the white streaking, were the white circles found in several locations.  You can see the most prominent examples just inside the white streaking near the trailing edge of both flukes, with the left being more distinct.  Scientists use these fingerprints […]

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