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Warbler Quest: II

To recap my last post, I had managed in the course of a day to inadvertently photograph 9 of the 18 warblers that breed in the Ozarks. Halfway home, I decided to make a concerted effort to find and photograph the remaining nine and quickly formulated a plan.

The first stop was easy: my yard. I have […]

Warbler Quest: I

There are eighteen species of wood warblers that breed in the Ozarks. Most are common and widespread, but the Swainson’s is both few in number and restricted to a very particular habitat. A couple of the others aren’t necessarily easy to find either. After photographing half of those species in the course of a Saturday back […]

Lord of the Woods

Wood Kate. Indian Hen. Logcock. Or if you prefer, the drier, academic and more commonly used Pileated Woodpecker.

I realized as I was writing this that after using the word for at least 35 years—my Grandpa called them Indian Hens and I’m not sure I heard them called anything else until I was a teenager—I didn’t know […]

A Ghost in the Darkness

We knew there was a pair of Barred Owls in the area, probably nesting. They had been courting since February, the sounds of their softly hooted sweet nothings floating through the trees. So when a large bird flew in front of me in the quickly fading light, silhouetted against the still light western sky, and landed […]

Head Shot

A couple of weeks ago, Dayna and I […]