Juvenile Bald Eagles




Today I’m posting some previously unpublished images of juvenile Bald Eagles that congregate in early winter at Squaw Creek NWR in northwest Missouri. I was hoping to have made a return trip to the refuge by now, but the holiday activities, along with a bad GFCI breaker on my home refrigerator has been keeping me […]

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Fun Friday: A Common Spring Sighting




A common sight around Missouri right now, as spring rolls in … a male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) singing and displaying his bright red wing patches: This image was captured during my recent visit to Squaw Creek NWR, in northwest Missouri, but several of my rural neighbors have ponds and the Red-winged Blackbirds have been […]

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Killdeer




One of the common birds found during my short visit to the Squaw Creek NWR last week, was the Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus). At one location on the refuge, the refuge road runs between two pools of water, both pools just feet from the road. As I drove this part of the road, several Killdeer would […]

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Ring-necked Ducks




On the way home from photographing the Sandhill Cranes on Nebraska’s Platte River, I made a short stop at the Squaw Creek NWR, located in NW Missouri. Bird numbers had been quite high in the days leading up to my visit (650,000 snow geese, 500 trumpeter swans, etc.), but the temperature had warmed so much […]

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Trumpeter Swan Videos




Back in December (2014), I posted several times on Trumpeter Swans that were at the Squaw Creek NWR in northwest Missouri. At that time, I captured a few videos of the swans. However, due to having extremely slow internet at home, I could not upload them for sharing. On my current “Wintering Bald Eagles” photo […]

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Lone Ruddy




At one of the water pools on the Squaw Creek NWR, I found this lone Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) female, foraging near the road: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D body Canon EF 500mm, f/4 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC (shot at 700mm) Handheld, with IS “On” ISO 2500 Aperture f/11 Shutter 1/1250 sec.   […]

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Trumpeter Swans With Wings in Motion




It’s always a wonderful sight whenever a beautiful Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) leans back and upward, and start’s flapping it’s wings … you really get a sense for the size of the bird when they do this. This activity is common after a bird bathes or preens the bad feathers from his coat. Here are […]

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Adult Bald Eagles




The number of adult Bald Eagles were dwindling at the Squaw Creek NWR when I was there last week. But I managed to capture a few decent images: Next month, I’m planning on a bald eagle shoot along the Mississippi River, so I’m hoping that cold weather will continue to bring eagles southward! Photographic Equipment […]

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Morning Chow Line




While touring the refuge auto route early in the morning, it is very common to see groups of Bald Eagles just waiting for a meal to come close! This group of 5 eagles were pretty evenly distributed … 2 adults, 2 juveniles and one “tweener” that was starting to get his white head, but not […]

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Surprising Sandhills




I was surprised to find 3 Sandhill Cranes on the refuge at Squaw Creek NWR, this past week. Over the past few years, a handfull of cranes have been spotted on the refuge, but they usually are in the deep South by now! The pair of adults and one juvenile were seen a couple of […]

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