A Grounded Red-Tailed Hawk

Normally I don't get to photograph red tailed hawks very often. In fact, I can only remember a couple of times I have even gotten a decent image of a red tailed hawk. They are camera shy as most raptors seem to be. [caption id="attachment_6701" align="aligncenter" width="900"] A close-up head…

Head Study Of The Snowy Egret

I don't often photograph head shots of birds. I typically prefer a portrait of the whole bird but on occasion when I have little other choice I find myself taking a head portrait shot of a bird. This is usually, however, in response to the photographers least mentioned frustration, the…

A Black-necked Stilt In Flight

Birds in flight are always an interesting photography subject for me. It doesn't matter what the bird species is, birds in flight just fascinate and intrigue me. I have always had interest in birds and that interest seems to translate into my strong desire in photographing them. Growing up I…

Butterflies Are Beautiful

Like the title infers I think butterflies are beautiful. They have stunning colors and are so peaceful to watch and photograph. I honestly can't say I have a favorite species because I love all the butterflies I have had the opportunity to observe and capture on film but the monarch…

A Quiet Evening In My Backyard

It's late in the day and all is quiet in the yard except for a scrub jay at the feeder and a few chickadees sounding off in the distance. This time of night dragonflies are the staple visitor to the yard. Them, along with small white butterflies, are comprising my…

Backyard Photography

One of the joys of photography is going out and finding new places and seeing new things. Recording those new experiences are what keeps me behind the camera. Unfortunately, however, I don't always have time to go to new areas and look for new things. I don't go photograph far…

A Common Raven On A Slow Day

A couple months ago I found myself on one of those birding excursions where nothing was happening. Yes, it happens and I hate to admit it happens quite often. Finding and photographing birds isn't always an easy endeavor and there is never a guarantee birds will be there to photograph,…

My Heart Has Turned To Butterflies

I admit summer is usually a time for pelicans and other wildlife but this year my heart has literally turned to butterflies. I have been spending as much time as I can photographing butterflies but I have started to get interested in their biology as well. I have started to…

My Best Butterfly Image So Far

Aren't butterflies beautiful? Photographing them is a pure delight of mine. It's not an easy endeavor, however. These gentle creatures can surely be a most difficult subject to capture in the perfect setting as they flutter around from flower to flower in search of pollen. It is hard to nearly…

Female House Finch at the Feeder

One of the more common birds at my feeders, especially during the cold winter months is the house finch. They often squabble with the american goldfinches over the limited perches at the feeder to partake of the thistle seed I set out each day for them. A few weeks ago…

The Northern Shovelor

The northern shovelor, a common waterfowl species found on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge has never really caught a lot of my attention due to it's common nature, until now. I was fortunate enough the other day to come across a couple of drake northern shoovelors while out looking…

The Return of the Tundra Swan

One of the most beautiful and magnificent birds on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is the tundra swan. Twice a year, during both spring and fall migration, the refuge plays host to thousands of tundra swans making their way either south or north, stopping to rest and feed on…

My Resident Barn Owl

Over the past month or more I have had a barn owl living in my backyard trees. It has been there each and every morning, faithfully perched on the same branch facing the same way, sleeping off the night's hunting activities. With the onset of winter a few days ago,…

The Eastern Kingbird

Each summer the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge makes it's home available to many migratory bird species. One of those birds is the eastern kingbird. Quite often it can be seen while traveling down to the refuge, perching on the barb wire fences along forest street. (more…)

Western Grebe Reflections

A few shots of a western grebe and it's reflection from the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. The floating reflection of the western grebe has always been a tough shot for me to get for some reason. Here are a couple of the better shots of the western grebe which…

The End of Summer

Summer is fading fast. It looks like all my hummingbirds have moved on and the bees are in a feeding frenzy, cleaning out my hummingbird feeders almost daily. Soon it will be fall with cooler temperatures, shorter days and fall like colors in the mountains. I will miss the bright…

The chase is on

Quite often birds during breeding and nesting season get very territorial and protective of their small patch of real estate. This phenomenon isn't limited to birds in the same species category but can often cross those barriers as well. Many times a smaller bird will run a much bigger bird…

My Favorite Hummingbird

With hummingbird season coming to a quick and early close this year I often think about my favorite hummingbird of the year, and quite frankly possibly of all time. This tenacious little hummingbird showed up one morning at one of my feeders, looking a bit wore out from the constant…

Marsh Wren Basics

The marsh wren, possibly the smallest resident of the marsh is a tough subject to photograph. They are tiny, very active as they are never sitting still, and live in a dense jungle of thick cattails, reeds and other marsh vegetation. Photographing them can be quite tricky. Certain times of…

Backyard photography

One of my favorite venues to photograph is my own yard. I love finding stuff to shoot with my camera at my house. Not only does it save time and the expense of traveling but it is quite rewarding to be able to go outside and find something beautiful to…

Black chinned hummingbird

In my neck of the woods, we get 4 types of hummingbirds, with one being pretty uncommon to see. We get broad tailed hummingbird, rufous hummingbirds, black chinned hummingbirds and the calliope hummingbird. The calliope is one I have only seen 1 of in my life, up in the mountains…

Rufous hummingbird head study

The rufous hummingbird is one of the most beautiful hummingbird out there. It is definitely my favorite of the regional hummingbirds we get out west. I haven't had much luck getting a real good shot of a male rufous hummingbird over the past couple of years. They migrate early and…

The American Avocet

The american avocet is a summer resident on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. It is one of the priority species the refuge directly manages for. They are an interesting and quirky bird, often found squabbling over a small patch of territory during breeding season. Like many birds the american…

Photographing Great Blue Herons

Great blue herons are a favorite bird of mine and I spend a ton of time on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge watching and photographing them. These unique fishermen offer a great opportunity for birders and photographers alike to get a great portrait shot of one of nature's skilled…

Red Winged Blackbirds

Red winged blackbirds are one of my all time favorite birds. I love their sweet sounding spring songs as they perch high on a cattail and declare their territory towards other male blackbirds. They also offer a unique and challenging subject to photograph due to their dark black feathery attire,…

summertime butterflies

Summertime offers an abundance of things to photograph, especially wildflowers with butterflies and moths landing on them. They can be tricky at times as quite often they don't sit still, especially when you get too close but the effort is well worth it when you succeed in getting a great…

Great Salt Lake Sunsets

Some of the most incredible things I have ever seen in my endeavors in photographing nature are sunsets on the Great Salt Lake in Northern Utah. It offers incredible views and spectacular colors on those days when the clouds are around to offer up one of Utah's spectacular sunsets. I…

black and white sunset

As many people know, I love to photograph sunsets. I love the color and the unique and individual nature of each one. Some are grand and glorious in color and have spectacular cloud shapes and formations and others are soft and subtle with less distinctive cloud arrangements but all offer…

American Kestral Posing

One of the hardest birds I have tried to photograph is the american kestrel. It's quite perplexing as they are very common birds. But for some reason they just don't sit still for me when I am in range to photograph them. I was able to get a quick portrait…

Todays Visitor

I get a lot of birds in my yard and trees throughout the year and that is always exciting. One frequent visitor stirs more excitement, however, than most other birds and he paid me a visit again today. I got to see another great horned owl in my yard today,…

Tundra Swan

Each fall and spring the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is full of migrating tundra swans. One of the first sure signs of spring is on it's way is the arrival of northbound migrating tundra swans on the refuge. Quite often these birds arrive when there is still much ice…