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Fields of Sandhill Cranes

Fields of Sandhill Cranes

Fields of Sandhill Cranes and a Stop at the Swamp

Today my daughter and I took a drive to try and find a piece of property I have been wanting to visit.  This piece of property that was looking for was swampland with public hunting grounds and was where my uncles and grandfather used to hunt during the fall.  It was a beautiful country drive with views of fields of sandhill cranes.
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Profile of Bald Eagle

Profile of a Bald Eagle

Profile of Bald Eagle

A beautiful shot of a profile of a bald eagle – just check out that eye!  The bald eagle was chosen as the emblem of the United States back on June 20, 1782.

Eagle’s Represent
• Strength
• Self-respect 
• Nobility
• Pride

Profile of a Bald Eagle

Interesting Facts
• Long lifespan of 30-35 years
• Mate for life
• A wingspan of up to 7 feet 
• Can fly up 25 miles per hour 
• Mainly eat fish and snakes

The eagle is a pretty impressive bird of prey, it’s no wonder it was chosen as the emblem of the United States.

 

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Male House Finch

Male House Finch

 

Male House Finch

House finches are rarely seen walking on the ground.  They are known for their hopping abilities, they will place both feet together and hop from location to location. Read all about the  house finch.

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Visitor From Heaven

Visitor From Heaven Red Cardinal Wildlife Photography Notecard

Visitor From Heaven
Vistor From Heaven

It is said when a red cardinal appears in your yard it is a visitor from heaven.
Male Red Cardinal at Feeder

I certainly hope so, I’m missing a few of my loved ones lately.

 

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Eastern American Toad Thrilling Video

The Eastern American Toad thrilling video – (thrilling) is the sound they make. The thrilling sound can last for up to 30 seconds at a time and you normally hear them in May in Wisconsin.

Currently, this is what the little pond down the street from me sounds like. The video contains one image of the toad so you know what critter to look for and the audio sound – so you too, can identify the thrilling sound the Eastern American Toad makes.

PS – Yes, the name of the sound they make is called thrilling 🙂

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Nose to Nose With a Raccoon

Nose to Nose With a Raccoon

Oh my gosh! How darn cute is he?
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Nose to Nose With a Raccoon


I was out laying down in the woods, dressed in brown and green clothing and covered in leaves, hoping, waiting and praying to lure in the fanning male turkeys but I received a
 little surprise.  I looked over to see two little eyes staring at me.
  

I could almost hear him say, “Hey lady!  Occupied!”  

 

Guess you will have to wait on turkey photos. Yep! Got ’em too. It was a good day!!

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Drake Common Merganser

Drake Common Merganser

Drake Common Merganser

After walking some trails today at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary,  I sat on a bench around the duck pond for 15 minutes, there was a drake common merganser keeping me company.

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So Elegant

Even though this duck is called the common merganser, they have an elegance about them. They are such pretty birds.
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Even though this duck is called the common merganser, they have an elegance about them. They are such pretty birds.

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You Stick Out Like A Sore Thumb

You Stick Out Like A Sore Thumb - When you see a large patch of white in an area that has no snow, you have to investigate.  Low and behold - it isn't snow!  It is Snow White though :)

You Stick Out Like A Sore Thumb
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Early spring there isn’t much color, everything is brown with a little green. Bored with the regular walking paths and nature areas I decided to take my neighbor up on his offer and walk their new property of 50 acres.

When you see a large patch of white in an area that has no snow, you have to investigate.  Low and behold – it isn’t snow!  It is Snow White though 🙂

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Belted Kingfischer

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfischer

I told a gentleman that I follow on Instagram last month I never see Belted Kingfisher on my walks with wildlife in mind. Never say never, because you will certainly be proven wrong.

Adult Male Belted Kingfisher

This male Belted Kingfisher was just sitting over one of the little streams on my walk along Bairds Creek.  I sat and watched him for a period of time hoping he was going to come back with a fresh catch.  I think he was a little bummed out about the winter flurries coming down again, as I am.

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Adult Male Belted Kngfisher in Flight

No such luck with fishing pictures of the male Belted Kingfisher today, he just flew off after watching him for ten minutes.

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Do Flies Drink Water

Do Flies Drink Water Why? Why, didn’t I think flies drank water before this week? After a rainstorm I was out searching for raindrops on flowers in my yard but this fly captured my attention.

Do Flies Drink Water

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Why? Why, didn’t I think flies drank water before this week? After a rainstorm, I was out searching for raindrops on flowers in my yard but this fly captured my attention.

Do Flies Drink Water Yep, They DO!
He was drinking the raindrops off my raspberry leaves in my garden boxes. Now, if you have never had the pleasure of watching a fly drink raindrops…run. Do it! Flies are not cute little furry creatures; but. man oh, life are they a blast to watch suck up drops. Whole raindrops, mind you.
 

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Close Up Photography in Nature by John and Barbara Gerlach

 

The book is extremely well written for beginner to novice.  John & Barbara present the information and terms in ways everyone can understand.  They also cover flash and focus stacking, which you will soon learn will be something you will want to play around with.

I also enjoyed the comparison of Nikon to Canon gear.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly 

The eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), is a species of swallowtail butterfly native to eastern North America. It is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States, where it is common in many different habitats.

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Chipmunk Itch He Can’t Scratch

Chipmunk Itch He Cant Scratch - Watched him chase his tail for a period of time and then finally, hop up on a wooden fence to grab his tail and chop down. You could see wildlife photography print

Chipmunk Itch He Can’t Scratch

A poor little guy has an itch he just couldn’t seem to get to.

 

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Watched him chase his tail for a period of time and then finally, hopped up on a wooden fence to grab his tail and chomped down.

 

You could see the instant relief in his eyes. Then he happily went on his way.

 

 

Shooting Wildlife? Extend Your Focus by 2X

Canon Extender 2x - Canon users can extend a lenses focal length by a factor of 2x. Compatible with Select EF fixed focal length L-series lenses 135mm and over, as well as the EF 70-200/2.8L, EF 70-200/2.8L IS, EF 70-200/4L, and EF 100-400/4.5-5.6L  Type your model number into the search to see if you can use it. If you can't afford to shell out the big bucks, this is the next best thing to being able to fill your frame with wildlife and still be a distance away.

Canon Users:

Canon users can extend a lenses focal length by a factor of 2x. Compatible with Select EF fixed focal length L-series lenses 135mm and over, as well as the EF 70-200/2.8L, EF 70-200/2.8L IS, EF 70-200/4L, and EF 100-400/4.5-5.6L  Type your model number into the search to see if you can use it.

If you can’t afford to shell out the big bucks, this is the next best thing to being able to fill your frame with wildlife and still be a distance away.

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Face Only a Mother Could Love

Turkey Eating Birdseed Wildlife Photography Print

Are turkeys not the ugliest birds you have ever laid eyes on? At least I think so.  It is the face that kills me.  A face only a mother could love. But, they are big, beefy and run pretty funny. The only thing I can say that is pretty, or should I say – pretty special is the way they fan their feathers during mating season, now there is a plus!  That is a pure beauty!

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Night Heron Fishing

Night Heron Fishing Wildlife Photography Print

I don’t sit and stay long in one place. I am a wandering fool.  I capture what is in front of me, or what I happen to run into on my explorations. There is something to be said for enjoying a cup of coffee while sitting at the edge of a pond or lake. Nothing rushed, nor expected.  Just out enjoying the environment and sipping coffee. Perfection.  Bliss.

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Silver Spotted Skipper

Silver Spotted Skipper

Silver Spotted Skipper Butterfly 

The silver-spotted skipper is the largest of the skippers and is most commonly found during the months of June, July, and August in Wisconsin.

They enjoy collecting nectar in open fields of flowers.  The skipper is easy to identify.


It has a brown body, with a few white spots and an orangish yellow band through its wing.

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Gray Fox

Gray Fox Wildlife Photography Art Print

Gray Fox

 

I was on my way to photograph the sunset along the shores of Green Bay which requires me to head out through the country roads but I didn’t get all that far.  This splendid gray fox was ducking in and out of a few cars on a piece of property right in town.

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Drake Wood Duck

Male Wood Duck Wildlife Print I Nikkilynndesign

Normally, I get ever so close to a wood duck in the wild and it rapidly takes to flight. I have been practicing my master skills of patience and stalking the drake wood ducks on this little retention pond down the street from my home. Hoping to come up with one, head on excellent keeper photo.

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