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Great Little Parents

In Wildlife by Patrick

Each year in the fall, we make it a point on our property to clean the nesting boxes so birds can have not only a place to roost in the colder months if needed, but with the hopes that in the spring, we will have new residents building nests. Where I live, here in the Midwest, we have a very …

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Center for Birds of Prey

In Wildlife by Patrick

Sometimes, looking at potential sites to visit online does not do a place justice. One such place is the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw South Carolina. While visiting family, my wife suggested that we make a stop at the center knowing my passion for birds, especially raptors. As I always do, I began the research of the center …

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Look who moved in

In Wildlife by Patrick

We have a number of nesting boxes around our property. Each box is different to attract different cavity nesters. Each spring is exciting to see who will attempt to nest and hold on to the site as these are usually coveted by a number of species. This year we have House Wren who has claimed two boxes in an attempt …

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Amazing adaptations

In Wildlife by Patrick

It never ceases to amaze me that critters, birds and mammals alike, adapt so well to their environments and the changing season. From the biggest to the smallest these changes can be nothing short of amazing. Here is a simple example. This American Goldfinch is brilliant yellow in the summer months. As the seasons change, the yellow become more muted …

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New nesting boxes

In Wildlife by Patrick

Currently, I have about 5 nesting boxes around my lot.  I live in an urban area / sub-division with plenty of foot traffic.  My bird sanctuary, as I like to call it, is in our backyard.  I have an enclosed backyard with a fence and this is where my backyard bird studio resides.  It works well and I currently have …

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Waiting for the light

In Wildlife by Patrick

Trying to make the common seem uncommon is something that is not always easy with visual story telling. One way that I have found to do this is to always fall back on the light. Take this European Starling as an example. Once is a while when putting out new food in my feeders, flocks of these birds will descend …

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Never gets old

In Wildlife by Patrick

Currently I have seen over 31 different species of birds frequent my backyard. I have pictures of all of them, some better than others and that it was keeps me going. How do I capture the shots that I have in my mind and turn them into the types of photographs I want to share. Having pictures of these birds …

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Natures Adaptations

In Wildlife by Patrick

In her infinite wisdom, Mother Nature has given creatures the ability to adapt to varying seasons. Here is the Midwest we have examples of this all around us. I am fortunate as a photographer to witness a great many of these adaptations. One of the most simple, yet most vital is with birds. Take for example this American Goldfinch. A …

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Creatures big and small

In Wildlife by Patrick

Walking through the woods is by far one of my favorite things to do, especially in the fall. Looking for the color changes is of course the main objective, but if you just stop, look and listen you will be amazed at what might show up and what you will see. While walking, taking care to watch our steps, this …

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Fun with Shorebirds

In Wildlife by Patrick

Walking on the beach or just along a secluded waterway, one thing that you will always find are shorebirds. These unique species rely on the water for their every need. Whether it be feeding, raising their young or mating, shorebirds offer a great photographic opportunity. This juvenile sanderling paused long enough to allow me to get a shot or two …