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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 …

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You can always do better

In Wildlife by Patrick

Birding is one of those things that once you get the bug, you are always looking to get different species to the feeders. As a wildlife photographer, being able to get glass on these species is an ongoing quest. Here in the Midwest, I have two species, the Rose Breasted Grosbeak and the Baltimore Oriole that I have seen in …

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Flash and Wildlife

In Tips and Tricks, Wildlife by Patrick

Given the current state of the times, with everyone staying home, more folks have been experimenting with backyard photography and I could not be more excited about that. With more people taking photographs of the species coming to their backyards, more questions are coming in. One in particular is about the use of flash. I have done many posts on …

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Backyard Birding Boom

In Wildlife by Patrick

Lately, my inbox has been filling up with a repeating question and I thought it was post worthy for an answer. With all the downtime that photographers have, and not just photographers, but people in general, the question has been rolling in “How do I get started in backyard bird photography?”. Great question and I could not be happier to …

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Eye Contact – Subtle but important

In Wildlife by Patrick

As photographers, we are taught that the eyes on the subject have to be sharp. No argument here as that can make or break a portrait whether shooting people or wildlife. Having the eye contact with the subject helps connect the viewer to the subject. This got me thinking while shooting in my backyard the other day. What type of …

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I said no pictures ….

In Wildlife by Patrick

Critters are great and and knowing biology helps when photographing them. This squirrel folding its arms as if to say “You cannot be serious about taking my picture again, can you?” helps to tell the story and bring a somewhat human quality to her. Great fun to shoot when the birds are not feeding or cooperating.

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Winter feeder fun without snow

In Wildlife by Patrick

Our winter has been very up and down here in the Midwest. One day we have -30 below wind chill temps and the next it will be in the 50’s. Given that, there has not been much snow on the ground even though we are in the middle of winter. Despite the weird temps, birds still go on with there …

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They have returned

In Wildlife by Patrick

Winter is tough for birds. They have to scavenge for food, water and the basic necessity of shelter. Quite remarkable when one has to think about what they endure during the cold season. In my backyard studio, I try to have help them out as best I can. I have 7 feeders with various seeds and two heated bird baths …

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Can nature heal us?

In Wildlife by Patrick

There are a ton of ways to reconnect with nature and for me personally, this is something that I need to do. Hiking, biking, boating, swimming, bird watching just to name a few. My favorite is the hiking, with camera in hand of course. With my father recently passing away, it allows me time to think, quite my mind and …

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Nesting Season is here

In Wildlife by Patrick

I love this time of year. Love is in the air and the couples are doing some home renovations. I have about 5 nesting boxes in and around the property. I have different diameter entrances and some are for songbirds, some are for cavity nesters and others are specific to a species. It is amazing to me how each year …