Author Archives: Justin Cale

Species Spotlight: Virginia Rail

  Have you ever found yourself walking through a marsh or swamp, only to be startled by an otherworldly sound coming from the reeds that you’re walking past? Chances are good that what you’re hearing is a Virginia Rail. Very secretive birds, they are rarely seen and usually only heard during their breeding season whenContinue Reading

Hunting for Long-eared Owls

  Arriving in the parking area of an out of the way park in central Ohio, I was greeted with near darkness and cold temperatures. A good friend had decided to brave the weather and come out with me to venture into the wild in search of one of the most elusive owl species inContinue Reading

Scoters, Friends, And The Ties That Bind

  After a long week, I decided to spend some time alone on the shore of a local reservoir. A report had come in a couple of days before of a flock of Black Scoters and a possible Surf Scoter, and I thought I’d try my luck for some peace, quiet, and ducks.    Continue Reading

Species Spotlight: Eastern Screech-Owl

  If you’ve ever heard an odd, eerie trill while walking along a woodland path or even a wooded urban trail have no fear! Contrary to its it’s name, the Eastern Screech-Owl rarely screeches. Chances are that you’ve heard this wonderfully melodic and calming call without realizing it!     This small owl is oneContinue Reading

Species Spotlight: Sandhill Crane

  Being the most common crane in the world does not make the Sandhill Crane any less a wonder to see. A large and gray with a brilliant crimson crown, the Sandhill Crane is a spectacular bird–growing to just under four feet tall!     Migrating in large numbers, Sandhills often congregate en masse inContinue Reading

Species Spotlight: Burrowing Owl

  A favorite (if such a thing can be said) among Owl lovers is the pint sized Burrowing Owl. Unlike many species of Owl, the male and female Burrowing Owl are virtually identical in size. Standing at just up to ten inches tall, and weighing in at a mere six ounces, these Owls are quiteContinue Reading

Elk In The Eastern United States

  When wanting to see and photograph Elk, many folks envision destinations like the Grand Tetons. While the Tetons are indeed a wonderful place to view Elk and many other beautiful things, people of the eastern United States don’t necessarily have to travel across the country to view these amazing beasts!     Elk inContinue Reading

My Journey To Sax Zim Bog

  Minnesota is much more than the 10,000 lakes that make up its state nickname. It boasts a multitude of habitats — vast spans of hardwood lots, open prairie and bogs. In the winter months, Minnesota‚Äôs northern reaches turn into a boreal paradise, playing host to a wonderful array of wildlife!     This pastContinue Reading

Puffin Photo Adventure!

  Ten miles southeast of the quaint town of Cutler, Maine, lies a true gem for birders and photographers. Machias Seal Island spans a mere twenty acres, but during the summer months, the rocky shores host thousands of breeding seabirds. Most notable among them is the Atlantic Puffin.     The island is contested, claimedContinue Reading