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’s 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

Conowingo Dam Bald Eagles

After a cloudy week the sun returned on a crisp early January day. While the huge numbers of Bald Eagles seen at Conwingo Dam, Maryland a month ago had dwindled to just a handful, there was still an opportunity to get to see these majestic birds up close. We got there just in time toContinue Reading

Bobcats and Bison and Bears… oh my!

2016 marks the 100th Anniversary of our US National Park Service!   The official date is not until August 25, the day Congress passed the “National Park Service Organic Act” in 1916, but we, along with all the National Parks and Monuments plan to celebrate all year long! If you watched the Tournament of RosesContinue Reading

Species Spotlight: Colourful Leafbird of India

I’ve called out many a “leaf bird” in my travels, but few resembled this handsome one! Flashing brightly-coloured wings and tail, Orange-bellied Leafbirds use their long, slender, decurved bill to glean insects from the canopies of deciduous, broadleaf forests. The 7 1/2 inch long Orange-bellied is one of 11 species in the Leafbird family, foundContinue Reading

Species Spotlight: Snail Kite or, Snails and the Kites Who Love Them

    Eastern Kingbird? Breeds as far west as Washington and Oregon. Philadelphia Vireo? Not so common in the City of Brotherly Love. But every so often a bird’s name is right on the money. Such is the case with the Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis). In the United States, Snail Kites are found only inContinue Reading

When Dust Settles on the Savannah

One of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles takes place in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Each August and September, more than a million Wildebeest migrate across the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem in a ceaseless search for fresh grass. During our tour last August, vast herds of Wildebeest were grazing on the western side of the Mara, within the BurungatContinue Reading