Two Days in The Woods

To be more accurate, it was a few hours over two days. Last April I selected an area in nearby woods under several hemlock trees in which to place my camera trap (often referred to as a game or trail camera). The area appeared to be a good place for critters to hang out due to the cover and the…

Eagle Visit

On April 25th I happened to catch a glimpse of large wings overhead as I drove home from the White River marsh where I got a few shots of a Yellow-rumped Warbler. I pulled into a DPW utility drive and got a good look through my long lens. It was a group of three immature…

A Bird of a Different Feather

Toward the end of February I noticed a visitor to our place in the woods that appeared not to belong here. I’m not a birder by hobby although in photographing wildlife, I often run to my reference books to identify unfamiliar birds. Photography is a great way to identify species without having to attempt to…

End of Winter

One of my favorite photography sites is the channel between White Lake and Lake Michigan on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Between autumn and spring there are a few times a year when the conditions are such that the channel is one of the few local areas of open water. It naturally attracts an…

Sharp-Shinned

I usually have to work a little harder to capture wildlife images but this one showed up in the small courtyard outside of our kitchen window the other day. It was a Sharp-shinned Hawk that was likely attracted by one of the chipmunks that often run across the concrete pavers. The hawk was very determined…

Eyes in The Woods

This is one of my favorite trail cam videos. I couldn’t have choreographed it better if I did it myself. It takes place along a walking path in the woods in northern Muskegon County, Michigan. I won’t spoil it. Just watch it and I’ll have a few words below. No, don’t cry wolf. The low…

So Much For Stealth

Try as I might to use stealth in recording wildlife there is always some smart-alecky critter that defeats my efforts.  Being concealed to the point that the animals are unaware of your presence would seem to be a very good approach for video. Not being present at all when the video is recorded would then…