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I would like to dedicate my Blog to my best friend and fellow photographer, Jerry Fritsch.  We lost Jerry January 10, 2017

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June 2017

Summer Tanager was taken in Ault Park,  Thrush at Kanawha State forest in WV.  Both Herons at Oxbow in IN.  Butterflies at Eastfork State Park.

All with Nikon D7200 birds Sigma 150-600 sport.  Butterflies with Sigma 180 macro.

Summer Tanager

Louisiana waterthrush

Black-crowned night heron

Green Heron

Zebra swallowtail

Juniper Hairstreak

May 2017

Took a trip to Lake Erie Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve.   Photo of Thrush, Magnolia and Red head were taken there.    Solitary and Least Sandpipers were from Armleder park Cincinnati.

All photos with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport

Solitary Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Swainson's Thrush

Magnolia Warbler

red headed woodpecker

April 2017

Wilson snipe and palm warbler were from Armleder Park.  Yellow-throated warbler was taken at Shawnee State park near Portsmouth Ohio.   Turkey and Prothonotary were taken at East Fork State Park.   All photos with a Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport.

Wilson's Snipe

Palm Warbler

Yellow-throated warbler


Prothonotary warbler

March 2017

Had a quick snow one Sunday morning and got out early to French Park to get a few winter shots.    Spring has sprung and found a pool with toads mating at Armleder Park.   Baby owls taken at Lake Isabella Park

Images taken with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport lens.

Brown Creeper

Great Horned Owl Chicks



February 18-19, 2017

Saturday I took a few photo club members out to East Fork State Park to photograph Salamanders and Frogs.   We got lucky and found a Spotted Salamander and Spring Peeper frogs for them to shoot.   This was a first for all of them photographing Salamanders and Spring Peepers mating. 

The Killdeer and Spring Peepers were shot at East Fork and the Coopers hawk and downy were taken at Armleder Park Sunday afternoon.   The spring peepers photo and video  were shot with a Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport with a 1.4 sigma TC on a tripod.   The other photos were with the Sigma 150-600 on a monopod.

Downy Woodpecker

Immature Coopers Hawk

Immature Coopers Hawk

Spring Peeper Frog



Spring Peeper Frog

February 11-12,  2017

Went to Armleder Park Saturday Morning looking to see if I could find the beavers.  Was able to get a few shot of one when he swam around to check me out.   It was warm Saturday and we had a good rain during the night so I headed to East Fork to see if I could find Wood Frogs and Salamanders.   Found both at one of my favorite vernal ponds.  

All photos shot with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport except the Spotted Salamanders was with Sigma 180 macro.



Spotted Salamander

Spotted Salamander

Wood Frog

Wood Frogs

February 5,  2017

I had a chance to stop at Magee Marsh for a short time after a work service call.   I was lucky to get to see and Photograph for the first time a Northern saw-whet owl.  All Photos of birds taken with Nikon d7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport lens on monopod.   Lighthouse sigma 17-70 hand held.

Northern saw-whet owl

Northern saw-whet owl




January,  2017

Well the year didn't start out well, I lost my best friend Jerry Fritsch,  Jerry passed away January 10th.   I along with may others will miss him dearly.   He loved photography and was always willing to help newer photographers get started.

It is difficult getting back out into the field shooting without him, but I know he would  want me to keep going out and always trying to improve to get the next great shot.  So here are some images from this month.

The Wood Duck is a photo taken from the last outing when we were out together at the Cincinnati Zoo January 1, 2017.

Wood Duck

Red-belled woodpecker

Carolina Wren

Least Sandpiper



Immature Bald Eagle

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