Birding Northern California – Part 1: Bird Photography Oak Foothills The Valley
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by Sparky Stensaas
6d ago
In Part 1 of Birding Northern California. Sparky heads out to San Francisco to fill in some gaps in his ABA Life List. He also hopes to get photos of birds he hasn’t seen in 20 years or more. He visits Ellis Creek Water Recycling in Petaluma, Red Bluff Recreation Area, Rayhouse Road/Road 40, Berryessa ..read more
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Spring Birding Minnesota Rice Lake NWR May 14 20204
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by Sparky Stensaas
1M ago
A day trip to northern Minnesota’s Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge yields some nice photo opportunities including Thumper the drumming Ruffed Grouse, goslings out for a walk, Golden-winged Warbler, and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher that is quite a ways north of its normal range. We also tour the Warren Nelson photo blind ..read more
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“Stained Glass” Peliicans: CREATIVE Wildlife Photography JUMPSTART
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by Sparky Stensaas
2M ago
American White Pelicans stage on the St. Louis River of Fond du Lac, Duluth MInnesota every spring from late April through mid May. Their antics are entertaining! They glide on 9-foot wingspans (second widest in North America!) over the hilly landscape and perform surprisingly graceful “waterski” landings. My favorite is their bill stretching exercises…and I ..read more
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Leaping Bears, Courting Cranes, and a Woodcock lands ON BLAKE’S HEAD! Virtually Live 46 S5E1
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by Sparky Stensaas
2M ago
Spring in Sax-Zim Bog filmed on April 25, 2024: Season FIVE of Virtually Live from Sax-Zim Bog begins with Sparky seeing what spring migrants have returned to northern Minnesota. Along McDavitt Road he finds TWO rarely seen behaviors…Mating Sandhill Cranes and two leaping Black Bears! We also see some crazy video clips of our 8-year ..read more
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RIP Snowy Owl, Evening Grosbeak research & a Woodpecker with three toes – Sax-Zim Bog Virtually Live 44 S4E9
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by Sparky Stensaas
4M ago
Lots of positive and exciting things going on in Sax-Zim Bog! Sparky spends some time with the Evening Grosbeak researchers David and Mallory as they track the birds with satellite transmitters. We also enjoy one last look at the beautiful white male Snowy Owl that graced Sax-Zim with its presence for a few weeks before ..read more
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NEW BOOK & Birding with a WORLD RECORD Holder! Arjan Dwarshuis Duluth & Sax-Zim Bog  -World Big Year
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by Sparky Stensaas
4M ago
In 2016 Arjan Dwarshuis of the Netherlands visited Duluth & Sax-Zim Bog in Minnesota during his quest to see more birds around the world in one year than anyone else. And Sparky guides him on a wonderfully productive day in 2016 (December 15). They add 16 species to Arjan’s Big Year including Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal ..read more
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My Favorite Wildlife Encounters in 2023—Wolves, Crocs, Badgers MN, TX, FL
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by Sparky Stensaas
6M ago
Sparky shares his Top Ten most memorable experiences from bird photography trips and wildlife photography expeditions in 2023. Plus there is a bonus “Most Memorable Moment” at the conclusion ..read more
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Did I do okay? Sparky’s TOP 10 2023 Bird & Wildlife photos
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by Sparky Stensaas
6M ago
Sparky’s TOP 10 2023 Bird & Wildlife photos; Bird photography, wildlife photography, Texas, Minnesota, Florida, North Dakota ..read more
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My 13-yr old son Bjorn ASKED to photograph birds with his Dad!
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by Sparky Stensaas
7M ago
Bjorn surprised me when he said he wanted to go do some wildlife photograpy with me. You bet! So we went out to photograph ducks in Duluth in December (How’s that for alliteration?!). We went to a local cemetery where there are always a bunch of Mallards (and one Black Duck). He did great ..read more
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ELIMINATING Wild Horses in Teddy Roosevelt? Your comments needed!
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by Sparky Stensaas
8M ago
Public comments are being accepted until November 24, 2023 on the possibility of Wild (Feral) Horses being eliminated or severely reduced in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Go to WildLandsWildHorses.com for details Comments are being accepted at  parkplanning.nps.gov (search “Theodore Roosevelt”) These are the comments I made to the National Park Service: “I am from the ..read more
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