Blog: Words and images

Brown Thrasher

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

I’m often asked what is my favorite bird to photograph and I admit when asked that it’s a difficult question to answer. The answer would vary by day and by season.

But if someone would ask what is my favorite bird to listen to, there’s one answer: the Brown Thrasher.

For those who have never heard a Brown Thrasher (or didn’t realize they had listened to one), the best description I can give is that a Brown Thrasher sounds like a more talented mockingbird. …

Tree Swallows: Nature’s aerialists

When it comes to widlife photography, there’s one thing I look forward to every spring — besides warmer weather and longer periods of daylight, of course. It's the return of Tree Swallows to the fields of Central Ohio. Tree Swallows are the subject of my featured gallery for March.

It’s a treat to watch Tree Swallows in flight. The birds are the ultimate aerialists as they conduct acrobatic flights to pursue and catch flying insects. They dip, dive, dart, turn, twist, climb and hover, often in rapid succession. …