About Steve Creek
I am an Arkansas-based Wildlife Photographer. My specialty and passion for my photography is for the wildlife found throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma. I spend many hours each week in the outdoors and travel to many different areas throughout these two states.
All of my photos are unique and bring a touch of the outdoors, in. I hope that you find my work artistically inspiring; and through my photos, it is my hope that you find the same passion and admiration for the wild as I enjoy each day throughout my nature walks. There truly are not enough hours in the day to capture all the beauty that nature and wildlife has to offer.
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Wildlife Photography Tips
Category Archives: Birds
My last post was of a Mallard chasing another Mallard (Mallard Duck Chase) and after all that activity one of them had to flap its wings dry.
Ducks flap their wings like this to shake out water in the air pockets under their wings.
I am seeing a few Mallard Ducks at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I don’t make a lot of photos of them unless they are doing more than swimming around and feeding. On this day a male was chasing another male so I got to watch this for a while. They got into some knock-down, drag-outs during the chase.
Males defend their territories with vigorous acrobatic chases.
We have had a lot of snow and ice here in Arkansas the past few days and the birds have enjoyed my feeders. I was without electricity for a couple of days so I spent a lot of time watching the different birds.
Yesterday I was watching three Northern Cardinals at the feeder when they all of a sudden flew away. One of them didn’t make it very far when I saw a flash of another bird hitting the Cardinal in flight taking it to the ground. My guess is that this is a Cooper’s Hawk. (Please correct me if I am wrong.)
I have lost several Cardinals to this Hawk this year. I’m surprised that I have any left.
Yesterday I posted a photo of a Hawk with an Opossum I made with the Canon EOS-1D Mark III camera and today’s photo is of that same Hawk but it was made with my Canon Powershot SX50 HS camera. I know some of you have this camera so I like posting photos I make with it.
At first I thought that this Hawk was eating a skunk but when I got closer I could see that it was eating an Opossum. I’m not sure if this Hawk caught and killed this Opossum or if this Opossum was a road kill. I was on my way into town when I spotted it in a field a few yards from the road. I stopped and was able to make a few photos with the Canon Powershot SX50 HS that I always carry in my vehicle. When I came back from town a couple of hours later I noticed the Hawk was still eating on the Opossum so I went home and got another camera and made a few more photos.
Tomorrow I will post a few photos I made with the Canon Powershot SX50 HS.