The Rustic Report

February 02, 2023
Dark Sky Sanctuary

I had the chance to spend a few days winter camping along Cross River, an access point into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness, while pursuing some wildlife photo opportunities....

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What I won’t do for a “stinkin” picture!

A good friend of mine, whom I had recently reconnected with, called and made me aware that the US Fish & Wildlife Service had made a blind available for watching/photographing...

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How to Attract Orioles

  Oriole are stunning birds, much anticipated by bird lovers. Even though males are brighter, female orioles are gorgeous fliers as well. “How do you attract orioles to a suburban...

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Great Horned Owl goes “BATTY”

In April of 2021 I located a Great Horned Owl, aka Tiger Owl, nesting in an abandon open mine. A couple of owlets had already hatched and were quite small....

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Where Do Cardinals Nest?

Cardinal nest with eggs and baby birds Female cardinals lay three to four whitish-gray eggs with brown speckles in a nest of twigs and grasses hidden in a dense tree or shrub. For...

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Photographing Golden Eagles in Bald Eagle Country

Here is a little background on my mission to photograph a Golden Eagle in Bald Eagle country...close to home.  Bald Eagle Country for the purpose of this discussion is The Driftless...

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Sharp-shinned Hawk (?)

This morning I noticed a "Blue Jay" sized hawk harassing the birds at my feeder. Tomorrow morning I'll set-up in my blind and see if I can get some images...

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The Rustic Report

Tom Hansen here, I’m the guy pushing the shutter button for Cooper Hansen Nature Photography. The “Cooper” name is my mother’s maiden name and I wanted to incorporate it into...

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