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  • Research biologist and photographer Bill Duncan is passionate about nature. An avid birder, Bill has undertaken a "Bird Species Project" to document birds he sees throughout Missouri.
  • Bill photographed this pintail duck pair on a cold morning at Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area.  If he's able to snap one or two shots that are "keepers," Bill considers it a good day's work.
  • The brilliant scarlet plumage of this summer tanager make it a favorite among bird watchers and photographers. 
  • Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, where this sedge wren picture was taken, is a great spot for photographing birds.
  • Trumpeter swans, like these at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, are the heaviest birds in North America and, on average, the largest waterfowl species on the planet.
  • Yellow warblers breed in Missouri, typically in late spring, and spend their winters as far south as Bolivia. Bill spotted this warbler at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
  • Dickcissels are a grassland species often seen at the Conservancy's Dunn Ranch Prairie.  Bill took this bird's portrait at Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area.
  • Bill has photographed this same red-shouldered hawk's nest for several seasons.  Sticking its feet out of the nest is helping the chick on the left stay cool.
  • Bill captured a shot of Missouri's state bird, the eastern blue bird, on a winter day at Shaw Nature Reserve.  Blue birds prefer to live in meadows surrounded by trees. 
  • Bill photographed this prothonotary warbler at Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area. Logging and wetland drainage in wintering grounds are harming the prothonotary warbler population.
  • This scissor-tailed flycatcher's very long tail makes it a distinctive sight for even an amateur bird watcher.  Every year, tens of billions of dollars are spent on birding in the U.S.
  • This northern shrike, which Bill photographed at Broemmelsiek Park, is a great hunter. The bird often stores its prey by impaling it on the thorns of trees.
  • Bald eagles fight over a fish in Clarksville, Missouri. Like hunting and fishing, Bill finds that shots like this take a lot of patience.
  • An indigo bunting rests at Shaw Nature Reserve, one of Bill's favorite bird-watching spots. Buntings and other migratory birds depend on Ozarks forests for breeding and nesting grounds.
Missouri Birds
Images by Photographer Bill Duncan

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