Missouri Birds

Images by Photographer Bill Duncan

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.