All posts by Fred Shabec

I am a Sport, Wildlife, and landscape photographer.

Been a while

Hello everyone. Well it’s been a while from our last post. Has been a busy summer, and fall.

So wanted to post this shot I got of a baby Cedar Waxwing that was in our yard. When I first saw the chick I thought it was a baby Robin because I knew of a Robin nest nearby so I grabbed my camera and my chair and thought I would get some shots of the parents bringing back some food for it. I took a few pictures of the baby by it self calling for food.


After zooming into the picture I realized it was a baby Waxwing, and that was one bird I was really wanted to get pictures of this year.

Soon after the parents arrived to feed the baby moved to an area where I couldn’t get a good shot of it feeding. Instead I got a great shot of the parents perched nearby.



Great bird, though they are a very jumpy bird to really get a shot of.

Great Horned Owls and an Osprey

Had a great day by a Great Horned Owls nest. Female was with the three babies, and the male was in a near by tree resting before the night hunt to bring food for the female and the babies. Here are a few shots of them:



Female Owl with her Babies I counted three babies


Male nearby in a tree was sleeping most of the time but woke up to prune itself and check me out then went back to sleep.

Short time later I saw this Osprey flyby:


Eagles at Mississippi River Lock and Dam 14

Hello everyone! We had a chance to drive out the Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 14 to take some pictures of Eagles along the dam. The Dam in located just South of Le Claire, IA. It’s a very popular photographer spot and will get crowed with arm to arm photographers:


There is normally one person who would be there throwing fish into the water. This attracts the eagles to come down and grab the fish out of the water:

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It’s a fun place to go to watch eagles and other birds in the area. It’s not just for photographers and birders, but also for the kids-they enjoy watching them also. I had a little girl next to me miss seeing one eagle come down to catch a fish and I was able to show her a picture of what the Eagle did on the screen on back of my camera.
If you plan on going  out and watch the Eagles, make sure to dress warm. It can get very cold out there, and there can be times when nothing is going on and then the next moment you will have 6 or 7 eagles flying all around at once.

If you are a photographer plan on best light after 1PM. Bring your longest and fastest lens 400 or better. For those of you who bring out your ipads to try to get a shot, don’t!! Instead,  just sit back and enjoy the eagles. Your ipad for photography will not get you the best shots.

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I used a Canon 7d, with a Canon 100-400 L Lens. Most shots were at 1250 shutter speed at ISO 200-400.

Until next time keep looking up!!


Waukegan Airshow 2014

Just got done working with my 2014 Waukegan Airshow pictures.  Tried a new Gallery viewer that comes with the webpage I use. Click on any photo and it will enlarge it and you can click on the play button to go through a slideshow or click on the sides of the picture and it will continue to the next one.



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2014 Chicago Air and Water Show

We had a chance to cover the 2014 Chicago Air and Water show. We had a great time and got to see old and new friends including the members of the All Veteran Jump team and the Army Golden Knights. We were asked to help to shoot all the jump teams including the Navy Leap Frogs. Here are a some pictures from the show. Enjoy!!

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