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Dave Tackett Photography, Sterling Illinois
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Smokey Mountain National Park






American Mink






Stormy Skies


Recent nature photos:

2016 Photos

September 2016 photos Mink, Osprey, scenic
Hawks
American Mink I spent 4 days taking photos of a mink family on the mississippi river. They were catching giant crawdads and one rock bass. I saw an eagle swoop down by them, not sure what that was about but the mink saw it coming and were flashing red mouths and big teeth. The mom was feeding the young and herself. She would leave crawdads along the bank for the kits to find later. I saw her teaching the kits how to find food on their own. They didn't mind me at all, watching from my boat. The mom prefered a keep back a little further but even she got used to me and seem to follow me around when I started to leave. I likely made it safer for them with all the eagles that like to hang around that area where they have a nest. I did take some video but it's pretty shakey. I couldn't move around too much to set up a tripod without spooking them and there was boat waves at times anyway. This was last week and ever since then the river has been high, muddy and it's been windy. The last time I went over I didn't see any around. There is a lot of photos. I toosed aside a lot of good photos and still ended up with too many so I will have to keep working on cutting this collection back.
American Mink video
Smokey Mountain National Park Clingmans dome
July 2016 Birds eagles, eagle chicks, mississippi river, rock river, egret, heron, kingfisher, cedar waxwing, warbler, hummingbird, mississippi river, sandhill cranes
Flowers July 2016 Flowers, butterflies, swallowtail, sterling IL
Scenery July 2016 mississippi river, rock river, nature photos
July Skies 2016 mississippi river sunrises, storm photos
All Photos June 2016 eagles, eagles nest, eagle chicks, mississippi river, rock river, wildlife, nature photos
River bird Photos June 2016 eagles, eagles nest, eagle chicks, mississippi river birds, rock river birds, heron, egret, waterfowl, sandhill cranes
Songbird Photos June 2016 song bird photos, boston oriole, orchard oriole, kingfisher, hummingbird, warblers, american redstart, cuckoo birds, woodpeckers, and many more
Scenic Photos June 2016 Scenic mississippi river photos, rock river photos, eagle point park lodge, storms, sunrises
Wildlife Photos June 2016 wildlife photos, whitetailed deer, wild turkeys, ground hog
Rock River May 2016 eagles, eagles nest, eagle chicks, park, egrets, green heron, song birds, beaver, oppold marina
Mississippi River May 2016 eagles, eagles nest, eagle chicks, eagle point park, egrets, heron, kingfisher, hawk, walleye, catfish, kildeer, sandhill cranes, storms, sunrise. (500 px)
May 2016 - Mississippi & Rock River eagles, eagles nest, eagle chicks, eagle point park, woodies, egrets, heropn, green heron, kingfisher, hawk, rock river, mississippi river, walleye. (Adobe LR Gallery)
April 2016 eagles, eagles nest, eagle chicks, eagle point park, woodies, egrets, heropn, green heron, kingfisher, hawk, rock river, mississippi river, waleye, bass
March 2016 - Mississippi River and rock river photos. New Adobe Lightroom gallery. I am now using adone creative cloud that comes with lightroom and PS, so there should be an improvement in my photo editing. Photos taken with 2 canon 7d cameras, one with a canon 100-400L and the other camera armed with a 17-55mm canon lens. Photos always taken in manual modes, RAW format
February 2016 Walleye, cardinals, eagles, house finch, red bellied woodpecker, muskrat, rock river, song sparrow, redtailed hawk, beaver
Jan 2016 - song birds, night sky, Mississippi River, Eagles, rock river, belview


Sept 2015 - Mississippi & Rock River Mississippi River photos, rock river photos, egret, moon, heron, mississippi river
August Mississippi River Mississippi River photos, eagles, egret, windmill, heron, goldfinch, woodpeckers, song birds, walleye, river boat
August Mississippi River Mississippi River photos, eagles, egret, windmill, heron, goldfinch, woodpeckers, song birds, walleye, river boat
My yard Songbirds, flowers
Vacation /2015 Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, Clingman's dome in Smokey mountain natinal park Tennesse North Carolina border, Rarity mountain in Tennesse, Kentucky River and Rock Castle River in Kentucky
Mississippi River 7/14/2015 egret, killdeer, sandhill cranes, kingbird flycatcher, sparrow, butterfly photos Mississippi River 7/15/2015 mississippi river photos, sunrise, river boat, paddle boats, walleye, pelican, river bird photos
Mississippi River 7/22/2015 mississippi river photos, sunrise, eagle point park, pelican, river bird photos
Mississippi River 7/23/2015 mississippi river photos, sunrise, barge, egret eating bass,, pelican, river bird photos
Mississippi River 7/27/2015 mississippi river photos, sunrise,egret eating bass, pelican, river bird photos, house wren
Mississippi River 7/10/2015 egret, pelican, eagles, kildeer, bass boat, sunrise
Mississippi River 7/5/2015 grand kids fishing
Mississippi River 7/3/2015 sunrise, cormoprant, pelican, goldfinch
Mississippi River 7/2/2015 bass boats, turkey chicks, turkeys, carnes, song birds
Rock river 6/27/2015 house sprrow, oriole, flicker, beaver, wood ducks, waxwings, hummingbird, pelican
Mississippi River 6/25/2015 Turkey, Oriole, vulture eating walleye, cormorant eating catfish, pool 14, Albany IL
June 23, 2015 - Mississippi river eagle, geese, thrashers, lark sparrow, goldfinch, oriole, egret eating bass photo
June 22, 2015 - Tornado weather for Sterling IL thunderstorms and tornado weather in sterling IL, super cell photos
June 20 &21, 2015 - Mississippi river green heron, sparrow, crane, bass boats, white tailed deer, tom turkey, lark sparrow, sandhill crane chicks, goose chicks, butterfly on thistle photos
June 16, 2015 - Mississippi river sandhill cranes, sandhill crane chicks, river barge, goldfinch, wildflower, cactus, killdeer, eagle point park, eagle, barge locking through sideways photos
June 11, 2015 - Mississippi river stormy skies mississippi river, storm, tom turkey, goldfinch, river boat, wild flowers, sandhill crane, brown thrashe, photos
June 10, 2015 - Rock river deer, racoon cubs, egle chicks, ground hog, hummingbird spider webs, softshell turtle, wood duck, photos
June 9, 2015 - Rock river Baltimore oriole chicks, oriole nest, eagle photos, softshelled turtle, ground hog, bluebird, heron, carp, wood duck chicks, whitetailed deer fawn, ave G bridge, lower dam, sunrise
June 8, 2015 - Rock river photos Baltimore oriole, oriole nest, eagle photos, softshelled turtle, ground hog, bluebird, heron, flycatcher
June 6, 2015 - Rockfor air show photos F22 raptor photos, herier photos, rock river route 2, castle rock park; (my grand daughter took some of the photos)
June 3, 2015 - Mississippi river photos Bass, walleye, dike by eagle point park, dam 13, pool 13, pool 14, tree swallows, meadow lark
June 2, 2015 - Kingfisher, Eagle Photos Anoter good shot of Kingfisher, Eagle and Oriole photos. Also RH Woodpecker, cormorant and flycatcher in flight, softshelled turtle, found an Oriole nest, more photos of that coming
2015 - Kingfisher Photos I've been trying for years to get a decent Kingfisher photo and finally I have done it. This is a growing collection, so I will be relisting it when I add more.
5/28/15 - Rock River drift trip Photos rock river photos, eagle with turtle, eagle chicks, eagle nest, catfish, moon, lower dam, fisherman, pelicans, snapping turtle, cardinal, woodpecker, waxwing, whitetailed deer, spotted sandpiper, female kingfisher, heron, kingbirds, rock river
5/27/15 - Rock River drift trip Photos rock river photos, kingbird, oriole, warbler, kingfisher, black bird attacking eagle, eagle with bluegill, cottonwoods
5/23/15 - Rock River drift trip Photos Rock River drift trip, wildlife; kingfisher, kingbird, oriole
5/22/15 - Mississippi River pool 13 & 14 Photos Walleye, Whitetailed deer, mississippi river, egret, heron chicks, terns, sandhill cranes, teal, hot air balloon
5/21/15 - Rock River drift trip Photos Rock River drift trip, wildlife; kingfisher, kingfisher nest, redtailed hawk, catbird, redwinged black birds fighting, flicker, oriole, eagle chicks, crow stealing egg
5/18/15 - Rock River drift trip Photos Rock River drift trip, wildlife; eagle's nest, kingbird, redwinged black birds fighting, oriole, red wingblackbird riding an eagle, bird on bird, eagle chicks, wood ducks, whitetailed deer buck
5/7/15 - Rock River drift trip Photos rock river photos, eagle with turtle, eagle chicks, eagle nest
5/1/15 - Rock River drift trip Photos eagle pair, eagle with turtle, rock river Eagles, geese with chicks, americn mink, flicker nest
April 2015
Rock River April 2015 Bald eagle on nest, Great Horned Owl, song birds, waterfowl, Racoon, Pelican, Hawks etc.
Rock River drift 2015 Moon eclipse, King Fisher, song birds, Turkeys, Great Horned Owl, Eagle Nest, waterfowl
Mississippi River April 2015 Pelicans, Cormorants, Dam 13, Eagles, Ducks, Egret on nest, egret mating, Heron on nest, bass boat, barge, Crane, song birds, Musk Rat, Bat in flight, spring lake, dam 13
Mississippi River Birds April 2015 Heron on nest, cormorants, pelicans, swans, pool 13
Mississippi River Bass Bass jumping and fighting, all released
Rochelle Tornado - We were in it! 4/9/15 heading south on I39, caught in the tornado

March 2015
Rock River Eagles March 2015 p1 Eagles from Rock Falls in foggy frosty mornings
Rock River Eagles March 2015 p2 Eagles from Rock Falls in foggy frosty mornings, scenic dam
February 2015
February 2015 - Snow storm - International Harvester building, Lawrance Park
February 2015 - After the Snow storm - Lower Dam, Lawrance Park, Rock River, Eagles, Cardinals, Nuthatcher, Downy, Yellow Bellied Woodpecker, Flicker, White capped Sparrow, Goldfinch, House Finch, Crow
February 2015 - Eagle in my yard - Eagle feeding in my yard
February 7, 2015 - Eagle in my yard - Rock River Eagles scenic foggy day
January 2015
January 2015 - Eagles, Hawks, Pheasant, Song Birds, country side, lower dam, moon; Cardinals, Rough Legged Hawk, Coopers Hawk, Sapsucker, Woodpeckers, Gold Finch, House Finch, Geese, International Harvester building, Lawrance Park


I have always enjoyed taking photos while out fishing and decided to try to learn more about photography when I bought a camera with a big lens. Then I soon realized that if I was going to learn how to use all the manual settings I might as well buy a good dslr cameras so began my quest for new gear. Several cameras and lens I ended up with two canon 50d's. I also went through many lens and settled on a 17-55mm canon for landscape and portraits, which cost about $1000. I also found my big lens could take good landscape and birds so I went with a sigma 120-400.

I offer prints in my ZAZZLE and Cafepress stores and I do have my own professional printer that can print up to 13x19", and I have a heat press for making T-shirts. I do offer custom digital art on my main website and i have many years experience in photoshop editing.

I have done other jobs, like take photos for bridge contruction on the 1st ave bridge, and I am available for any odd job like that. I also have boats so I could take photos from the water if anyone needed that. Please give me a call if you think you have something I may be able to help you with. Also, my son now has photo booth rental.

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I spend a lot of time fishing the Mississippi River and the Rock River and you may find me taking photos of Eagles at the lower dam in Rock Falls.


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Dave Tackett has been making art and cartoons since 2000. He has made many logos for businesses and he has made numerous custom cartoon T-shirts. His photography is great for cards and prints, and all his art can be found in canvas prints and many other products offered by Zazzle. If you would like a name added to any picture just send me an email.
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