Bill Marchel

Bill Marchel, of Fort Ripley, Minnesota, is a full-time wildlife and outdoors writer and photographer. He specializes in game birds, mammals and outdoor sports, such as hunting and fishing. For more information, visit his website at

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Photo of the week

Posted by: Bill Marchel Updated: June 11, 2009 - 1:54 PM
If you are like most anglers you carry a camera while on the water.  Don't bury it deep in a duffel or in the bottom of your tackle box.  You might miss a chance at a great photo opportuninty.  While fishing I carry my camera in waterproof camera case that opens quickly by simply flicking two large latches.  I have my camera turned on, and all the automatic settings activated so in an instant I can "point and shoot."  Then if time allows I will adjust the various camera setting manually if needed for unusual lighting or other specific situations.  Be ready for that rare photo chance next time you are afloat.

Photo of the week.

Posted by: Bill Marchel Updated: May 15, 2009 - 10:55 AM

Did you know there are roughly 20 species of warblers migrating through Minnesota right now?  Some of those 20 species spend the majority of their day high in the tree tops, or hidden in heavy vegetation.  Thus they are difficult to view or photograph.  But, on cool spring mornings when insects gather near the warm ground, so do the warblers and other birds that feed on those insects.  I photographed a redstart on a 40 degree morning a few days as the colorful bird garnered its breakfast.