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Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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June 7: Picture of the Day

June 07, 2010 at 05:25 PM

Somehow the thought of taking another tornado picture didn’t seem appealing today. Somehow birds seemed much more appealing as a subject.

Appealing, but not cooperative.

The indigo bunting stayed too far away. The trio of goldfinches kept flitting away down the road, just as I got ready to click. And the oriole emerged, then disappeared as quickly.

Bird photography on the fly is not easy.

Thank goodness for chaps like this one, who stayed perch a few feet away for nearly 10 seconds.

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