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Jeff Lampe
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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April 19: Picture of the Day

April 19, 2010 at 09:51 PM

You will see more pictures of this little rascal. Hopefully, better ones, too.

This greater yellowlegs and I have been eyeballing each other for the past week. Some days he gets pretty fired up when I stop by. This morning, he was really upset with me. Tonight, not so upset.

But he’s always there, stalking around a shallow pond near home.

In the past few week I’ve taken more pictures of this little bird than I have of my own family in the past four months. None of the pictures are particularly good, since the bird tends to stay as far away as possible. But to fill today’s spot I picked a shot from this morning, even though it was dark. He can be a mouthy little fella and this captures that.

Also in the same wet puddle on a regular basis is a lesser yellowlegs, which is not nearly as impressive a bird.

Click here to read more about my little buddy.




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