05/16/18 Red Fox Kits

Posted: June 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

Well, we’re back up in Maine and looking forward to exploring Acadia National Park till the end of October. On the first day here, my next door neighbors, who are avid bike riders, mentioned to me they had seen a fox kit along a carriage road during their bike ride in the park. The next morning I headed out at sunrise. To my surprise, one kit was actually sitting on a rock waiting for me when I arrived at the location. The den was down below with several entrances. Mom had left a kill across the road and I sat and watched two of the kits going back and forth to eat. One kit was very curious about me and made a detour on one trip to come over and smell my shoes. It was quite the experience to see these little ones up close. A hiker told me there were three, the other one was probably sleeping in the den after a full meal.

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This is a busy time of year for the local ospreys and bald eagles. Here are some photos of a few at the Jersey Shore. The eagles have only one eaglet this year. The ospreys are working on their nests.

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Great Egret

 

04/14/18 Belted Kingfisher

Posted: May 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

This Belted Kingfisher tormented me for months (lol), flying up and down the estuary out back, always fleeting and almost impossible to photograph. I decided to set up my camera near this perch with a long range remote. Sitting on my deck about 200 feet away, I waited. After 90 minutes … look who showed up. He actually stayed in place long enough for me to get over 100 shots. This will probably never happen again.

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Well, it has been some incredible irruption this year. Snowy Owls have again chosen the Jersey Shore as their prime real estate this past winter. I have had a wonderful time, along side many friends, photographing these beauties. My first photo was taken on November 24th and the last on March 30th. I was lucky to see at least one Snowy on thirty separate occasions.  Many days walking several miles in the sand on some pretty cold, windy, days, but it was always worth it. There were also many days that the Snowy was tucked away and impossible to find. My favorite day was on November 29th when I stumbled upon a capture and release by a Project Snowstorm crew. To look into those huge yellow eyes from only a few feet away is very exciting. That Snowy was named “Island Beach” and is on his way home to the Arctic. He was last located working his way north into Canada according to his transmitter. Safe travels to all the Snowy Owls who gave us such a gift this past winter.

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“Island Beach”

 

03/09/18 Wood Ducks

Posted: March 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

I usually make at least one trip out to Philadelphia to photograph Wood Ducks with my friend and talented photographer Harry Collins.  Normally very shy, these “Philly” wood ducks are quite friendly and will swim close enough to allow for some decent photos. Their feathers explode with green and blue iridescent colors, especially in breeding season. I was shooting in the stream with waders on.  Forgetting my sleeves were not waterproof, I spent most of the day pretty wet and cold, fortunately the weather was mild. If you think you might like to photograph these wood ducks, click on Harry’s name above, he runs workshops to this location.

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The Female

02/09/18 Cedar Waxwings

Posted: March 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

I’ve been waiting for the Cedar Waxwings to make their annual appearance at Island Beach State Park in NJ. While out looking for Snowy Owls, I ran into hundreds of them. They all were feasting on the berry bushes as usual. Lots of Robins were mixed in with the crowd. These beauties always make me happy.

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01/10/18 Screech Owl

Posted: March 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Just a few shots of a Screech Owl that has taken up residence smack in the middle of a residential neighborhood. This day it was just sitting there sleeping most of the time, but for a brief few seconds, it opened it’s eyes to check out some of the school kids that were passing by. I have been lucky to see three different screech owls over the last few months.

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Hooded Mergansers

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Cooper’s Hawk