01/09/2020 Favorites from 2019

Posted: January 9, 2020 in Uncategorized

Just some favorite images from 2019.

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I had such a great time following several pairs of nesting loons this year. Loons have a special place in my heart. I love to follow the same pairs from year to year. The Mt Desert Island loons had a great year with 8 chicks making it to fledge. Common Loon and chick 08/02/19.101 1279z D4S_7056a1TLx71100

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This was a gift. Eagles never let you get too close, but this one did. As I paddled back from the loon chicks, I passed this beautiful Bald Eagle. It didn’t seem to mind my presence. Acadia Park, Maine 07/01/19.102 1231 D4S_7488a1mT21100

I had the pleasure to travel with good friends up to Alberta, Canada twice this year, We were lucky to see several Great Gray Owls. This was from the second trip in October. Great Gray Owl 10/22/19.103 1319 DSC_3967a1SLx1100

Northern Flickers, Bar Harbor, Maine 06/28/19.3zZ 1221 D4S_6114a1mLT700

This was also from the second trip to Alberta, Canada. It is so cool to see one of these incredible animals. We were lucky to see many. It was below zero on a few days, but well worth the pain lol. Moose … Jasper, Canada 10/27/19.104 1341 DSC_6517a1c2SL1100

 

 

12/20/19 Acadia Loons Calendar

Posted: December 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

New Acadia Loons Calendar for 2020. All proceeds go to The Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary in Mt Desert, Maine. All photos by me and captions by Billy Helprin (Director of the Sanctuary). If interested, the link is below.

Click HERE for more information. Thanks and Happy Holidays to all.

10/22/19 Canada Trip Part 2

Posted: December 14, 2019 in Uncategorized

After only a few days back from Maine, I was off to Canada. I accompanied several talented photography friends;  Harry Collins, Mike Toscano, Mike Cassella, Jason Gambone, and JJ Bowen. The group landed in Calgary and worked our way through Alberta up to Jasper. Alberta is absolutely beautiful. Driving through the Rockies was spectacular, every turn looks like a postcard. The area is a paradise for photographers, especially for wildlife. I have to thank my friends for their awesome research in planning this trip. Overall, the weather was mild, except for the two days when the temperature reached -7 degrees Fahrenheit. This trip was amazing; moose, great gray owls, bighorn sheep, coyotes, elk, eagles, and gorgeous scenery.  I split the photos into two parts. Here is part 2 …

Note: If anyone is interested, Harry is running a workshop in this same area in October 2020. Click on his name for info.

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10/22/19 Canada Trip Part 1

Posted: November 28, 2019 in Uncategorized

After only a few days back from Maine, I was off to Canada. I accompanied several talented photography friends;  Harry Collins, Mike Toscano, Mike Cassella, Jason Gambone, and JJ Bowen. The group landed in Calgary and worked our way through Alberta up to Jasper. Alberta is absolutely beautiful. Driving through the Rockies was spectacular, every turn looks like a postcard. The area is a paradise for photographers, especially for wildlife. I have to thank my friends for their awesome research in planning this trip. Overall, the weather was mild, except for the two days when the temperature reached -7 degrees Fahrenheit. This trip was amazing; moose, great gray owls, bighorn sheep, coyotes, elk, eagles, and gorgeous scenery.  I split the photos into two parts. Here is part 1 …

Note: If anyone is interested, Harry is running a workshop in this same area in October 2020. Click on his name for info.

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11/01/19 Bald Eagle Encounter

Posted: November 24, 2019 in Uncategorized

I just wanted to post a few shots of this encounter with a Bald Eagle. I paddled alongside after a morning with the loons. It didn’t seem to mind my presence. This is the closest I have been to an eagle; what an impressive raptor.

If you have been following me for a while, you know I have a special place in my heart for Common Loons. So far, it has been a great season for the nesting loons on Mount Desert Island in Maine. Last year, three made it to fledge, which is about the average over the last ten years. This year eleven eggs hatched and eight chicks are still going strong. The first chicks were hatched on June 14th and the youngest hatched on August 2nd. Normally it takes about twelve weeks for the chicks to fledge and be on their own. The first chick has fledged and hopefully, the rest will follow. I have been out in my kayak following four pairs for the last few months. I have so many photos I want to share, so I’ll break it down into two posts.

Here is “Part 2” of my loon photos.

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09/20/19 Common Loons “Part 1”

Posted: September 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

If you have been following me for a whle, you know I have a special place in my heart for Common Loons. So far, it has been a great season for the nesting loons on Mount Desert Island in Maine. Last year, three made it to fledge, which is about the average over the last ten years. This year eleven eggs hatched and eight chicks are still going strong. The first chicks were hatched on June 14th and the youngest hatched on August 2nd. Normally it takes about twelve weeks for the chicks to fledge and be on their own. The first chick has fledged and hopefully the rest will follow. I have been out in my kayak following four pairs for the last few months. I have so many photos I want to share, so I’ll break it down into two posts. Here is “Part 1” of my loon photos.

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06/05/19 Eagles and Ospreys

Posted: July 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

Each year during late May and June the alewives (river herring) make their annual run through parts of Maine to their spawning areas. This occurance draws the local eagles and ospreys to their favorite fishing locations along the way. The alewives run creates a wonderful opportunity for wildlife photographers. This may be my favorite time of the year and I spend day after day with friends at a local spot photographing the eagles and ospreys diving in the pond and streams.

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05/31/19 Barred Owlets

Posted: June 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

As soon as I arrived in Bar Harbor I set out to look for the Barred Owl pair that I have been following for the last several years. Luckily, they used the same nest as previous years, the hollow of a dead tree. On my first few visits I only saw one owlet peeking out for short periods of time. I heard there were two, but wasn’t sure if I was seeing the same one or two different owlets. On my third visit, I was able to see both owlets poking their heads out of the hole. A few days latter, the second owlet branched and was very active. I watched as it tried to jump from one branch to another. It did not quite make it, but instead floated to a solf crash landing in a pile of leaves. The little one flapped it’s wings and cleaned off the leaves then hopped up the side of the mountain where I assume the adult was waiting. The owlets will probaly not make their way back down for a few weeks until they are bigger and stronger.

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01/09/19 Canada Trip

Posted: March 31, 2019 in Uncategorized

It’s been some time since my last post, so I’m skipping ahead a few months. I had the opportunity to accompany my good friend and wildlife photographer, Harry Collins, on a trip to Canada to scout out his future workshop. We landed in Seattle and worked our way up through British Columbia to Alberta and the Calgary area. We flew six hours, drove another eleven hours, and walked about 40 miles during the week. Needless to say, we had a blast. I finally got the chance to photograph a Great Gray Owl; we encountered several up in Alberta. We also made contact with hundreds of Bald Eagles, Snowy Owls, Moose, Short-eared Owls, Otters, Ducks, Harriers, and Coyotes. Thanks to Harry for some awesome research, I will remember the beauty of the Canadian Rockies forever. Click Harry’s name above to check out his future workshops.

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