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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Some shots from my last two visits to Bass Light before heading back to the Jersey Shore.

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It’s been two months since I’ve seen any of the Barred Owl family that I follow here in Acadia Park. I searched many times with no success. But on this day, I had some luck and was able to locate one of the four owlets. I watched it stalk a small red squirrel up and down several trees. The squirrel was dangerously curious and approached the owlet several times. The first photo shows the squirrel a couple of feet away from the owlet. Either the owlet was not hungry or confused because it eventually let the squirrel go on it’s way. Since this day, I have heard the owls but have not seen them again. Hopefully they will give me the pleasure of seeing them one more time before I head back to the Jersey shore at the end of October.

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