Archive for August, 2017

07/19/17 Common Loon Nest

Posted: August 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

This pair of Common Loons have touched my heart. I have followed them since July 1st. They abandoned their original nest after two weeks, probably the result of the resident mink. About two weeks later, the pair returned and proceeded to build a second nest in the same area. The hatching period is 26-28 days. On day 25, while the sitting loon was off the nest for a short period, the mink climbed into the nest. I was there to witness this as it happened. Eventually the mink was chased off. A week later, the mink was able to steal one of the eggs. The remaining egg proved not to be viable, probably due to all the trauma. The loons, who share time on the nest, continued to sit on the single egg an additional 10 days. At that point they both abandoned the nest. Hopefully they will return and nest here again next spring.

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First Nest

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Second Nest

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Two Eggs

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Mink in Nest

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Finally gave up.

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On the single egg.

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Surrounded by flowers.

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One of my vantage points, this is a public swimming beach.

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Mergansers seek safety on land from the attacking loon.

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Abandoned Nest

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07/18/17 Water Lilies

Posted: August 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

During July, the water lilies start popping up everywhere in Acadia National Park. I don’t photograph many flowers, but these are too beautiful to pass up. Most of these images were taken at Little Long Pond in the park.

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07/11/17 Dogs of Acadia

Posted: August 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

I recently started a Facebook page called “Dogs of Acadia“. Since I run into the coolest dogs when I’m hiking, I decided to photograph some of them. If you love dogs click on the link above and like the “Dogs of Acadia” page. Here is the lineup so far.

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Molly

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Shadow, Jersey, Mowgli

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Maggie

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Jenny

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Dudley

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Mac and Peat

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Kebo and Chester

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Ellie

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Jeter

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Daisy

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Nuggy

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Annabelle

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Penny, Bluto, Bufort

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Ava Swan

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Onoko

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Bear

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Maggie

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Lily

07/10/17 Barred Owlets

Posted: August 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

I’ve been lucky to be able to follow these Barred Owlets in Acadia this season. They are about 10-12 weeks old at this time. These photos are from a few separate encounters. The one night was pretty crazy. The adults were bringing back mice to the owlets, they decided to drop to the ground to eat them. I was only a few feet away and concerned mommy would not appreciate that. As I moved away, one of the owlets continued to follow me down the path. I swear it though I would feed it. There was so much action going on, I didn’t know what to photograph first. A short time later, the darkness made it impossible to shoot anymore. It was quite the experience. ¬†Since then, I haven’t been able to locate them.

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People watching directly above the path.

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The one that followed me.

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There is a mouse under those wings.

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