07/25/18 Belted Kingfishers

Posted: September 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

Belted Kingfishers are one of the most elusive birds to photograph. But, thanks to my friend Ed, who has graciously allowed me access to his beautiful property, it is sometimes possible. A stream runs along the edge of his property and the Kingfishers love to fish in it towards the end of summer. I have spent endless hours in the blinds that he set up. Some days I come up empty; some days I’m rewarded. But, either way, it is always a peaceful day. 101 1-D4S_6944a1mL1100

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They hear my camera shutter.

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My Porcupine Friend

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That’s me … obviously a slow day.

 

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07/10/18 Common Loons 1

Posted: September 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

Well, now we come to my favorites. I guess most of you already know that I love loons and how much I look forward to following the several pairs on Mount Desert Island and in Acadia National Park. Several pairs mated and produced chicks this spring; however, only 3 chicks survive as of this date. One pair has two and the other one.  As bad as that sounds, some years there are none that make it. These three are doing well, but there is still a long way to go until they can fledge. I have been busy photographing them from my kayak since June when the adults started sitting on their eggs. The one pair I follow nested on a man-made floating platform this year. Last year they lost their eggs to a mink days before they were due to hatch. This nest provides some added protection against predators.  OK … get ready for mucho loon pics. I will slip in others posts along the way.

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Man-made Nest Platform

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Two Eggs

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Just a few hours old, the other chick is under her wing.

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Chicks ride on the backs of the adults.

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Dad

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17 Days Old

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Mom

Sometimes cool stuff happens in nature. This owlet decided to drop down on the boards directly in front of me. It surprised the heck out of me. The owlet jumped in the grass after something, but missed. Then it jumped back up on the boards and stayed there for a short time. I had a brief conversation with it, and then had to move back in order to photograph it with my long lens. A few minutes later this little guy grabbed a mouse. I was glad to see they were hunting on their own already.

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“Any mice in that camera bag”

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Successful hunt.

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Adult preparing for the hunt.

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After two cancellations due to bad weather, I was finally able to make it out to Machias Seal Island off the coast of Maine. This year, I joined my friend, Harry Collins, for his puffin workshop. It’s a two hour car ride from Bar Harbor and an hour boat ride out to the island. The weather was great and the seas were calm. Machias is protected and only about 15 people are allowed on the island at once. Everyone is escorted to the blinds and you have about an hour to photograph the puffins. It’s always very special to see these incredible birds up close. Check out all of Harry’s workshops at this link. #savetheirhabitat

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Razorbills and a Puffin

 

06/25/18 Visiting Raccoon

Posted: August 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

This raccoon visited our backyard daily for a few weeks. At first, he was shy and would take off as soon as we opened the door. Each day, he became more tolerant. The “Rock” as we called him, provided many hours of entertainment for us and the cats. After working out the arrangements concerning the feeders, we all got along just fine (lol). The handsome boy has since moved on, but the cats still look for him everyday.

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06/21/18 Eagles & Ospreys II

Posted: July 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

Here is part two of the “Eagles & Ospreys” post.  #savetheirhabitat

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06/20/18 Eagles & Ospreys I

Posted: July 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

The alewives fish run was in full swing in June. That brings the bald eagles and ospreys to town. I spent many hours at this little pond and the adjacent inlet. Some days there was non stop action and other days it was quiet. I have so many images that I want to share, I’m breaking the post into two parts. Watching bald eagles and ospreys fish is quite amazing, two completely different styles. The bald eagle kind of glides down and grabs the fish from above. The osprey does this flop right down into the water. Both are usually successful in their efforts. Here is part one …

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