Monday, February 29, 2016

Sun setting on Cape Neddick light

I scampered up to York, Maine Saturday afternoon just to get out and do some shooting.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ring-necked Duck

I do not have many opportunities to photograph ducks close up. This female Ring-necked duck was kind enough to spend a little time with me at my corner of the pond.

©2016 Steve Borichevsky

©2016 Steve Borichevsky

©2016 Steve Borichevsky

Friday, February 26, 2016

Forgotten Photo Friday, Costa’s Hummingbird

I shot this Costa’s Hummingbird back in 2014. I found him whilst culling old fotos. I decide to keep these two.

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

My little buddy from Palm Springs, California

There were a couple of reasons why I spent so much time working with this one male Costa’s Hummingbird. His favorite place was in a lower bush, rather than in the top of a tall snag. He would patrol and always come back to a spot where I could (relatively) sit comfortably on a rock and he faced into the sun. Most will put their backs to the sun, which makes shooting them more difficult.
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He was so comfortable having me around that I could change my position to get more favorable backgrounds without spooking him. I saw him chase off other hummingbirds and bees from his bushes. But he seemed to realize that I had no interest in stealing his flowers, so he put up with me.
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These chuparosa flowers are the source of his yellow forehead.
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Be sure to visit Wild Bird Wednesday this week.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Little Glassywing

I shot this skipper in Clearwater, Florida in January. The best that I can make of this is that it is a Little Glassywing. They are both images of the same bug on different plants.

©2015 Steve Borichevsky

©2015 Steve Borichevsky

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Little Blue Herons

I must confess, when confronted with an all white heron, my first thought was not “Little Blue Heron”. This is a juvenile Little Blue Heron that I shot in January. A few days later, I found an adult standing on a car in the hotel parking lot.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Florida lizards

They are everywhere in Florida. I was sitting in a shade garden under an oak trees spending some time with my little buddies.

©2015 Steve Borichevsky

©2015 Steve Borichevsky

©2015 Steve Borichevsky

©2015 Steve Borichevsky

Friday, February 19, 2016

Forgotten Photo Friday, Gulf Fritillaries

When I travel, I’m usually without references. I saw this bug in Clearwater, Florida and thought that it looked like a bug I shot in my in-laws back yard up in San Jose, California. It is time to do an archive dive.

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Sure enough, it is a Gulf Fritillary and yes, I did! This Gulf Fritillary was shot in July of 2009 in San Jose, California.


But it doesn’t stop there! I shot the next three on the island of Hawaii in December 2011.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

Finally, I shot this one on December 27, 2013 in Palm Springs, California.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016


I was in Palm Springs, California in early December. I made friends with this male Costa’s Hummingbird. The number of available flowers was very low and there were only a few Chuparosa bushes that had blossoms. This male had this one claimed for his own. I managed to gain his trust over a few days and was able to hang out with him on several occasions.

©2015 Steve Borichevsky

©2015 Steve Borichevsky

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

White Peackock

These are some cool bugs that I shot down in Florida. They are White Peacocks.
©2015 Steve Borichevsky
©2015 Steve Borichevsky
©2015 Steve Borichevsky

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Cloudless Sulfur

I see these Cloudless Sulfurs flitting around Florida all of the time. I’ve never had one sit still long enough for a shot before.
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Monday, February 15, 2016

Tangled up in blue

I can see why this Great Blue Heron looks so cranky.

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It has managed to get snared up in some monofilament fishing line with a lead sinker.

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It happens. Fishermen lose a line.

I have cleaned up a lot of long wadded up strands of discarded monofilament because I have seen many animals get tangled up in it.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Blue-winged Teal

I found a pair of Blue-winged Teal in a small park at the end of Park Street in downtown Clearwater, Florida. The first couple of times that I would find them, they would give me the stink eye and paddle off. On this day, they were quite at ease with me and I managed to get a couple of shots. It was a real treat to spend a little time with this couple.
©2015 Steve Borichevsky
©2015 Steve Borichevsky
When I returned from Florida a few weeks back and was traumatized to find that Live Writer’s communication to Blogger was busted. Using the Blogger interface horribly disrupted my work flow.
I found that a group of developers are writing an open source version of Live Writer. You can download it at Open Live Writer.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Northern Harrier

We have a few Northern Harries visit our area in the winter, but I've never had them right in the front yard! I caught this one munching on some sort of rodent.

Friday, February 12, 2016

It was back in February of 2103 when I took this photo. I was coming home and the sun was setting. I saw a Barred Owl in a tree and it was looking intently at the ground. The sun was going down and the light was fading fast. He eventually pounced down on the ground and caught a mouse that though it was save under the snow.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

My desert buddy

This is my buddy from Palm Springs. He is a male Costa's Hummingbird. You will see more if him in the near future.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

First Dragon of 2016!

Although it has been a very warm winter up here in Massachusetts, this is not a Massachusetts dragon. I shot this Four-spotted Pennant in Clearwater, Florida on January 1st. A great way to start the new year. Below are three shots of males and two females.

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Last Dragon of 2015

The Last Dragon of the year was shot in Clearwater, Florida and it was a pretty cool bug. Below are two images of a male Roseate Skimmer.

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