Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Mew Gull

This is a Mew Gull. It is very common around Ketchikan. When I arrived, I was pretty sure I had a life bird, but it was difficult to tell. These little gulls are rather active flyers, not like the lazy Herring Gulls around Gloucester.

On my last day in AK, I did find a couple that were hanging out and I was able to get some shots. The last two are younger Mew Gulls.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Varied Thrush

This has to be my all-time favorite thrush. I have only seen one in Oregon, many years ago. I was hoping to see one up in Ketchikan. Well, when it rains, it pours (especially in Ketchikan). I was happy to not only see one, but several. Although the species is rather timid, I was able to get some good images.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Misty Fjords National Monument

These images were taken on the 21st of April, 2018 when we took a charter boat into Misty Fjords National Monument. Living up to its name, it was misty and cool back in the fjords with a very light rain and some broken clouds. Nevertheless, it was stunning. I picked up two life birds back in the windy passages; Marbled Murrelet and Crackling Goose. We also saw Humpback whales, Harbor Seals, Harlequin Ducks, Common Mergansers, Bald Eagles and Glaucous-Winged Gulls.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Everything is so GREEN!

I took a drive through Vermont this weekend just to get out and about. Everything is so green! This is a waterwheel that is found a long the Mettawee River in Dorset, Vermont.

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©2018 Steve Borichevsky

Friday, May 25, 2018

First 2018 Dragon and Butterfly from Massachusetts

Today I have my first 2018 dragonfly and butterfly from Massachusetts. The dragon is a Mantled Baskettail and the butterfly is a Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Great-crested Flycatchers!

Now this is a bird that I have been gunning for for decades. Yes, I have shot this bird before, but not like this! Finally, pictures worth posting! Great-crested Flycatchers like to hang out near swamps and they are generally not found down low. I found a pair that was relative down low and moderately cooperative.

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©2018 Steve Borichevsky

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

It’s all Black-and-White

Did you see my post last Sunday? Here is a bird that I have a few bad pictures of. I am so happy I have this one. I was walking by a cedar tree that was very dense and from the walking path, I saw a female Black-and-white Warbler coming down the trunk like a nuthatch. It hopped on a branch and I just opened fire! I zero time to think. It turns out that I was shooting ISO 250 and I had a shutter speed of 1/40th of a second. I am so-o-o-o-o-o lucky that I got this shot. The other five shots hit the cutting room floor.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Common Yellowthroat

I resisted naming this post “Return of the Bandit” as I have done in the past. It is always a joy to have the Common Yellowthroats back in town.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

It is that time of year again.

This is the time of year when the leaves fill out in the hardwood canopies of the north eastern forests. It is also when the really cool warblers come through. This adds to the frustration of the time of year. Yes, when friends ask if I play golf, I always reply, “I’m a wildlife photographer. I have enough frustration in my life, thank you.”

All kidding aside, the other problem is that the warblers can be heard way up in the canopy and since they are songs I only hear during a brief period, they compete for attention in my mind with that ever present voice; “What the hell is that call, I should know what that is?”

Yah. Warbler season. Lots of fun, stiff necks and fuzzy back lit pictures. No time for golf.

This is one of my favorite warblers, the Northern Parula. I learned the call again, I must have heard about 10 today, I saw two. I got pictures of two!. Maybe I will take up golf.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Glaucous-winged Gulls, Alaska

Cruising up Misty Fjord, back behind some bend in between the walls I saw a couple of interesting gulls. They were kind enough to give me all their field marks so that I could get a good ID back in the dark room.

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