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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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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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Harbor Seals in Alaska

Have you noticed how plum this Harbor Seal is? That is because she is with pup.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


I have to chuckle; and hang out my dirty laundry. I have seen a few mink along the Ipswich River. Why, here is one I saw on May 1, 2010. When you spot a mink, you just about have enough time to get your camera up to your face and that’s about it. Mink 5-1-2010 8-49-39 AM

I actually saw this one twice that morning. I believe it was carrying a pup.

Mink 5-1-2010 9-02-53 AM

And then there was the time last year when one came bounding up to me and stopped at my feet, then shot into the weeds. That time I didn’t even get a chance to get the camera up to my face.

Yesterday was different. I heard a rustling in the weeds and this little sprite popped up. Now mind you it was raining and the light level was low. So hanging out more of my dirty laundry…I got about five shots. This was the only keeper.

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Feeling pretty good that I got a good frame or two in the can and the mink was not going to pop back up, I continued down the boardwalk.

About fifteen minutes later…look who wanted get by!

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It was actually watching the beaver with me.

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Then it bounded off to more photogenic locations at which time, it decided not to be so cooperative and I was left with black streaks in my images.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Beaver on the Ipswich

It has been a while since I have posted fresh material from Massachusetts. This morning the sky had was stained bright red, a harbinger of unfavorable weather. After enduring the rainy weather of Ketchikan, I’m rather accustomed to working in soggy weather. After all, in Ketchikan, it is easy to tell the locals from the tourists. Locals don’t use umbrellas. So, out the door I went, and I was very much rewarded.

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Another reward I granted was this picture of a beaver having a snack. This is the first time I have seen a beaver above water.

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The next three frames are a succession photos of a beaver slapping its tail on the water, which is mostly done as a alarm. The first image is the tail going up…

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…then the tail slapping down…

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immediately followed by a dive. You can see one foot below and the tail in the middle of the splash.

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