After sitting on Templeton Common for 2 days in the hot sun and humidity selling prints at the Craft Fair, I couldn't wait to get back to a cool, buggy, active beaver pond. The very first this I spotted was this immature green heron going thru its paces preening...lots of fun these guys are!
Heres a quick 15 second video I made that shows how fast you have to be to get away with a fish, but sometimes you loose…. watch closely and see who get the fish..
Early morning frolics with 3 great egrets on the Connecticut River. The one in the water got the worst of it this morning!
“Who’s the lunk-head that put this here?….oh wait….I did!”
Early morning fog disappearing at the Turners Falls power canal exposed this great blue heron just preening away….. I love these birds !
This morning I couldn't find the beavers after not going in to check them over the hot 4 days. It bothered me all day so this evening I went back into the pond to see if they were around tonight.. After being there about 20 minutes I heard tail slapping and loud splashing from about 120 yards away across the pond. I moved so I could see what was going on and I saw this bobcat watching the beavers from up on a tree down in the water. It could also possibly be the bobcat on the cover of my 1st book as it was close to where I took the cover photo.
And I didn't even have any catnip with me !
I stumbled upon a bunch os garter snakes a few weeks ago. Today I found 8 of then scattered along an old stone wall. This. was the largest one sunning itself on the wall.
Its been a while since I took a railroad photo. Pan Am RR heading west thru Orange MA.
An adult kingbird lines up the kids for bugs, and blueberries…
like I said…and blueberries!
Every now and then I will find an image I overlooked. Here is ones such shot from last week. This female red-winged blackbird flew into a dead bush a ways from me and started clucking, which caught my attention. I just looked at those images this evening and found this.
I must say, I've seen lots of beavers in my lifetime but never seen one with big ears like this one... I should have hung around to see how it was going to fit in that lodge…
If you take your friend out to breakfast, take them down by the pond for leaves. It's cheaper :).
A good place to stay cool !
July 4th pal.......He just stood there and watched me go, as long as I kept going he didn't move, I was able to take 2 images when I first spotted him watching me....
I found these 2 moose in a swamp this morning while it was still quite dark. A mother and it looks like moose from last year still with her. Can you spot the beaver ?
The mountain laurel in north central Massachusetts this year is awesome!
Water Lily, I know not what kind!
Here are a few razor billed auks in an image taken last week off of the Bird Islands on the shore of Cape Breton Island. These birds are related to penguins and only come to land to nest and raise the young. Then they fly back out to sea. Sharp looking birds :)
White Point, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. 6/18/19
This beaver was eating water Lillies this morning before he hit the lodge for the day. He cleaned out one full patch in the pond You can see the stem of the one he just finished to the right.
The white-tailed bucks are just starting to grow their antlers right now. Here is a buck who was with another buck and a doe feeding along a beaver pond in the Petersham area yesterday early in the morning. Notice that he is still shedding his winter grayish fur. In a few weeks he will be a reddish brown.
One of my favorite birds. The bubbly bobolink just going crazy with song in the rising sun.
I watched this muskrat feeding in a small pond this morning. I was amazed to see how much it ate. I kept checking on it to see if it had stopped which it did after 2 hours.
I guess this rough-winged swallow wasn’t to happy to see me taking its picture!
The first sunny day we’ve had and the eastern painted turtles are out in droves (whats a drove?)…… 19, count them!
That awkward moment when you realize you took the wrong turn over New Jersey while migrating north and ended up in the wrong pond.
The ice finally left the local ponds for the most part. The first thing I saw was this otter that seen this same guy for about 5 years in the same pond. He has a light blond patch of hair on the right side. You can see him last spring at the end of this sequence of images.
I could not resist taking photographs of these two cows at one of my friends farm as they walked over for a visit…..
Yay !! This is one of only 411 right whales left in the world. I took this photo last summer. Last week a newborn calf was spotted off go the coast of Georgia …the first calf in 2 years discovered…so I say YAY !!
New Salem Lookout, summer. 2017
Quabbin Reservoir is at 100% capacity……..
A great day at the Quabbin, although a bit windy, it kept the bugs away!
This bumble bee was taking his time with this flower so I tried out my new Nikon 60mm micro lens.. what do ya think?
Yellow swallowtail feeding on the milkweed outside my office window!
This is a picture I took in Hadley, MA in winter of 1984 of a great gray owl. Little did I know I wouldn't see another one until 2016. This was a slide I scanned of the 1984 owl with the Nikon ES-2 slide digitizer…. what a great invention by Nikon !
Quabbin Valley moon over New Salem. 4/11/17
A Quabbin octopus...... getting ready for the deep freeze.