Have you noticed the abundance of squirrels this year, both alive and dead on the roads? So many were born this spring because of the great food supplies last fall the population grew. Now they are all having problems finding food.
I never saw squirrels swim until this summer. They are all on the lookout fort food before the long winter sets in.
A tundra swan comes crashing in for a landing at the Turners Falls power canal. Its been drained down for repairs so lots of waterfowl and shorebirds crammed into a small pond.
It was just getting light when this doe came out just up from where I was sitting in the woods in Petersham. You can see her fur has started to turn a different shade of brown/gray of their winter coat.
These 4 great egrets were all fishing in this small pond that was not far from the CT River.
“Ma, theres someone following us”.
This is the 5th year in a row I have seen this coyote on the same spot! I call him Patch because he has a black and white patch on his back that is a giveaway that its him.
Here is a seven foot wingspan of this great blue heron… they look large and heavy but they only weigh between 5 to 7 pounds.
Ive seen great blue herons pick up some large pout in beaver ponds but this was in the Connecticut River. I think this fish would be a carp. I was quite surprised when he came up with it.
It won’t be long before these great egrets are heading south for the winter. The show up each year from the coast between July and August, then all leave as quickly as they arrive.
A white tailed doe took a few bounces to cross the trail I was walking on……you can see why they call them “white-tailed deer.
Photobomb ! Two great blue herons having a fishing area argument!
This juvenile bald eagle was soaring over Hunts Farm on RT 202 in Orange this morning about 8 AM……. Not far from the Quabbin and Lake Rohunta. By looking at the white feathers and green beak, you can tell this eagle is only about 5 to 6 months old.
All was quiet and watching this white-tailed doe amble the shoreline.......... 20 seconds of sun through the cloud opening.... "click"......... never see this again in my lifetime.....
I spotted this white-tailed buck looking at me from across the pond early this morning. What a beautyr he will be !
Photo bombed !!
A great day at the Quabbin, although a bit windy, it kept the bugs away!
Here is a short clip of the doe and 2 fawns I posted a few images of here a few days ago…. what fun to watch they were! 7/22/18
Today, early in the fog I came upon a doe and two fawns. I was able to watch and photography them for almost an hour as the fog dissipated and the conditions got much better as they got close to me.
This fawn was playing “jumping bean” and every once in a while would jump all around. It was quite entertaining!
This bumble bee was taking his time with this flower so I tried out my new Nikon 60mm micro lens.. what do ya think?
This doe was wandering the shoreline at 5:45 in the morning….
Yellow swallowtail feeding on the milkweed outside my office window!
Wood duck chicks are getting bigger by the day. This family pulled up on a rock in front of me this morning and spent about 25 minutes preening and snoozing in the warm sun. You gotta love ducklings….
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 !
Even this immature bald eagle was sitting in the shade at the Quabbin Reservoir this morning while we did the weekly loon survey.
Its been a while since I took a sunrise image ! New Salem Lookout, 6/30/18.
Have breakfast with your brother ! This pair of beavers appeared in front of me about 30 yards on this grass hummock. They spent 20 minutes eating fresh grass. It must be a change of pace from munching bark!
It seems like there are wood duck chicks everywhere this year. This particular pond had 4 broods with at least 40 chicks between them. There’s 11 here with this mother.
A female hooded merganser drifted by me yesterday with her 10 chicks. She stopped right in front of me so I couldn’t move without scaring them. I was however able to nab a couple images.
Well, I didn't plan on directing traffic this morning. I saw 7 different snappers and I wasn't even looking for them but its always a treat to see these dinosaurs out of the water.
While searching the northern Quabbin today for turtles to photograph, I spotted this musk turtle, or stinkpot, basking on a log. After watching it for about 25 minutes this northern painted turtle joined him. Musky left a few minutes after he appeared on the end of the log...
I watched this bumble bee climb up from the bottom, and come out the top of this lady slipper.
This great blue heron enjoys a good shake to get the feathers back in line after a long preening in the early morning sun,
This young bull moose will never sneak up on anyone! I heard him slopping 10 minutes before I saw him this morning! 5/10/18
I had been waiting for an otter to pop up in front of me on this stump for almost 3 years! Finally I had this male who was fishing show up with a small horned pout he had just caught. I was ready with the camera and caught him just as he surfaced, hopped on the stump and shook the water off of his head in a split second….. 4/24/18
Can you tell I like otters ? Northern River Otter, Quabbin watershed, 4/26 /18
While setting in the woods watching the otters I was swarmed with migrating warblers. These palm warblers are usually the first warbler, along with pine warblers, that we see in the spring.
An early morning snack before retiring after a few hours of sunrise work on the dam that took some hits throughout the tough winter. 4/9/18
The first singing song sparrow i have seen this year was singing near a beaver pond..spring is here!
One of my favorite beaver ponds had a breach from all the rains within the last few weeks. The family of beavers are gone and this pond is draining slowly.
A flock of cedar waxwings have stripped about 10 thousand winter berries from our winter berry bush the last couple of days. Here's one making off a prize!..
A Quabbin octopus...... getting ready for the deep freeze.
A mated pair of bald eagles sit together on Lone Tree Island in the Quabbin Reservoir, not far from their long time nest and ponder the coming winter and impending ice over that comes with it on the water.....
Its been a while since I posted a scenic view of the Quabbin here. This is looking north this morning from the administration building from my office window I was in when I was working there at Winsor Dam in Belchertown with the morning fog almost gone. 9/17/17
North Orange Wildlife management area about an hour ago (6:45PM) this thunder storm built up right in front of us as we were watching herons...... 6/25/17
Quabbin Valley moon over New Salem. 4/11/17