"Look !!, we are NOT on the Titanic, You're NOT Leonard
DiCaprio, Kate Winslet is NOT here and we can ALL fly. Quit yelling I'm FLYING.... I'm FLYING so we can get some sleep !!"
A rare sight any day in MA would be one tundra swan, but this week a flock of 19 are hanging out along the CT. River in Turners Falls. The swans are rarely seen in MA.
Here is a Redhead that was in the same place as the canvasback duck a few weeks ago coming up next.
I found this canvasback duck on the CT. River in Turners Falls, MA…. a pretty good find.
Eastbound Pan Am RR freight train heading over the Millers River in Erving MA taken from RT 2.
"Welllll, you know Maude, thats all he does since we went up on the grass and he sat on a piece of used chewing gum someone threw down.
I don’t usually take pictures of birds flying away but this barred owl jumped so fast I kept following it until it was around the corner of the trees. I didn’t realize what I had on the camera until I saw this on the computer.
Another barred owl hunting in a snow storm this morning right in front of me! Right place, right time! Although I had been looking for 3 hours and was just about frozen stiff !
I spotted this huge bird sitting in a tree way back in the corner of a field today. It didn’t look like a bald eagle but was huge. I put up the camera with my 500mm lens and was I surprised ! A golden eagle !!
The most common owl in New England. The barred owl.. ”who cooks for you alllll”..
Barred owl, or better known as a flying mouse trap !
This barred owl flew right by me while hunting the perimeter of a big field. Mice on the menu !
This barred owl was watching a vole for about 20 minutes before it decided to pounce….. it missed !
“I know I saw it, where is it? don’t tell me I missed ! ??
This adult red tailed hawk spent 5 minutes trying to perch on top of this corn stalk stub in a Northampton field. He finally did it !
This image was made 14 hours later then when I first visited this deer carcass on the ice late in the afternoon yesterday (next image). I waited for 3 hours in the woods watching this rib cage which was all that was left before a different coyote than was here yesterday appeared and started scrounging what was left of the doe carcass.
A lone coyote stands over a white tailed deer carcass he and his pack probably brought down on the Quabbin ice. Coyotes do not kill for fun and they only take wounded or sickly deer for food. Every speck of that deer will go to feeding eagles, bobcats, ravens, crows and coyotes. When the venison is all chewed off the bones, the coyotes will drag them into the woods to crunch on. It’s gruesome , but its nature.
All the noise of the ice cracking kept this coyote pretty nervous while feeding on the deer carcass until finally it left running.
I could not resist taking photographs of these two cows at one of my friends farm as they walked over for a visit…..
There is nothing like the first light of dawn......things like this are what gets me out of bed at 4:30 AM and makes my day.
Seven bald eagles catching some afternoon rays on a cold windy day and discussing the Philadelphia Eagles and the Super Bowl.
I was lucky enough to spend about an hour with this gray phase screech owl at sundown yesterday in southern New Hampshire. What a cool little bird. He woke up and finally as it was so dark we could hardly see him, he flew !
“Free Fish Special” at the local Take Out Fish Market.
Any day I see and eagle is a good day. I wonder if any day an eagle sees me, he feels the same way?
A trip to Salisbury State Park this morning for owls turned up empty. I did get this juvenile red-tailed hawk take off and fly right over my head.
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 !!
I haven't been into this pond in almost 2 years. Today I decided to hike in to see if my old beaver buddies were around. I was greeted by a huge '"ka--thump" before I could even see the dam and there were 2 of them ! After catching up for about 45 minutes I said good bye and left them alone..
I found these 5 harlequin ducks bobbing near the rocks in Ogunquit Maine yesterday. They winter along the New England coast and are spectacular to see. They are smaller than wood ducks.
New Salem Lookout, summer. 2017
The male cardinal has been here year round with his mate. They come out at dusk and early morning no matter what the weather is.
Quabbin Reservoir is at 100% capacity……..
I love making images of railroads and trains. Here’e an image from a few days ago taken on one of my favorite places to catch south bound Vermont trains in Brattleboro.
This female bear had 2 cubs with her when I spotted them making their way through the woods. I set up on a nearby wall and waited for them to appear…. she was a little suspicious and finally left with the cubs in tow. Notice the cub peeking out of the woods on the left if the image?
Would you say this young porcupine is having a bad hair day ?
“I’m so outta here !”
Happy Halloween ! This little kid won the “most realistic” category at the Swift River School annual costume party. After bobbing for apples, he grabbed one with his teeth and ran into the woods :)
This great horned owl was hunting a small lakes shoreline in Cape Bretons Highlands National Park and landed about 50 yards up the shore from me.
It was giving the look….. and decided I was to large to swallow whole :)
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 for food before the long winter sets in.
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 !
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...
Can you tell I like otters ? Northern River Otter, Quabbin watershed, 4/26 /18
Quabbin Valley moon over New Salem. 4/11/17
A Quabbin octopus...... getting ready for the deep freeze.