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.
With the hot 90+ degree week coming up I hope these 3 great blue heron chicks fledge the nest in the next day or 2. It will get mighty hot setting in the sun all day long.
A female hooded merganser drifted by me yesterday with her 10 chicks. She stopped right in front of me so I couldn’t move with scaring them. I was able to nab a couple images.
I watched these herons build and take care of three chicks this spring starting when they arrived back in late March. Here they are working on the nest.
An adult great blue heron drops in with breakfast for the three chicks that are all hunkered down in the nest, (6/18/18)
Of the three herons left in the nest as of last Monday, only one was left yesterday (6/22/18). The other two have fledged already. here is feeding time late in the day on the 22nd.
This juvenile bald eagle carried this 2 foot long stick around the Aspy Bay this morning for 15 minutes. He finally disappeared with it !
Sunrise, South Harbor, Cape Breton NS Canada 6/11/18
I caught this snowshoe hare in miid air as he hopped away from me.
This spruce grouse was setting by the side of a hiking trail in the boreal forest here on Cape Breton last week. The are very approachable birds.
This bald eagle snagged this fish right in front of me as I was in a boat on the St Ann’s Bay on Cape Breton yesterday…..6/7/18
A bull moose checks me out as he watches the family you will see in the next slide. 6/8/18
A female moose with her two kids in tow this morning in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Cape Breton, NS…..Canada 6/8/18
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,
As I was sitting in the woods this morning along a beaver pond, something caught my eye. I looked up and 2 great blue herons were gliding in for breakfast.
"HEEYYYY !! who's up there screwing with the TV antenna??. will you knock it off?
I don’t usually see northern orioles so low to the ground.
Red wing blackbirds are still making a racket in the early mornings in the local swamps. I love their song!
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 watched these 2 pileated woodpeckers rip apart this pine tree to get at ants for about 3 hours in the morning sun. 5/9/18
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