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.
This morning at Quabbin I took this image of a flock of 12 common mergansers zipping along the surface. As I looked close at the image on my computer I noticed 2 adult bald eagles in the image also. Can you see them ?
I went to the north shore this morning searching for snowy owls. I found none, but did have fun watching 3 or 4 harriers cruising the marshes. A pair of females take a rest in the sun.
A female harrier launches off after a mouse or small creature in the wetlands.
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.
Here’s a photo I took in summer of 2016. There are 4 great blue herons in the nest. An adult and 3 chicks at feeding time. Can you see the chick on the bottom upside down trying to catch some fish from mom ?
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.
Canada geese taking off from the power canal in Turners Falls. This is just a small section of about 100 geese that took of and flew higher and higher, circled the canal and headed south. I love seeing them leave but it always makes me sad they are leaving.
And there go the Canada geese………. southbound.
I spotted this hot air ballon flying along the Connecticut River this morning as I was headed north on RT 47 looking for cattle egrets !
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?
Down the hatch !
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 :)
A male spruce grouse was picking seeds along one of the many dirt roads in The Highlands National Park yesterday morning
This female moose kept looking into the woods as something was disturbing her. Finally she wandered off in that direction. I was hoping for a bull to show up !
An immature northern gannet shakes off water after a break-neck dive for a fish off the coast of Northern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, Eastern Canada
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 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.
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.
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 !
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.
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
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
Quabbin Valley moon over New Salem. 4/11/17
A Quabbin octopus...... getting ready for the deep freeze.