Dad brings home the bacon.....errr.... crawfish.........loon survey....8/17/17

Dad brings home the bacon.....errr.... crawfish.........loon survey....8/17/17

  I watched this great blue heron for almost 4 hours today in the pouring rain (thus the grainy image). I estimate he caught and ate almost 20 small fish!  When I left he was still going and I was soaking wet !  8/15/17

I watched this great blue heron for almost 4 hours today in the pouring rain (thus the grainy image). I estimate he caught and ate almost 20 small fish!  When I left he was still going and I was soaking wet !  8/15/17

  Two juvenile green herons were chasing each other around the swamp this morning.  I love to watch these birds fish.  7/13/17

Two juvenile green herons were chasing each other around the swamp this morning.  I love to watch these birds fish.  7/13/17

  As i was setting up my camera in the early morning light I made a setting in the camera, looked back into the viewfinder and WOW,  This handsome fluffy raccoon was setting there. Quite the surprise !  8/11/17

As i was setting up my camera in the early morning light I made a setting in the camera, looked back into the viewfinder and WOW,  This handsome fluffy raccoon was setting there. Quite the surprise !  8/11/17

  Every now and then a northern river otter appears as if by magic to check me out  8/10/19

Every now and then a northern river otter appears as if by magic to check me out  8/10/19

  We had almost 2" of rain over the weekend this equals dam repair !   8/7/17

We had almost 2" of rain over the weekend this equals dam repair !   8/7/17

  I spotted these 3 fawns all loafing in the sum this morning in a backyard in Athol.  They were acting just like tame deer until a dog came down the road !  8/6/17

I spotted these 3 fawns all loafing in the sum this morning in a backyard in Athol.  They were acting just like tame deer until a dog came down the road !  8/6/17

  This morning I played another game of "hide and seek" with an adult otter and one of its young ones.  The covered lots of ground in the pond.  Finally they came in view long enough for a couple of shots. You can see the young one peeking up over the adults back. 8/2/17

This morning I played another game of "hide and seek" with an adult otter and one of its young ones.  The covered lots of ground in the pond.  Finally they came in view long enough for a couple of shots. You can see the young one peeking up over the adults back. 8/2/17

  On the weekly loon survey yesterday we had a boat breakdown in this loons territory.  While we were looking at the motor trying to figure out the problem my favorite Quabbin loon we call Whitey came floating by with his 2, 2 day old chicks on his back and then floated off again...... it was a pleasant surprise !  8/2/17

On the weekly loon survey yesterday we had a boat breakdown in this loons territory.  While we were looking at the motor trying to figure out the problem my favorite Quabbin loon we call Whitey came floating by with his 2, 2 day old chicks on his back and then floated off again...... it was a pleasant surprise !  8/2/17

  A few years ago in this same pond I was taking a picture of a heron and an otter popped up. Today in this same pond I had my sights on another great blue heron along the back shore of the pond and a pair of white-tailed does popped out of the woods ! The heron kept right on preening... 7/29/17

A few years ago in this same pond I was taking a picture of a heron and an otter popped up. Today in this same pond I had my sights on another great blue heron along the back shore of the pond and a pair of white-tailed does popped out of the woods ! The heron kept right on preening... 7/29/17

  Beavers get real secretive in the summer and loaf around the pond. This one popped up right in front of me yesterday and ate his breakfast of pond lilies ......  7/26/17

Beavers get real secretive in the summer and loaf around the pond. This one popped up right in front of me yesterday and ate his breakfast of pond lilies ......  7/26/17

  This male bluebird just finished raising one nest of chicks with his mate last week.  Now he's busy looking for another place to nest but it's to late in the season.  Maybe he's practicing for next year.  7/27/17

This male bluebird just finished raising one nest of chicks with his mate last week.  Now he's busy looking for another place to nest but it's to late in the season.  Maybe he's practicing for next year.  7/27/17

  This great blue heron was doing a happy dance today in his pond......  what a laugh it was !!  7/26/17

This great blue heron was doing a happy dance today in his pond......  what a laugh it was !!  7/26/17

  (Now kids, this is how we jump off a log)  I found this family of otters this morning exploring the beaver pond they were learning to fish in.  Northern river otters always crack me up watching them and kits are even funnier !  7/23/27

(Now kids, this is how we jump off a log)  I found this family of otters this morning exploring the beaver pond they were learning to fish in.  Northern river otters always crack me up watching them and kits are even funnier !  7/23/27

  These same 2 bucks keep showing up every morning at the same time in the same place.  I love watching them...... 7/23/17

These same 2 bucks keep showing up every morning at the same time in the same place.  I love watching them...... 7/23/17

  I love this stuff !! Unfortunately the third chick in this nest died 2 weeks ago, but thats nature. Look at the faces on the chicks when they spot dear old dad flying in with breakfast. You have to laugh at them....  7/22/17

I love this stuff !! Unfortunately the third chick in this nest died 2 weeks ago, but thats nature. Look at the faces on the chicks when they spot dear old dad flying in with breakfast. You have to laugh at them....  7/22/17

  You never know what will pop up at a Quabbin beaver pond.  This otter stuck his head up in front of me with a crayfish in his mouth.  7/17/17

You never know what will pop up at a Quabbin beaver pond.  This otter stuck his head up in front of me with a crayfish in his mouth.  7/17/17

  "Will you quit  munchin  ?? !!, there's someone over there watching us, get ready to beat it!"  7/17/17

"Will you quit munchin ?? !!, there's someone over there watching us, get ready to beat it!"  7/17/17

  A hungry bobcat came creeping along the edge of an old beaver dam as I was watching it for any critter that may be around. It took me by surprise to say the least !   What a beautiful animal  7/16/17

A hungry bobcat came creeping along the edge of an old beaver dam as I was watching it for any critter that may be around. It took me by surprise to say the least !   What a beautiful animal  7/16/17

  The bobcat stuck its head back out of the bushes to try to figure out who was watching it?.....

The bobcat stuck its head back out of the bushes to try to figure out who was watching it?.....

  Yesterday was weekly loon survey day at Quabbin.  The loons are starting to gather up. These are birds that failed this season nesting or never started. We saw 9 birds in one flock.  7/14/15

Yesterday was weekly loon survey day at Quabbin.  The loons are starting to gather up. These are birds that failed this season nesting or never started. We saw 9 birds in one flock.  7/14/15

  While sitting by a pond waiting for a moose to show, this hummer came to this pond iris right in front of me. It was just getting light out, thus the grainy picture. 7/5/17

While sitting by a pond waiting for a moose to show, this hummer came to this pond iris right in front of me. It was just getting light out, thus the grainy picture. 7/5/17

  These 2 bluebirds are in this house in a local cemetery.  I discovered them a few days ago and have had a great time watching and photographing them feeding chicks in the box.  7/2/17

These 2 bluebirds are in this house in a local cemetery.  I discovered them a few days ago and have had a great time watching and photographing them feeding chicks in the box.  7/2/17

  A family of 2 adult loons with their 4 day old babies start the 2017 summer off with great weather. Lets hope they make it through the summer until they can fly in the fall.  6/28/17

A family of 2 adult loons with their 4 day old babies start the 2017 summer off with great weather. Lets hope they make it through the summer until they can fly in the fall.  6/28/17

  I was watching this green heron when all of a sudden he turned around fast and leaped off his branch and disappeared.  7/26/17

I was watching this green heron when all of a sudden he turned around fast and leaped off his branch and disappeared.  7/26/17

 " Yikes!! There's holes in my wing !"

"Yikes!! There's holes in my wing !"

  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

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

  First loon survey since I got back from Cape Breton and this one was waving hello to me !   I never get sick of these birds....  6/21/17

First loon survey since I got back from Cape Breton and this one was waving hello to me !   I never get sick of these birds....  6/21/17

  A green heron preens in the early morning sunlight in a small beaver pond in the Quabbin.  These herons are so dainty with their beaks when it comes to their feathers. 6/21/17

A green heron preens in the early morning sunlight in a small beaver pond in the Quabbin.  These herons are so dainty with their beaks when it comes to their feathers. 6/21/17

  Yum Yum,  acorns !   This baby chipmunk has it figured out already !  6/20/17

Yum Yum,  acorns !   This baby chipmunk has it figured out already !  6/20/17

  I forgot this with all thats going on in my life right now. This eagle flew over Lee and I in the loon survey boat on Quabbin on Thursday morning. Fish for breakfast !!  6/3/17

I forgot this with all thats going on in my life right now. This eagle flew over Lee and I in the loon survey boat on Quabbin on Thursday morning. Fish for breakfast !!  6/3/17

  A summit meeting !  These 3 gray fox kits belong to the female gray fox on the next page here.  They are about 3 months old and ready to take on the world. 6/2/17

A summit meeting !  These 3 gray fox kits belong to the female gray fox on the next page here.  They are about 3 months old and ready to take on the world. 6/2/17

  I spent a couple hours with a female gray fox and her 3 kits this afternoon.... A rare find and a beautiful family I was able to photograph.  6/1/16

I spent a couple hours with a female gray fox and her 3 kits this afternoon.... A rare find and a beautiful family I was able to photograph.  6/1/16

  The weekly common loon surveys started today at Quabbin,  We found a group of 8 loons and this loon popped up with his lunch, a crawfish, right in front of us.  5/17/17

The weekly common loon surveys started today at Quabbin,  We found a group of 8 loons and this loon popped up with his lunch, a crawfish, right in front of us.  5/17/17

  Quabbin Valley moon over New Salem.  4/11/17

Quabbin Valley moon over New Salem.  4/11/17

  Dad brings home the bacon.....errr.... crawfish.........loon survey....8/17/17
  I watched this great blue heron for almost 4 hours today in the pouring rain (thus the grainy image). I estimate he caught and ate almost 20 small fish!  When I left he was still going and I was soaking wet !  8/15/17
  Two juvenile green herons were chasing each other around the swamp this morning.  I love to watch these birds fish.  7/13/17
  As i was setting up my camera in the early morning light I made a setting in the camera, looked back into the viewfinder and WOW,  This handsome fluffy raccoon was setting there. Quite the surprise !  8/11/17
  Every now and then a northern river otter appears as if by magic to check me out  8/10/19
  We had almost 2" of rain over the weekend this equals dam repair !   8/7/17
  I spotted these 3 fawns all loafing in the sum this morning in a backyard in Athol.  They were acting just like tame deer until a dog came down the road !  8/6/17
  This morning I played another game of "hide and seek" with an adult otter and one of its young ones.  The covered lots of ground in the pond.  Finally they came in view long enough for a couple of shots. You can see the young one peeking up over the adults back. 8/2/17
  On the weekly loon survey yesterday we had a boat breakdown in this loons territory.  While we were looking at the motor trying to figure out the problem my favorite Quabbin loon we call Whitey came floating by with his 2, 2 day old chicks on his back and then floated off again...... it was a pleasant surprise !  8/2/17
  A few years ago in this same pond I was taking a picture of a heron and an otter popped up. Today in this same pond I had my sights on another great blue heron along the back shore of the pond and a pair of white-tailed does popped out of the woods ! The heron kept right on preening... 7/29/17
  Beavers get real secretive in the summer and loaf around the pond. This one popped up right in front of me yesterday and ate his breakfast of pond lilies ......  7/26/17
  This male bluebird just finished raising one nest of chicks with his mate last week.  Now he's busy looking for another place to nest but it's to late in the season.  Maybe he's practicing for next year.  7/27/17
  This great blue heron was doing a happy dance today in his pond......  what a laugh it was !!  7/26/17
  (Now kids, this is how we jump off a log)  I found this family of otters this morning exploring the beaver pond they were learning to fish in.  Northern river otters always crack me up watching them and kits are even funnier !  7/23/27
  These same 2 bucks keep showing up every morning at the same time in the same place.  I love watching them...... 7/23/17
  I love this stuff !! Unfortunately the third chick in this nest died 2 weeks ago, but thats nature. Look at the faces on the chicks when they spot dear old dad flying in with breakfast. You have to laugh at them....  7/22/17
  You never know what will pop up at a Quabbin beaver pond.  This otter stuck his head up in front of me with a crayfish in his mouth.  7/17/17
  "Will you quit  munchin  ?? !!, there's someone over there watching us, get ready to beat it!"  7/17/17
  A hungry bobcat came creeping along the edge of an old beaver dam as I was watching it for any critter that may be around. It took me by surprise to say the least !   What a beautiful animal  7/16/17
  The bobcat stuck its head back out of the bushes to try to figure out who was watching it?.....
  Yesterday was weekly loon survey day at Quabbin.  The loons are starting to gather up. These are birds that failed this season nesting or never started. We saw 9 birds in one flock.  7/14/15
  While sitting by a pond waiting for a moose to show, this hummer came to this pond iris right in front of me. It was just getting light out, thus the grainy picture. 7/5/17
  These 2 bluebirds are in this house in a local cemetery.  I discovered them a few days ago and have had a great time watching and photographing them feeding chicks in the box.  7/2/17
  A family of 2 adult loons with their 4 day old babies start the 2017 summer off with great weather. Lets hope they make it through the summer until they can fly in the fall.  6/28/17
  I was watching this green heron when all of a sudden he turned around fast and leaped off his branch and disappeared.  7/26/17
 " Yikes!! There's holes in my wing !"
  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
  First loon survey since I got back from Cape Breton and this one was waving hello to me !   I never get sick of these birds....  6/21/17
  A green heron preens in the early morning sunlight in a small beaver pond in the Quabbin.  These herons are so dainty with their beaks when it comes to their feathers. 6/21/17
  Yum Yum,  acorns !   This baby chipmunk has it figured out already !  6/20/17
  I forgot this with all thats going on in my life right now. This eagle flew over Lee and I in the loon survey boat on Quabbin on Thursday morning. Fish for breakfast !!  6/3/17
  A summit meeting !  These 3 gray fox kits belong to the female gray fox on the next page here.  They are about 3 months old and ready to take on the world. 6/2/17
  I spent a couple hours with a female gray fox and her 3 kits this afternoon.... A rare find and a beautiful family I was able to photograph.  6/1/16
  The weekly common loon surveys started today at Quabbin,  We found a group of 8 loons and this loon popped up with his lunch, a crawfish, right in front of us.  5/17/17
  Quabbin Valley moon over New Salem.  4/11/17

Dad brings home the bacon.....errr.... crawfish.........loon survey....8/17/17

I watched this great blue heron for almost 4 hours today in the pouring rain (thus the grainy image). I estimate he caught and ate almost 20 small fish!  When I left he was still going and I was soaking wet !  8/15/17

Two juvenile green herons were chasing each other around the swamp this morning.  I love to watch these birds fish.  7/13/17

As i was setting up my camera in the early morning light I made a setting in the camera, looked back into the viewfinder and WOW,  This handsome fluffy raccoon was setting there. Quite the surprise !  8/11/17

Every now and then a northern river otter appears as if by magic to check me out  8/10/19

We had almost 2" of rain over the weekend this equals dam repair !   8/7/17

I spotted these 3 fawns all loafing in the sum this morning in a backyard in Athol.  They were acting just like tame deer until a dog came down the road !  8/6/17

This morning I played another game of "hide and seek" with an adult otter and one of its young ones.  The covered lots of ground in the pond.  Finally they came in view long enough for a couple of shots. You can see the young one peeking up over the adults back. 8/2/17

On the weekly loon survey yesterday we had a boat breakdown in this loons territory.  While we were looking at the motor trying to figure out the problem my favorite Quabbin loon we call Whitey came floating by with his 2, 2 day old chicks on his back and then floated off again...... it was a pleasant surprise !  8/2/17

A few years ago in this same pond I was taking a picture of a heron and an otter popped up. Today in this same pond I had my sights on another great blue heron along the back shore of the pond and a pair of white-tailed does popped out of the woods ! The heron kept right on preening... 7/29/17

Beavers get real secretive in the summer and loaf around the pond. This one popped up right in front of me yesterday and ate his breakfast of pond lilies ......  7/26/17

This male bluebird just finished raising one nest of chicks with his mate last week.  Now he's busy looking for another place to nest but it's to late in the season.  Maybe he's practicing for next year.  7/27/17

This great blue heron was doing a happy dance today in his pond......  what a laugh it was !!  7/26/17

(Now kids, this is how we jump off a log)  I found this family of otters this morning exploring the beaver pond they were learning to fish in.  Northern river otters always crack me up watching them and kits are even funnier !  7/23/27

These same 2 bucks keep showing up every morning at the same time in the same place.  I love watching them...... 7/23/17

I love this stuff !! Unfortunately the third chick in this nest died 2 weeks ago, but thats nature. Look at the faces on the chicks when they spot dear old dad flying in with breakfast. You have to laugh at them....  7/22/17

You never know what will pop up at a Quabbin beaver pond.  This otter stuck his head up in front of me with a crayfish in his mouth.  7/17/17

"Will you quit munchin ?? !!, there's someone over there watching us, get ready to beat it!"  7/17/17

A hungry bobcat came creeping along the edge of an old beaver dam as I was watching it for any critter that may be around. It took me by surprise to say the least !   What a beautiful animal  7/16/17

The bobcat stuck its head back out of the bushes to try to figure out who was watching it?.....

Yesterday was weekly loon survey day at Quabbin.  The loons are starting to gather up. These are birds that failed this season nesting or never started. We saw 9 birds in one flock.  7/14/15

While sitting by a pond waiting for a moose to show, this hummer came to this pond iris right in front of me. It was just getting light out, thus the grainy picture. 7/5/17

These 2 bluebirds are in this house in a local cemetery.  I discovered them a few days ago and have had a great time watching and photographing them feeding chicks in the box.  7/2/17

A family of 2 adult loons with their 4 day old babies start the 2017 summer off with great weather. Lets hope they make it through the summer until they can fly in the fall.  6/28/17

I was watching this green heron when all of a sudden he turned around fast and leaped off his branch and disappeared.  7/26/17

"Yikes!! There's holes in my wing !"

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

First loon survey since I got back from Cape Breton and this one was waving hello to me !   I never get sick of these birds....  6/21/17

A green heron preens in the early morning sunlight in a small beaver pond in the Quabbin.  These herons are so dainty with their beaks when it comes to their feathers. 6/21/17

Yum Yum,  acorns !   This baby chipmunk has it figured out already !  6/20/17

I forgot this with all thats going on in my life right now. This eagle flew over Lee and I in the loon survey boat on Quabbin on Thursday morning. Fish for breakfast !!  6/3/17

A summit meeting !  These 3 gray fox kits belong to the female gray fox on the next page here.  They are about 3 months old and ready to take on the world. 6/2/17

I spent a couple hours with a female gray fox and her 3 kits this afternoon.... A rare find and a beautiful family I was able to photograph.  6/1/16

The weekly common loon surveys started today at Quabbin,  We found a group of 8 loons and this loon popped up with his lunch, a crawfish, right in front of us.  5/17/17

Quabbin Valley moon over New Salem.  4/11/17

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