Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Winterberry Bush

If I were to recommend one bush for your yard, it would probably be a Winterberry.  Not only are they pest free but all the "berry" birds just love them! A couple of weeks ago, late morning, I just happened to look outside in my backyard and was happy to see one of the bluebirds at the Winterberry bush.  It wasn't long after that when a couple of more joined it and then came the Cedar Waxwings! If you have ever witnessed hungry birds, you will understand that by the end of the day there weren't many berries left and it wasn't even Winter yet!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Snow Geese of Vermont

 For a few years now I have been trying to find the time to go see the Snow Geese up in
Vermont, so when my Sister-in-law called me and told me they were at Dead Creek WMA, I had to go.
What an amazing weekend it ended up being! Not only did we spend time watching these beauties but we also got to watch Short-eared Owls hunting after sunset nearby. 
So I have finally got around to processing my images from that weekend of Nov. 19th. Shooting almost 300 images, narrowing them down to just a few was not an easy task.   I hope you all enjoy these selected photos and I also hope you can get to see the Snow Geese yourself someday!

Every now and then you see some bickering going on.
Try and pick your favorite, I bet you can't.
Not seen in this photo but a very large tractor was working the fields right near the geese.
They say the aerial count this day was 6000!
I believe this little one in the front is a Ross's Goose
Driving Champlain Valley was absolutely breathtaking!
In a nearby pond we were surprised to see these Painted turtles.  5" of snow the following day!

Ahh...those wings have flown a very long distance!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Golden Hour

A couple of weeks ago on a early Sunday morning I decided to go out to a local dam to do some late fall birding/photography.  I didn't expect to see much but perhaps some late migrating warblers or hawks. This area is one of the best places for fall hawk watching and I expected to see the regular bird group up there counting but they were not there.  Too bad, because they are a very nice welcoming group that I have enjoyed talking with on several occasions.
When starting to head into the woods, I heard bells ringing and then a whistle.  It took me a few minutes to realize what I was hearing was hunting dogs and the whistle of the hunter.  Well, I guess my plans will have to change especially since there was no neon orange anywhere on my body! I thought it was strange that they allowed hunting there but indeed it was allowed according to the State Trooper I spoke with a bit later. 
While starting to walk back to my car, along side one of the stone walls, I notice the dew hanging onto all the spider webs in the grasses and low foliage. The more I looked, the more I saw that they were everywhere and the sun was showing them off so beautifully! I did see and said good morning to the hunters than continued focusing on the magical world in front of me.  Please enjoy.

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Downies with a sweet....beak

 I have had such fun over the last month watching two young Downy woodpeckers drinking out of the hummingbird feeder.  When I first saw it, I thought it was funny but never did I think they would become regular visitors!

A nice resting place before hopping up to the feeder. This is the female.

If you look closely, you see the tiny new red feathers on this males head.

Hummingbirds would just fly around until the woodpecker was ready to leave. 

 They certainly are going to miss their sweet fix when the feeder comes down!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Those Incredible Loons

I think out of all the birds I observe and photograph, the loon is not only the most striking but the family bond is so beautiful to watch. Last year was the first year a photographer friend of mine told me about this pair at a local reservior. I was very thankful that she shared this with me since I myself tend to keep locations of special subject like these, private. 
This years hatching, June 25th, was earlier than last years, July 11th. always interesting info to keep notes on. I visited them on two different occations and both those days were wonderful for photographing since the water was beautifully smooth. Although many photos were taking, here are just a few.  I hope the best for these little ones!

Stretching out those little wings
Very funny watching the adult lifting it's wing up and down so the babies could get underneath
The one that was able to get a free ride would end up taking a snooze
One of the adults was gone out of sight in the deep part of the reservoir for about 40 minutes than after calling back and forth he flew in. Oh how I love that call!
Climbing up for a ride

Monday, August 8, 2016

Close and Personal

As I write this, it is already 10:06 a.m. too late for taking photos in the garden as well as birding. It's funny because there was a time when the time of day didn't really matter to go out photographing. As any photographer knows it is all about the light.  
I have not posted on my blog for a very long time, Hummm... heard that before,  reasons... there are many but mostly just because I shoot a lot and during the spring into summer there is so much to capture and little time to process and write about. So, I will start to do my best to share some of my special times from the last few months. I will start off with some micro shots mainly done in my garden. I am new to this type of photography but am enjoying it quite a bit. I recently had been asked to do a macro presentation with a photo friend of mine so it really got me thinking about subject, depth of field, backgrounds, etc... believe me, it was not easy putting into writing how and why I approach a subject, I just do.  Thank you and please sign up (follow by email square on the right) so my future postings go right to your email!




Anemone seeds

Morning dew