This year’s annual run of Alewives at Damariscotta Mills was awesome, but the Osprey and Bald Eagle action at this location was not. We had a back up location, as one always should, just in case the bird watching and bird photography opportunities are not as expected. A 20 mile ride east was all it took to satisfy our obsession with the Osprey. Continue reading Georges River Osprey
As you have probably noticed, I have been away from blogging for a while. The why and what for’s I will not get into right now. Never-the-less, I am still taking photographs of Maine birds, landscapes and architecture. I started a new website called Capture Maine which basically showcases my landscape and architecture photography.
I’ve pretty much given up on Facebook. I just don’t like what it’s turning out to be and I have a lot of issues with privacy concerns. You can still find my tweets on Twitter. Another social network that I frequent a lot and really like is Google+. The interaction with other photographers from all over the world is incredible! If you have an account with G+, you can add me to your circles by going to my Google+ Page. If you do not have an account, you can still follow my posts on my Plusses blog.
Now back to birds. We had a minor snowstorm yesterday and there were quite a few birds visiting our feeders. One particular bird, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, decided to spend the winter with us. He has been around since mid November and loves suet and peanut chips. Dark-eyed Junco’s are plenty as are American Goldfinches. We also saw 4 Bald Eagles flying around the cove, two adult and two second year.
Enjoy the photos below of the Northern Cardinal and the unusual wintering Yellow-rumped Warbler.
Broad-winged Hawk – Buteo platypterus
Late Saturday afternoon, Sharon and I were driving along a decrepit logging road looking for wildlife. We saw two bull Moose on the other side of a large pond eating vegetation. I found it odd that these males were in such close proximity to each other because the annual “rut” begins in a week or two. While watching the Moose, we heard a Boreal Chickadee and several Gray Jays, but neither species were seen to our dismay. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Broad-winged Hawk
This post will probably be the final update on the three juvenile Ospreys that I been watching all summer long. To refresh your memory, back in the spring, an adult pair of Osprey moved into the platform nest in the harbor just off Fort Road, on the campus of the Southern Maine Community College. Three eggs were laid and all successfully hatched. Continue reading Juvenile Ospreys — Ready to Face The World
While most of the birds that visit our backyards only defend a breeding territory, Hummingbirds are one of the few birds that will defend a food source. Just about anywhere that a Hummingbird finds food, it will fight to defend it even along its migration route to Central America.
The long drawn-out territorial fights can sometimes lead to injury or death, either from exhaustion or from the fighting techniques used by the aggressor. These delicate little birds will sometimes attack larger birds, such as Cardinals and even Crows. Continue reading Fight of the Hummingbirds
The elegance of a hummingbird is amazing and wonderful to watch. These “flying jewels” are endlessly fascinating because of their iridescent beauty, gracefulness and unique physical qualities. I never tire from watching these gems. Occasionally, I get the opportunity to study our Ruby-throated Hummingbirds up close and personal. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Hummingbird Elegance
The Osprey pair at the Southern Maine Community College has three beautiful, healthy looking chicks. Recently, the chicks have come up from the bottom of the nest and are now peering over the edge. Yesterday, the three chicks and one of the adults busied themselves with preening. I was pleased to see first one head, then two, and finally the third head look out over the edge of the nest in my direction. Continue reading Osprey Chicks