June 2, 2023 Some snaps of the planters in the backyard
heron vs bullhead
May 25, 2023 I photographed this Great Blue Heron after he caught a Brown Bullhead at Beaver Island State Park. These bullheads can inject a toxic poison through spikes on their fins but the Heron’s quick digestive system can apparently counter the poison.
osprey with catch
May 25, 2023 Beaver Island State Park
spring winding down
May 27, 2023 The lagoon was eerily quiet this morning as it was a week ago. The Black-crowned Night Herons have moved on. The number of combined Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons has gone from about fifteen to two. The Mergansers are gone. The good new is the Osprey pair is on the nest…
too much fish
May 25, 2023 I watched this Great Blue Heron try to swallow this Small-mouth Bass a couple of times with no luck. These birds have been known to actually choke to death trying to swallow prey that is too large. I don’t know if he was ever successful as I backed off feeling I was…
spring time at the lagoon
May 1, 2023 I was on the water by 6:30 AM yesterday morning at Beaver island State Park. The number of different species this time of year is astounding. Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Red-tailed Hawks, Osprey, Mallards, even an agitated Beaver. Most of these birds are just…
door dash for a common tern
April 28, 2023 This guy was working hard to impress his mate. I watched from the kayak as he dropped off his catch and went right back to work for another.
the “safety” shot
April 27, 2023 You never know how tolerant a specific subject will be to your presence. Every animal has it’s own personality. When I spotted this Great Egret from my kayak at Beaver Island State Park I was on the other side of the lagoon. So as I approached I took a few shots from…
first kayak outing of the season
April 25, 2023 A little on the chilly side this morning, about 37 degrees at 6:45 AM, but I’ve been anxious to see if the Osprey have returned to their nesting site. Thankfully they have, but being content to either sit in nearby trees or on the nest doesn’t make for good photos so I…
the feathers tell the tale
April 10, 2023 I had just packed up and started heading for the car after a morning of photographing Peregrine Falcons in San Pedro, CA. It seemed that the action was over for the day. On the walk back along the cliffside I peeked over the edge of a clearing and saw this female in…
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