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Green-backed heron

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A green-backed heron hunts patiently in the mangroves on Big Pine Key

Back to the Florida Keys again with this shot. This green-backed heron was quitely perched near an observation platform at the Blue Hole Nature Area on Big Pine Key. I almost didn’t see him!

On the wing

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Ruddy turnstones and sanderlings on the wing at Bahia Honda beach

There were quite a few ruddy turnstones and sanderlings gathering together and poking about in the washed up seagrass along the shore at Bahia Honda beach. When people approached, they would take off, swing out briefly over the waves and return to their foraging after the people passed.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 102mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/3200″ exposure.

Dive right in

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A brown pelican dives for prey off of Bahia Honda beach in the Florida Keys.

We watched this brown pelican for quite a while as it hunted off the shore of Bahia Honda Beach in the Florida Keys. This shot is nanoseconds before splashing in.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/5000″ exposure (it was bright out!)

 

American Kestrel

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An American Kestrel on the hunt

I finally managed to get a good shot of an American Kestrel! This guy was hunting in the fields along Shaker Mountain Road yesterday at midday as the snow fell. Usaully these small raptors will fly away before I’ve even gotten my camera out, but this one was more patient with me, allowing me to snap off several shots before flying off.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/1000″ exposure.

Baldy Pair

 

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Dark clouds behind and a spot of sunshine illuminate this mature pair of bald eagles near their nest in Ferrisburg, Vermont.

Bald eagles have made a dramatic recovery in Vermont over the past two decades. Here’s a discussion from the Audubon Vermont website:

“…15 Standard Survey Routes (SSR) were covered for the 2015 winter survey.  A record fifty-one Bald Eagles (30 adult 20 immature, and 1 unknown age) were observed by designated observers on Vermont’s SSRs in 2015. This number is well above the record of 30 eagles reported in 2010.  Bald Eagles were located on  of the 14 SSRs surveyed including three routes along Lake Champlain, two along the Connecticut River, on the upper Winooski River, and on Lake Bomoseen. 2015 was the first year that an eagle was seen on the upper Winooski River route. The area between the Champlain Bridge and Shelburne Point on Lake Champlain supported the largest concentration of Bald Eagles (16 adults, 11 immatures) in the state. The overall numbers are well above totals of full surveys in recent years.”

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/320″ exposure.

Bluebirds are back!

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A pair of bluebirds inspect one of the boxes in our front field

The bluebirds are back! I was enjoying today’s warmth working in my “front office” (on the front porch) when I heard the distinctive burble of a bluebird. Grabbing my camera and long lens, I didn’t have to wait long before this pair came around to inspect one of the boxes we have in our front field. Hopefully they’ll stick around for the season!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/400″ exposure.

The first to arrive…

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A group of robins makes an appearance. Harbingers of things to come…

I was standing at the back door overlooking Fargo Brook when I heard the unmistakeable call of robins. Grabbing my camera and long lens, I headed outside and found them over by the winterberry bush munching on a few remaining berries. They took to the willow over the pond as I approached and were nice enough to pose for a few shots.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/500″ exposure.

L’écureuil souriant

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The smiling red squirrel

This little red squirrel was quite busy in the hemlock tree right in front of the Studio steps. She’s been spending a good part of each recent day munching away on the fresh green cones that are prolific this year.

This little lady looks like she might be either gestating or nursing. Red squirrels are unique in that the females go through two breeding seasons. They breed from March until May, and then again from July until September. Their gestation period lasts for forty days, at which point they give birth to a litter which contains anywhere from three to six baby squirrels. You can read more about red squirrels here.

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Barred Owl and Chickadee

A plucky chickadee keeps an eye on a barred owl by our pond
A plucky chickadee keeps an eye on a barred owl by our pond

I posted this on my Weather Blog this morning, but figured I post it here too. As I walked up our walkway yesterday afternoon coming back from a ski, I caught the movement of a larger critter flying out of the hemlock by the feeder. Sure enough, it was this barred owl lurking about looking for a meal. It flew up into the top of one of our now-broken willow trees by the pond. Note the chickadee in the branch just below the owl. Chickadees like to know where the predators are, and will stay close and even harass them as a warning to other birds. Just another reason I love chickadees so much! The owl was nice enough to wait for me as I went inside and grabbed my camera.

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/1250″ exposure

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