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Belted Kingfisher

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A belted kingfisher perches briefly above the Poultney River

I’ve been trying for years to get a good shot of a belted kingfisher. These common denizens of streams, lakes, and ponds are quite shy and will fly away chattering as you approach limiting the possibilities of getting a good shot. Yesterday, paddling out of South Bay on lower Lake Champlain and up into the Poultney River, this fellow was a bit more patient with me allowing me to get in range and snap off a few shots before flying off. Mission accomplished!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/2000″ exposure

Blue Damselfly

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A blue damselfly rests briefly on some bracken fern

This little blue damselfly was zipping about in the bracken ferns along Delfrate Road as I walked the other day. The shade of blue is quite striking to my eye!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/10, 1/250″ exposure

Dusted

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A solitary bee dusted with cinquefoil pollen

This little solitary bee was diligently gathering pollen on a rough-fruited cinquefoil blossom in our front field. I love the detail revealed at the center of the flower.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/800″ exposure.

Lurking

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A crab spider awaits its prey on a black-eyed Susan

On a walk this afternoon, I saw several black-eyed Susans with a crab spiders lurking amongst their petals. When I got in close, however, the wily spiders would duck under the petals. This spider, however, was more than happy to pose for me as I rattled off many frames.

This is the first time out for a new lens—an Olympus 60mm, f/2.8 macro. I think it’s a keeper!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/800″ exposure.

Chickadee Fledgling

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A chickadee fledgling hungrily greets its arriving parent

We visited Waterbury Center State Park the other day to enjoy some time on the water. While walking the little nature trail along the shore, I heard a ruckus of chickadees in the trees and noticed several fledglings hopping about in the branches. It was tough getting a clear shot of the action as, chickadees being chickadees, they were not staying in one place for very long. I managed to grab this shot of a fledgling as its parent arrived with food.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 1000, f.5.6, 1/1300″ exposure.

Chicory blue

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Chicory blooming along East Street

Chicory—a true flower of summer—is blooming along East Street. This unidentified butterfly was enjoying the nectar and paid very little attention to me as I snapped several photos.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 500, f/6.3, 1/1300″ exposure.

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.

Key Deer

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Key deer doe

Key Deer are unique to the Big Pine Key region in the lower Florida Keys. This subspecies of White Tailed deer is quite small—bucks weigh in at only 55-75lbs—and were hunted to near exinction by the 1950s. We went to the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key. The young buck grooming himself was none-to-shy as I snapped a bunch of shots from about 20 yards away. The closeup doe was right by the side of the road and seemed content to pose for the glamor shot.

You can read about Key Deer here.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens at various lengths, various ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.

 

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!)

 

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