John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World




A curious chipmunk gets close

We came across the crew of chipmunks on the top of what we’re now calling “Chipmunk Hill” up above East Street and Delfrate Road. They were not particularly shy. Several were bold enough to come within a couple of feet of us, and both Robin and I were wondering if they might crawl up our legs in their flighty curiosity.

Given that we didn’t have much cold weather in February, I wasn’t particularly surprised to see so much chipmunk activity. They spend the cold months in a torpor state (as opposed to true hibernation) and start emerging as the temperatures warm in March to kick off their spring breeding season. The seven or eight chipmunks we saw were no doubt “busy”…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/500″ exposure.


Coyote tracks meander across the Windekind Farm meadow

This track tells the story of a coyote trotting across the meadow at Windekin Farm. Coyotes will often meander across a field sniffing and listening for prey—voles, moles, and mice hiding beneath the snow.


Evening Grosbeak

An male evening grosbeak in our front yard birch

We put our bird feeders back up the other day and the usual suspects are coming back. It took the chickadees about 10 minutes to discover the feeders. A pair of evening grosbeaks showed up yesterday. We used to get great flocks of grosbeaks in the winter maybe 15 years ago. In recent years, however, they’ve been quite scarce. I’m not sure why that is, but is was nice to see the pair yesterday. I wonder if they’ll stick around.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 286mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/500″ exposure.

L’écureuil souriant

The smiling red squirrel
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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A weasel says "hello"
A mink says “hello”

This mink was swimming in the pond this morning along with a muskrat. He wasn’t particularly shy…

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 2000, f/5.6, 1/160″ exposure.


A red squirrel stares me down...
A red squirrel stares me down…

A red squirrel stares me down in the hemlock tree outside my studio door.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 120mm, ISO 800, f/4 .5, 1/40″ exposure

White Tail Fawn

A white tail fawn in mid-munch near Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks
A white tail fawn in mid-munch near Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks

While making dinner at a friend’s house on the shores of Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks, two white tail fawns traipsed out into the field busily browsing on the lush grasses. They hung around for quite some time seemingly unperturbed by me hiding out behind a tree to snap numerous photos. I caught this one in mid-munch!

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.

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