Sunday, November 26, 2017

New Book - P A N T A N A L

Finally finished the new book featuring the best kept secret wildlife community on the planet - Brazil's Pantanal - from the Giant Anteaters to the endangered Jaguars and all the wonderful creatures in-between.  Go ahead, click on the link - I dare ya:

Monday, November 13, 2017

Cedar Waxwing and the Berry Yesterday in Valley Forge

Yesterday Valley Forge was flush with birds.  Oh my. There were flocks of robins and starlings and cedar waxwings and blue jays and flickers.  I spent the first two hours without any success. Walking through the newly seeded meadow and the thick brush of the bordering woods.  I was within feet of a beautiful pileated woodpecker, but he would not cooperate.  Finally I went back to  where I began and the cedar waxwings had finally come down from the tops of the trees and one posed with a berry in his beak.  I could come home happy with a catch.  Oh life is good!  Click to see that berry.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Southern Crested Caracara

Still going through way too many  photos of the Pantanal and just came across this Mom and Baby Caracara who posed for us while having a little lunch along the banks of the Cuiaba River.  Click for a better view because they are worth better viewing.

Portrait of the Tiger Heron

Not a Good Day for the Caiman

We watched the jaguar silently enter the water and swim along the edge.  Then we passed him in our little boat so we could get a better view, but as we turned a corner in the little stream we lost sight of him for a minute.  That's when he grabbed the caiman and probably killed him instantly by grabbing him through the back of his head.  Then he came back into view swimming with his catch back across the stream and up the bank and into the woods.  Click on him to really see the whole scene.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Could You See If I Have a Sticker in My Foot?

This pretty girl had just had a roll in the hay and afterwards was rolling in the hay, putting her feet up in the air and just as happy as she could be.  Click her to see that wonderful face and paw a little closer.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Best Friends

A Lid for Every Pot

Yesterday after a great lunch in Philadelphia with an old friend I came home just needing to get out to the fields of Valley Forge.  I was looking for the coyotes but also had my macro lens in case of a good bug.  I found the crane fly, a very interesting but difficult insect to photograph.  The crane fly looks like a huge mosquito with long, long legs and wings often wide open and a really long snout and beautiful psychedelic eye if the light hits it correctly.  They are all over the fields these days, but I have such trouble getting them fully in the frame.  So I found one yesterday low in the grass.  The only way to get him was to lay down deep in the weeds and shoot up.  As I was doing this, I first scared a runner who was running in the middle of the field and almost stepped on me.  Then another man walked by and was totally startled when I stood up.  I think I must have looked a little frightening, so I tried to calm him down by acting like a normal human being and just said I was taking pictures of insects.  His gruff response, "I guess there is a lid for every pot."  Oh dear.

Here's my little crane fly whose long legs I could not get in the frame.  Please click on him to see that psychedelic eye.  Lid for every pot.  humph......

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Watch Closely As Yellow Billed Tern Steals Fish and Feeds her Family (Click on photos for better viewing)

Skimmer with Fish
Skimmer presents fish to girlfriend

Yellow Billed Tern Attempts to Steal Fish
Tern Still Trying to Steal Fish

Tern Steals Fish

Tern Washes off Fish

Tern Feeds Fish  to the Kids

Monday, October 9, 2017

Jaguar with Raised Foot

This beauty stayed with us for a good half hour walking from the jungle to the beach all the while looking at the Capybaras in the water.  No capture this time around, but we were holding our breath and just amazed at her beauty.  She was a mom and it would have been so great had she brought out her cubs.

The Beautiful Plumage of the Red and Green Macaw - Pantanal, Brazil

Monday, October 2, 2017

Oh What a Time We Had

The Whole Crew - From Left Heather Heaps, Yours Truly, Julie Gustafson in Blue, Chris Hamilton, the Tall Todd Gustafson, Sharon Templin, Karen the Doctor, Melissa Groo, Jerry and Sean Traynor, Aaron Winters, Larry Master, and Naun Silva
Here are a few photos from our recent trip to the Pantanal in Brazil.  

Kitty Taking Photos from the Boat

Kitty and Todd Gustafson (Todd is 6'8" tall!!  I am 5' 2")

Melissa Groo, Yours Truly, Julie Gustafson and Sharon Templin enjoying the national drink the Caipirinha

Snail with a Trail Wins Second Place!!!!!! in Macro Contest

Monday, September 18, 2017

I'm Here in the Pantanal in Brazil with a very slow Internet

Well we have been here for about four days and it is beyond the beyond.  Macaws, anteaters, caimans, Buff Necked Ibis.  My vocabulary is growing by leaps and bounds.  Here are a few photographs if they will upload:
Blue and Red Macaws Against a Canyon Wall of a Huge Sink Hole
Sweet Little Caiman Racing Up Shore for a Little Dinner