Friday, May 24, 2019

Terns in Love

I spent three wonderful days in Cape May with two wonderful friends.  They gave me a chance to get out to the preserve and photograph the least terns who were making whoopee on the beach.
Two Terns and a Fish
"May  I offer you a little sushi?"

"Sorry it's just too small."

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Six New Finalists this Month - Woot Woot

Japanese Macaque Babies

I Love Your Perfume - Tanzania

The Complainer - Eastern College Pond Mallard

Starling in the Jaws of Wooden Monster

Flying Flickers

Insistant
Baby Raven

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Are You My Mom?

I spent way too much time photographing and observing the brand new baby Canada goose Goslings at Eastern College Pond.  There were at least three different families with a brood of chicks.  One of the little goslings strayed a little too far and lost his family.  He went swimming up to another pair of geese asking for directions back to his mom.  They were curious but not helpful.  However, another kind goose did usher the little guy back to his original family.  It was amazing to see.  (Click to see expressions.)

Sometimes You Just Need a Shoulder to Lean On


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Mr. and Mrs. Redbelly Have a Secret

O.K. you have to promise not to tell.  I was walking in the woods this morning and heard the little cry of the red bellied woodpecker.  I walked to where she was calling, looked up, and there she was inside the nook of a tree.  After a little while she put her head back in the hole and along came Mr. Red belly.  For some reason the two would not appear together for the camera.  Only one and then the other.  So....  I went out on a limb and took pictures of the Mrs. with her head coming out of her nest, And then I took pictures of Mr. Red Belly, standing on the sidelines.  And then through the magic of Lightroom, I put the two photographs together.

Discussing the Real Estate

Monday, April 22, 2019

Yumiko in the Cherry Tree

We planted this cherry tree some 20 years ago in anticipation of Yumiko coming home to us.  Here she is 20 years later (at the ripe old age of 22).  A more beautiful young woman both inside and out would be hard to find.

Monday, April 8, 2019

When I got to Pawlings Farm this morning, I heard the American Toads.  They were so loud, I could tell from the parking area way up on the hill that they were down in the wetland having one great big party.  I walked down through the Butterly Fields where I took a picture of a palm warbler in back light and then got to the ponds and oh the toads were there.  There could easily have been 1000 toads there.  It was unbelievable.  All singing their love songs.  The water level was just 3/4 up my boot at the shore line.  So I just walked in and had such an amazing time watching and photographing this amazing behavior.  Here are a few of my favorites
Chin Up

"Oh, I love that song."

Unhappy Lovers

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Not So Shy Kestrel

I walked and walked and walked yesterday looking for something wonderful.  Finally at dusk about the time I was about to give up, I looked just in front of me in the field in Valley Forge and there was my little buddy, the American Kestrel.  He totally ignored me (although he didn't) as I took picture after picture.  Here's my favorite.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hawk Attack

If you look very closely you can see a second hawk lying on its back with one claw up defending itself from the attacking hawk.  Think if I had just been a foot taller.  Click on picture for better view.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Coyote and Harrier in Valley Forge Yesterday

The light  was  harsh and I was in the wrong position when I came across the coyote with a vole in its mouth and a harrier overhead. Even so, a thrill to see on the first day of Spring. Click photo for better view.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Bluebirds and the Cannon

I had walked through one major field this morning but nothing, through the big woods where I saw some deer, but nothing to write home about, through another woods with nothing.  Finally I crossed the big parking lot and headed for the cannons off of Gulph Road.   And there was a blue bird.  And he landed on a cannon wheel.  The light was in the wrong place, but shoot away I did.  And then there was Mrs. Bluebird!!  The two of them together. They were going in and out of the cannon, sort of cleaning out the debris.   Ahhhh, Valley Forge, makes my heart sing.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Wildebeests in Ndutu

I was riding in a jeep with the great photographer and film maker Todd Gustafson.  He envisioned this scene and had our driver go across that field and up to the ridge where we stopped, turned around and just looked down and across the valley with all those wildebeest coming through the trees to the watering hole in a zig zaggy way.  Oh what a scene it was. (You need to click the photo to see all those layers.)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Harrier Too Close for the Viewfinder

This was one of two female Harrier Hawks in Valley Forge this morning.  One was flying around a lot looking for breakfast and this one was sitting in the field calling to the other one.   I got closer and closer to this one until she swooped up and came directly over my head and fluttered above me.  A little intimidating looking through that 600mm lens with a 1.4 extension.  Anyway, lots of fun today.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Brand New Gift-Wrapped Zebra Foul

On our last day in Tanzania, we were in Ngorongoro Crater - one of the largest sanctuaries for African wildlife in the world.  It is the birthing season in Tanzania.  All the wildebeest have their babies at the same time as there is safety in numbers.  We saw lots and lots and lots of brand new baby wildebeest, but were even more thrilled when one of our crew recognized a Zebra Mom about to give birth to her foul.  We waited as she lay down, gave a few pushes, and voila - there was the newest little creature in the crater - still gift wrapped for all to see.  The baby was up in minutes and running around mom in ten minutes.  It is a game of survival for all these little beings and amazing to see how quickly the instinct to survive kicks in.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Sunset and Wildebeest on the Serengeti

Well, it's been a little over three days since getting back from Tanzania.  It was a spectacular trip in so many ways.  Learning once again how important the first and last light of the day is.  And all the behaviors of those marvelous creatures.  We saw a mother wildebeest give birth to her calf and within two minutes that calf was up and running around.  I've got ten thousand or so images to cull through.  What a joy it will be.
Sunset on the Serengeti

Mom Wildebeest seconds after giving birth coaxing her calf to stand up too
And that little one is up and running!




Thursday, January 31, 2019

First Pictures from Tanzania

We've been here only a few days, but OHHHHH the wildlife.  Here are a few of my favorites so far.  As always, click picture for better view.
African Flycatcher

Cat Scratcher

Cheetah in Morning Light - She ended up on our roof!

Family Portrait

"I love you Mommy."

Ambush

The Albino Baboon

Tongue Lashing

Zebra Hug

Mr. Crooked Ear