Gift Birds On The Day Before Christmas

On this busy holiday weekend I somehow managed to steal an hour to go down to the shore. Marinas can be a great place during the winter to get a close-up look at certain birds. One of these geese is definitely not like the other! It was a nice surprise to come across a snow […]

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Mondo Ponds Nature Preserve Trail

Mondo Ponds Nature Preserve is located in Milford, Connecticut only minutes from I-95 and dozens of other highly valued birding venues. Images presented in this blog article were capture on a pair of visits made to the trail, one in late October and one in late November. While the preserve constitutes nearly 36 acres, I […]

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Farewell Harns Marsh Preserve And SW Florida

My likely last visit to Harns Marsh Preserve in Lehigh Acres, Florida, occurred in late October when I met up with Canadian wildlife photographer Frank Constantin. The weather was favorable with the grass well groomed and 39 species of bird observed in the ensuing two hours after sunrise during our stay. A good number of […]

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Birds of Delevan National Wildlife Refuge

According to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex website, Delevan National Wildlife Refuge comprises 5,797 acres, including seasonal marsh, permanent ponds, and uplands. It is predominately a hunting refuge for waterfowl and pheasant. Wildlife observation takes place from the county roads, on the perimeter of the refuge. There is one notable exception to this, the […]

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American Coots Take Off

American Coots (Fulica americana) are members of the rail family. They have to run or spatter across the water with wings flapping just to get airborne (click on photos for full sized images). They are actually a rather handsome bird with a black head blending into slate gray upper parts. All this contrasting with a […]

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Study Finds Free-Roaming Cats Pose Threat from “Serious Public Health Diseases”

(Washington, D.C., September 18, 2012) A study published in the peer-reviewed public health journal, Zoonoses and Public Health, has found that free-roaming cats pose a threat from “serious public health diseases” to humans, domestic animals, and wildlife. The paper was authored by R.W. Gerhold of the University of Tennessee’s Center for Wildlife Health, Department of […]

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American Coot (Fulica americana)

My first encounter with the American Coot was in Mt. Dora, Florida. I was able to shoot this single one by itself, but this is not how it behaves. It is always seen in pairs. I processed this one in Lightroom 4 because it has more control of vignetting. I heavily vignetted this one to […]

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