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Jun 2013

A Bear Story


Evening folks…leading up to this photograph was a bit exciting! I was photographing the sow with the cubs that I posted last night, when momma bear took to the woods running. The cubs went into the woods a bit deeper and went up a tree. Next I viewed a bear coming out of the woods across this open area towards me at 200 feet out with the sow chasing behind him! He ran to my right and stopped within 15 feet of me sat down! At that point the sow stopped about 75 feet out and headed back to the woods with her cubs. It seemed like this young male was saying 'protect me from this big bad momma bear'! I took a few very tight head shots of this bear, then about 2 minutes later he walked slowly back to the woods.

Needless to say my heart was pumping a bit fast!


Bear Family Portrait


Evening folks…and the another reason for the trip up North last week was for bears! I received a lead about a sow with 3 cubs at this location and spent the better part of 3 1/2 days camped out there. Mom would bring the cubs out a 3-4 times a day almost like clock work, early morning, late morning, mid afternoon, and just before dark. Lots of photos to shift through, but this was one photo I was after, a family portrait! Do you know how hard it is to get all of them to say cheese and look at the camera…..Happy


Milky Way over Lupine Field


Evening folks…just returned late last night from a very successful trip to the Franconia, NH area. One of the main reasons for this trip was to photograph the Milky Way over one of the Lupine fields.

On my last trip up a few weeks ago while sitting on my aunt and uncle's deck I noted the beaming Milky Way in the sky above and this was the inspiration for this photograph! Next was to find a Lupine field with the proper orientation to align with the Milky Way. Using Google Earth and Starry Night I narrowed the search to this field as the best location. If anyone has been to this area will most likely know this church, St. Matthews Chapel in Sugar Hill just up the road from Polly's Pancakes!

This photograph is two photographs combined into one. The first photograph a three minute exposure for the Milky Way on a tracking mount and a second two minute exposure while 'light painting' the foreground using a flashlight. This was indeed a fun photo shoot….Happy

Anyone wishing to purchase a copy of this print here is a direct link


Black-backed Woodpecker Feeding Young


Evening folks…as I stated in last night's post, one of the main reasons for heading up north was to photograph the uncommon woodpecker of the northern coniferous forests, the Black-backed Woodpecker. The little ones are starting to peek their heads out a bit to be fed by the parents. We were able to get great views as the male and the female brought food to the begging youngsters. I hope to go up one more time before they fledge if time permits.


NH Trip Report


Evening folks…just got back from a quick trip to NH to photograph the Black-backed Woodpeckers nest and for a bit of scouting for sows with cubs and loons. The Black-back babies are just starting to show themselves, plenty of bears, I just never found any with clubs and as always the loons were fun…..Happy

Also of note was an otter family of one adult and two young ones. Then on my way home today I saw one of the largest bull moose I have ever seen!

Total list from Sunday afternoon until today:

Bear 8... photographed one.
Deer 3 no fawns.
Moose... MONSTER bull 1.
Otter 1 adult 2 kits…photographs but you'll never see them…..Happy
Black-backed Woodpeckers 2 adults and not sure yet how many young…photographs
Pileated 2…photographs
Loons 2…photographs
Hen Wood-duck with many ducklings.
Numerous other tweedy birds but surprising very little other water fowl.
Lupine are in full bloom and well as many other wildflowers.

Overall not bad for just few days…Happy

Eagle Nest Update


Evening folks…on this nice rainy day/night! I've been getting a few request for an update on the local eagle nest. Here is what we know so far. It looks like we have a pair forming a bond and establishing a territory. One of the eagles is a MA banded bird with a State band of A/D. This bird hatch in 2007 at a nest in South Central MA. The second bird appears to be a third year eagle with no bands. They have been coming to the nest most morning at daybreak for a bit and then some days at sunset. So does seem they are roost at night on the Lake.

Here are links to recorded videos from the evening of June 1st and yesterday morning June 6th.

June 1st 40 minutes
June 6th 16 minutes

Have a great weekend everyone and stay dry if you are in New England!


Pileated Feeding Young


Evening folks…I visited the Pileated nest on Tuesday night. I was able to stay a bit later and the light was really nice. This is mom feeding the 2 female young ones. It won't be long before they fledge the nest….



Feeding Black Bear


Evening folk…here is another bear from up north last week. I was photographing from a tree stand that evening and this was the last bear I photographed for the evening. As it was getting late, I exited the tree stand while she was feeding, expecting her to bolt. But she continue to feed while watching me walk from the field…neat stuff….Happy


Leucistic Chipmunk


Evening folks…yesterday I received a call from a friend here in Lunenburg stating she was watching a 'white' chipmunk in her yard. She had viewed it a few times last year and once this spring. I headed on over to see if I could get lucky and photograph this rare little guy.

This chipmunk falls into a class known leucism. This group generally has some of the normal coloration of the species and have normal eye color and not red as with a true albino. So what we have is an Leucistic Chipmunk….Happy

Anyone wishing to order a print of this rare guy, here is a


Pileated Feeding Young


Evening folks…over the weekend I had an opportunity to photograph a pair of Pileated Woodpecker's feeding their young! There were three young woodpecker, two females and one male. This is a photograph of the female about ready to feed the young male in the nest. Fun stuff….Happy