Evening folks…was out scouting some new areas today and came across a bit of open water with some water plants on the ice. Since it was I nice day I sat there for a while (plus a little nap… ) figuring this little guy might pop back out. After about an hour this muskrat popped out from under the ice feed for a while, groomed for a bit and then disappeared back under the ice….fun the watch.
Evening folks…this will be the last Great Gray Owl for a while, I have more but will save them for a rainy day…. This guy was coming in for a vole but came up empty! This is close to full frame, for a minute I thought he was going to land on my camera lens…
Evening folks…I haven't had much luck photographing the Bobcats this year as they have been active when there is no light to photograph them… So I designed and built a remote camera setup (Camera-Trap) to try to photograph them at night. On Friday at 9:42 PM I captured this cat smelling Bobcat urine that I had placed on this log to attract them. Needless to say I'm very satisfied as how well the system worked…. National Geographic has been using systems like this for years to capture elusive critters.
Morning folks…the woodpecker I posted last night on Facebook was indeed a male Hairy Woodpecker. This is a composite image of both a Downy and Hairy woodpeckers on the same perch taken yesterday morning 30 minutes apart with the same crop factor. As many noted a Downy is smaller and with a shorter beak. Indeed they are difficult to ID at a distance. We've had a pair of both feeding at the pond all winter, along with a pair of Red Bellied Woodpeckers.
Have a great day!
Evening folks…still going though the images from Canada, and stumbled onto this frame that I had to share. This Great Gray Owl was only about 30 feet from me when I was able to click a few frames with my 500mm lens. Just look at those eyes! Nice 'mug shot aye'.
Evening folks….another bunny from Canada. Being a hunter as a kid I spent many days hunting Snowshoe Hares with Beagles, can these guys run!
Evening folks…one afternoon after we finish photography the Great Gray Owls we spent photographing Snowshoe Hares until dark. We were told of a location where they were and were not disappointed! At one point we had four bunnies feeding at the edge of this old field….
Evening folks…another Great Gray Owl from Canada, just love how its talons are just touching the perch!
Have a great weekend…
Evening folks…while in Canada last week I was also able to photograph a critter I have been trying to locate here in Massachusetts to photograph, a Black Grey Squirrel. The black squirrel is a melanistic subgroup of the Eastern Grey Squirrel. They are common in the Midwestern United States, Ontario, Quebec, and parts of the Northeastern United States, with a few here in Massachusetts. We stumbled onto a group while photographing the Boreal Owl.
Evening folks…here is another owl we were fortunate to photograph, the Boreal Owl. Again this comes from the same area as the Great Gray Owls, the boreal forest. Here is a link for anyone wishing to purchase a photograph http://tinyurl.com/be532bp
Cute little guys!
Evening folks…I was in Canada all of last photographing Great Gray Owls! This owl has the latest wingspan of any owl in North America. They typically live in the boreal forest and western mountains of Canada but due to the lack of food they moved into the Northern US and Southern Canada. For anyone wishing to purchase a print here is a direct link to the Great Gray Owl . More photographs can be found in this gallery.
Evening folks…how's about something to remind us spring is around the corner. This is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and is is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States. This has been such a dreary week here in New England nice to see something colorful!
Everyone have a great weekend!