Grebes, they’re so weird. We have the (ubiquitous) pie-billed type here. They’ve come back stronger, I think, this year. . .or maybe I just didn’t notice them as much last year as I do now. They’re cute little things, like tiny ducks with a fancy-looking bill. But they’re definitely weird. They like to hide in the vegetation that grows in marshy water, but they … Read More So Weird.
Probably the most visited part of the sprawling Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Wildlife Drive, a 3.5 mile loop that allows visitors to take a hike from the comfort of their own cars. And today, April 1st, the gates were opened to welcome birders (and photographers) to the 2020 observation season. Even CoVID-19 could not prevent this long-awaited event — in fact, it’s one of … Read More Wildlife Drive Is Open, No Foolin’!
This is something I hate to do, but hard times come with hard choices 😦 New York City has a big problem. And the residents of the small Wayne County town of Butler want it to stay in New York City. They want no part of it, And why would they? Raise your hand if you don’t mind having 10 tractor-trailers, each bearing 30 … Read More Political Photography
Maybe CoVid-19 can afflict the world population and threaten the global economy, but it can’t stop the world from turning or the seasons from changing. And yes, my dear readers, spring is here! If you don’t believe me take a look at some sure signs of spring: Pussywillows! Swans gliding upon silky water Winter aconite (?) Ducks, Daffodils Blackbirds … Read More Signs of Spring
Who’s back? The great blue herons, of course. There are just a few right now. Maybe they are the hardy ones who stayed here over the winter, fishing in any open water they could find, or maybe they are the first to arrive after weeks of travel on the Atlantic Flyway. Who knows, but in any event in a week or so as the … Read More They’re Back!
The water was thick with them. Snow geese are pretty smart — smart enough to winter in the warmer areas of North America and return each summer to their nesting areas in the Arctic tundra. It’s this summer sanctuary that provides us here in western New York a brief but beautiful glimpse of these birds as they migrate northward on the Atlantic flyway. A … Read More Snow Geese
Soon to be three eagle families! Certainly a harbinger of spring 😉 This young lady, who only a week or two ago was calling for a mate, is clearly sitting on something! The results are about 3-4 weeks away. Getting better with the Coolpix p1000. . .as long as I don’t extend the telephoto to its full capacity. This was taken at 1/500 @ … Read More Three Eagles and a Tripod
Well, they make a lot of noise, and they poo everywhere. But pigeons are actually kind of colorful and cute. With distinctive red eyes. Turns out they are rather unique among birds, in that they produce “milk” to feed their young. The “milk” is not produced in mammary glands, so it is not really milk. It is produced in the … Read More Mother and Child
Finally, a photo of a red-tail hawk that isn’t just a dark blob against the background of a washed-out sky! I learn the hard way…and the lesson I learned yesterday was to pay attention to the shutter speed, even with still photos. What they say about the shutter speed being the inverse of the focal length is very true — I have far too … Read More Lesson Learned!