Category: Birds

West Shore Trail

West Shore Trail is in the northern part of the Montezuma Wetland Complex.  It’s rather isolated; nobody seems to go there much except me.  That’s too bad because now that the simulated drought is over, the water levels at West Shore have risen even higher than those at the main pool in Seneca Falls, and the resident wildlife is even more varied here than … Read More West Shore Trail

Frenzied Fishing

But that’s how the Caspian terns do it — a nonchalant flyover that begets a frenetic flying frenzy!  They circle and hover for several minutes in crazy cycles before suddenly and spectacularly dive-bombing for the prize. The prize could be a crayfish but more likely is an unlucky fin fish, which the tern will immediately make short work of.  And as soon as it … Read More Frenzied Fishing

Babies!

Babies!  Just hearing the word prompts a smile. . .remember the debut of Baby Yoda? Springtime in western New York means that there will be lots of babies born in the wild. . . little balls of fluff that elicit oohs and ahhs from each observer.  Some of them eventually poke their tiny heads above the nest rim, waiting for a treat; others learn … Read More Babies!

So Weird.

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.

Pretty Woman. . .

. . .the kind I’d like to meet (on the side of the road in an old cornfield!)

The Heron Show, Part 2

Watch as this great blue heron starts a brand-new nest. A humble beginning with sticks and twigs.  First one stick, then another — which is presented to his bride. They work together to build their new home.  

Wildlife Drive Is Open, No Foolin’!

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’!

Political Photography

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

Signs of Spring

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

They’re Back!

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!

Snow Geese

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

Three Eagles and a Tripod

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

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