Unfortunately, current practices would indicate that this is an appropriate name change for the (former?) Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. For the past three years each of its marsh pools have been sequentially groomed to promote a plant-based ecosystem to encourage the waterfowl population — ducks, geese, and swans, but primarily ducks. This strategy, however, has decimated the fish habitat upon which water waders … Read More Montezuma Waterfowl Refuge?
Which means you will have to get up early, before dawn even! Because you can’t do the dew if the sun dries it up before you get there. But it’s worth the extra effort of getting up and out of the house. The dew lets you see things you might have overlooked in the middle of the day. . . . . .or … Read More Do the Dew
I thought it was going to be one of those quiet summer days with wildlife languishing in the sun, too hot to forage or preen, thus limiting my photo ops to flowers and sparkly water. But it was not meant to be, not if the blackbirds had anything to say. Turns out they had a lot to say, and do! Today there were a … Read More A Not-So-Quiet Day at the Marsh
Summer is like that. Sometimes it’s just too hot and too dry. . .even for an eagle! The water levels are still very low at the National Wildlife Refuge, but it’s breezy and cool out in the marsh, much more so than on the hot and dusty Wildlife Drive that encircles it. So, it was no surprise to find an eagle resting … Read More Just Too Hot
“I’m a big boy now!” says Son #1. Meanwhile, back at the nest, Son #2 gets some wise advice from Mom. He will likely join his brother in the brand-new world of fledglings in a few days or maybe a week or two. Eagles take about 10-12 weeks to grow from nestling to fledgling, but it will take a lot longer (5 years!) … Read More Bye-bye Mom!
Garth Brooks may prefer his low-placed pals, especially since singing about them has pulled in a ton of money, but he is really missing out. I have soooo many friends in high places! Most numerous of these are probably the osprey. Last year I counted 19 osprey nests on and around the stretch of Rt. 89 that brings me to the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge, … Read More Friends in High Places
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
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
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!
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
The West Shore Trail water levels are finally high enough to support fish. . .and where there’s fish, there are eagles not far behind. There would be heron and osprey, too, except at this time of year they are long gone to the southward. Not so for the eagles, who generally stick around in the winter until the lakes, rivers, and marshlands freeze … Read More Eagles