Category: heron

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

The Golden Hour? More like The (18%) Gray Hour.

It’s not always golden in western NY on a winter morning. Sometimes it’s just plain dull.         Oh, it started off all right.  Just a little gray with a hint of sunrise.               In fact, only two days ago temperatures were in the 60s, fooling this great blue heron into thinking it was a lovely … Read More The Golden Hour? More like The (18%) Gray Hour.

They’ve Got Bette Davis Eyes

Well, not exactly Bette Davis.  Or Greta Garbo, either.     But they do have eyes that are expressive, bright, and sparkly.

Summer.

It seems so long ago now that there is snow on the ground and more on the way.         Here are a few summer memories of the ubiquitous-but-awesome great blue heron to keep us warm while we await the return of spring and summer.  (Sorry, I slipped one in from autumn!)    

‘Bye-bye Birdies!

Traffic has resumed on the Atlantic flyway as fall migration begins.   The songbirds have been gone for a few weeks now — the blackbirds, marsh wrens, and kingbirds have all left the watersides, leaving only tree sparrows behind.  The osprey nests are empty, and just the hardiest egrets and herons remain, stalking the waters of Montezuma for fish and frogs.  And there are … Read More ‘Bye-bye Birdies!

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