Word had gotten out that this extremely rare GREAT GRAY OWL had been spotted in the small town of Newport NH, about 2 hours from home. A photographer friend of mine asked If I wanted to accompany him Newport, and I said "Let's go!!" This image here represents one of my FAVORITE photos taken on this trip this trip I will NEVER forget the time we spent with this bird, as he flew from pine to pine and to the ground to pick up a vole or two for a meal. You will find other images of this bird as you go through this gallery!!
This Coopers Hawk came to visit me in Andover MA in October of 2015..This is one of the images I was able to capture!
This image is a personal favorite of mine from my trip to Florida w/e 12/26/15. I will soon be printing , matting and framing this piece, and of course it will be available for sale. Do you think it might look GREAT on a wall in YOUR home?
This bird graciously posed for a "head and shoulders" profile portrait! Great detail in this image!
Gorgeous example of this male Northern Cardinal..One of my personal favorites!!
This image was for me was a "GREAT MOMENT" capture, as this was the first one this season whereas I was able to catch the full lumenence of this male's ruby-red "gorget" which he shows off during the mating season. It's interesting to note, that this bright irridescent red "collar" is only seen when the light is shining on this bird at certain angles. I must have had a good angle for this shot!
These Tri-Colored herons are just plain beautiful to watch, and a fun catch for a photographer!
This beauty caught the "light" just right, and is displaying himself as "be-decked with jewelry"!
Please see write up on the Great Gray Owl #1 elsewhere in this album
On this photo, I decided that I wanted to have a Black and White monochrome image of one of these very common, but strangely beautiful birds. I printed this image out on a glossy metallic paper, and you need to see it first hand to experience what happens to it once it is printed that way as the final product.. In words, I can only say it "sparkles and glows", but not in a garish way. I'll finish it off with an ivory mat, and a gloss black frame.
This image of this beautiful female was captured by me on 8/23/15 In Andover MA, utilizing 2 electronic flash units with settings set by the camera to stop the action of this birds wings, which will actually flutter at 50-200 times per second. As they are flying or hovering, all the human eye can see is a "blur"of these little wings..They migrate over paths that may exceed 2000 miles each way , from Central America in the Spring, to breed in the more temperate Eastern USA, from Northern Florida to Maine, and begin their migration back South from Mid September into the beginning of October to get back to warmer climes for the winter season. they are the worlds smallest birds, but can hover, fly backwards, and with forward speeds of up to 30mph! Living in the Northeast, I'm sad when their migration begins in the fall, and look forward to their return in the Spring!
This year I've been blessed with more of these gorgeous visitors than I've ever seen..Not an "every spring-summer day occurrence", but at least once or twice a week. Elswhere in this bird section, I have at least one image of a "female" member of this species, which looks NOTHING like it's male counterpart!
I personally love this image of this "tiny" hummingbird captured at dusk on August 13, 2015, about 6:45 PM. He was actually about 8 ft away from my camera position when I photographed him..After I would take his picture, he would fly onto a small branch about 4 feet to the right of me, and re-group himself for his next feeding session! He stared "curiously at me at me each time he was on that SAME small branch..I think we "bonded" while this was happening!
YUP..These little birds burn-off a lot of calories, and like all of us need to "rest" every once-in-a-while. Pictured here is a female Ruby-Throat hummingbird from 2012 "PERCHED" on my backyard butterfly bush, taking a "breather". This photo was taken hand held in available light with my Nikon D7000 and a Tamron 70-300mm VC zoom attached.
Here's a LITTLE BLUE HERON out "strutting it's stuff"! Trinity Florida, 2015
Beautiful birds these Goldfinches..In their brightest breeding colors in late Spring through most of the Summer..Otherwise, those seasons wouldn't exist for me!
This common but comical and cute year-round visitor always makes me "chuckle".. Often the first one to land on my feeders on any given day. May also bring along his cousins the "Black-Capped Chickadees" for a foraging visit..All fun to watch!
I'm beginning to add to my hummingbird collection this year utilizing some new techniques I've learned. This I feel is a great representation of this beautifully colored bird. Personally I think it would look GREAT in a proper 16x20 frame with the right matting. I love these little "guys"!
By September 9th 2015, I stillhad plenty of hummingbirds visiting my yard. This female Ruby-Throat appears to be going from "earth to the moon" in this 3/4 frontal in-flight shot.. This is the first non/profile image I was able to capture in quite a while..As I'm writing this, it is 9/23, and I have not had an new sightings of these birds in about 10 days. I'm presuming they have all gone south for the season to hang out in warmer climes. I miss them already...
One of my common but somewhat infrequent visitors is the House Wren.. Very cute with their "bobbed-up" tails and their soft brown coloration. This one stopped by on 8/11, and I photographed him with a Nikon D7000 with a 400mm f5.6 Tokina attached. Image captured hand-held.
We were in the middle of a 90 degree plus heatwave Here in Andover on this date, but I wanted to try a daylight photograph with fill-flash as this guy is getting ready to go licking a plume on my butterfly bush at around 12:00 noon, I personally love the colors in this image
Late one afternoon in early November 2015, I had a visit from this cute little guy, a Carolina Wren..Very similar to a "House Wren", but slightly larger with different markings, and with a "buff" colored belly. VERY CUTE!!
Here's a FULL COLOR version of the Black and White monochrome Grackle posted elsewhere in this gallery. This image shows off the multi-colored iridescence of this BEAUTIFUL, but often "maligned" bird, rightfully accused of "disturbing the peace"..I guess they are doing what they do best, which is....well .....just "grackles being grackles"!
This guy's just "resting..but I think he sees me!
Late in the day on one early November afternoon in 2015, I was visited by this common, but very cute, Male Downy Woodpecker..A somewhat frequent visitor , as long as I put out suet nearby!
My image of this gorgeous COOPERS Hawk was captured through my kitchen window on the morning of 10/15/15..A real double take as I had just woken up..I went to grab my camera and longish telephoto to get this guy on a "memory card"..I returned to this window, and YUP, He was still there and I followed him as he moved around to various spots , probably looking for a "meal", and I did end up with a few "keepers..This was my pick as the best of the series.
My absolute favorite "Sparrow"! Predominantly a ground feeder, often found foraging in the under- brush/leaves near bushes in the company of the Northern or Dark-Eyed Junco. Seldom found in trees or on feeders. They can be quickly identified by the white patch on their throats, and the bright "golden" patch on the front tip of their brows.
Here we have Mrs and Mr Mottled Ducks ..This is a mated pair, with the female on the left, and the larger male with a yellow beak on the right. What a LOVELY COUPLE they make! Image captured in December 2015. The great detail in the picture of this pair will make an excellent framed piece for your wall!
Here's a Juvenile Wood Stork out searching for food. The young ones have an orangish beak, whereas the adults have a darkish or dark brown beak, Their beaks are used to forage by sticking them deep into the water along the shoreline, and moving it around until they feel something "moving", which they assume is going to be their "lunch"..They then proceed to eat whatever it was! Surely not the prettiest birds around, but interesting to watch along the shore, and in the air!
Here it is 3/5/16, and this American Robin must have been looking at his calendar and decided it was time to do the "Spring
worm-harvest". Here he is surveying my grounds for his next meal, and will continue to do so from now through the Fall Season.
A constant search goes on for more nectar..These tiniest of birs consume half their weight each day in nutrition for nectar, and insects for protein. they are extremely FAAAAST, and travel to New England from places like Mexico, and Central America.
I get at least 2 or 3 of these visitors each year, and today, January 30th 2016, I was actually ready with my camera for this event. Just made a beautiful 12x18" (larger than LIFE!) print of this gorgeous bird, and will be shortly mounting, matting and framing it for sale.
Late in January of 2016, I had a hunger for some color in my photos, and just as I was pondering that, a very cute reddish Male House Finch made an appearance here in Andover MA to help satisfy my "color hunger"!
I uncovered this image in my Hard-drive in September of 2016, which had actually been captured in mid August, but had for whatever reason been overlooked by yours truly..I do make it a habit to go back over my files, and really lucked out in finding this "GEM" Hummingbird photo!. As I enter this image into my gallery, I deem this image as my best effort of the season, as the RubyThroat hummingbirds have mostly left on their migration back to their tropical winter climes..Needless to say, I'll miss them as they are certainly one of my favorite birds to photograph!
One bird that had been notably absent from my portfolio is a Northern Mocking bird..Usually known more for the SOUNDS it makes rather than having "any" gorgeous plumage.. If they stick around until Spring,, I just can't wait to hear exactly what they have to "SAY!"
These stunning (and sometimes noisy!) colored birds are either "loved or loathed" by most..BUT NO ONE can deny the beauty of form and color that Mother Nature has bestowed upon them! This one posed for me in my back yard in early March of 2016, and the image has been framed and is available for sale!
One thing for sure, Juncos have been "plentiful" this year!..This image from my yard on the morning following a snowstorm early in 2016. FYI, the females tend to have a light brownish coloration, whereas the topsides of the males are usually a dark gray sometimes going to near black
Although I have not seen as many of these true beauties as in years past, it's truly exciting for me to capture them in camera "whenever" they're around. This one truly had some luscious reds working for him!
Here's yet another one hovering atop my Butterfly bush garnishing some nectar..I'll tell you..If you haven't figured out, these birds easily become an addictive subject fora nature photographer!
Caught this guy just "hanging out" near my suet feeder around March 15 2016.. One of my absolute favorite birds to observe and photograph!
Here's a shot of a gorgeous and aggressive Red-Winged Blackbird taken immediately after a large feed of suet on an adjacent branch. Absolutely beautiful birds! Love their colors!Image captured in March of 2016.
I captured this image thinking, I would not see another male Cardinal in the Snow in 2016..This image here is a testament to how wrong I was as we had this "sneak" snowstorm in Early April 2016, and the resulting Cardinal image you see here!
This very "common" visitor, is seen here "perched" on a withering tree branch. I think most of us find them on the ground most of the time, "listening" for a meal by feeling incredibly small movement vibrationsbeneath the soil. I think this one wanted to "pose" for me!
Caught this colorful image of a young male enjoying the warm afternoon sunshine in Andover, MA, on April 1st, 2016
The non-official beginning of Spring for most of us here in the Northeast is April 1st, which could not be possible at all without "visitations" by these beautiful Redwing Blackbirds!
Needless to say, I love these tiny birds, and have much fun capturing them in camera.. This one turned towards me on the second time I clicked the shutter, remotely firing the two electronic flashes I used to illuminate this little beauty.
The female "REDWING doesn't get much "KUDOS" in the glossy looks department as compared to its "slik" black, red, yellow and white male counterpart, but she sure makes up for it in the "details department"! ..The female remained in my yard, as the male who flew in with her got "spooked" by my presence, and allowed me to photograph this beautifully detailed female amidst the early budding leaves of my Lilac tree in the very beginning of May , 2016.
I had a few "surprise" visits from birds I had never previously seen on my property .This gorgeous Baltimore Oriole stopped by in mid May of 2016, and I was absolutely taken back by the beauty of this new and very welcome visitor. Also noticethe background of early lilacs that framed the arrival of this rare treat of a bird!
This is a very interesting if not gorgeously colored songbird that is kind of a "mocker", repeating sounds that other birds make, similar to a Mockingbird to which it bears no physical resemblance..They like grapes, grape jam and orange slices, similar to what is the preferred fodder of a Baltimore Oriole!
I was able to catch this Gorgeous Hummingbird going through arial exercises for the "Petite Bird Olympics". These birds are absolutely amazing, and I can't get enough of them!
This little Male Chickadee was in the process of building a nest for his betrothed, and the progeny to follow...a balst to watch..All eggs hatched and they fledged so quickly, I couldn't tell the fledglings from the adults as they left the nest! so I didn't get to hand out any cigars that day!
Here's a head-on shot of a female Redwinged Blackbird..Did I hear you say "HUH??"..This looks like a big sparrow of sorts..Well it is a female RedWing, and looks NOTHING like it's sleek male counterpart, but has a beauty all of her own.. Image taken in Andover,MA .
Please view write-up on this image on "Great Gray Owl #1"
" I hover for NECTAR TREATS!" Image capture in Andover, MA.
Not to be confused with it's smaller cousin , the "DOWNY Woodpecker", this guy is about a third larger, and has a much longer and pointier beak. Very nice show of colors on this male in good lighting
Not sure if this is a young male, or an adult female, but a gorgeous bird it was to photograph!
These beautiful, FAAAAST, energetic and acrobatic Nuthatches traverse many back yard landscapes in the Northeast. This one stopped by for a a bite or two at one of my feeders during a COLD November morning, situating himself in this awesome composition for me to photograph.. Sometimes we photographers do get lucky!
Here she is, "Going for the NECTAR" on my Butterfly Bush Absolutely a blast to study and photograph!
Thanksgiving day 2016 was a rather "GLOOMY" one here in the Northeast, however, I did a little photography, and came up with some not-so-gloomy images..Case in point is this absolutely gorgeous Northern Male Cardinal, a bird I just NEVER get tired of capturing in-camera!
IMHO, One of the most Beautiful birds we get to see and observe here in the Northeastern USA
A very common "WINTER "season" bird here in the Northeast, closely related to the sparrow family. This particular bird was close enough to me so as to give me the ability to show-off some his tiniest details..Please note the ring around his eye for a good example of this!
Beautiful birds, these Red-Bellied Woodpeckers..Fairly common in the Northeast, I never get tired of photographing them!
I think this to be one of my best photographs of this particular species of woodpecker.. Love the detail in this image, along with his strong color contrasts!
These very energetic and acrobatic birds defy the laws of gravity!..If you look closely, You'll see a beautiful pair of eyelashes as well!!
The "female" Northern Cardinal does not get the attention it deserves!..I'm hoping to rectify that situation by posting this "beauty" here on my website!
On the LAST day of 2016, I captured this image of a Blue Jay who thought he was hiding from me!..Loud, brash, and yes indeed, a BEAUTIFUL bird!
I caught this image of this little American male Goldfinch during a January snowstorm here in the Northeast.. It appears he cannot wait to get into his bold golden yellow Spring colors!
I think as an example of the "OFFICIAL" State bird of Massachusetts, this Black-Capped Chickadee is one of my favorites of this species..They don't come much cuter !!!
This 1st cousin tho the Black-Capped Chickadee, The Tufted Titmouse, is also a swift, acrobatic, and stunningly cute little bird..This one appears to be in a "7th inning stretch", but that can't be, because the baseball season is OVER! (Check out the PERFECT eyelashes on this example..Especially the upper lid!)
This pretty and very colorful male Northern Cardinal, sits on a branch..Just "chilling out" (HA!) after a snowstorm!
This beautiful White Breasted Nuthatch stopped in front of me to have a bit of breakfast..Notice the size of the seed he must crack-open!
Hummingbirds are a "passion" with me..These Smart and FAST tiniest of birds are truly a "labor of love". This immature Male will have his ruby "gorget" once he matures. This image here is one of my favorites of this species. Unfortunately, the only variety we have on the entire East coast is the "Rubythroat"..The west Coast has more variety..One of these days I'm going to Central America where there are many and varied examples of these birds! Costa Rica, for example probably has the most variants in the world!
This solitary Junco landed on top of some shrubs while in search for food during a wild snowstorm. I was able to extract much detail onto this image of this common, but singularly Beautiful Bird!
This cute little boy is beginning to transition his colors int a beautiful Golden Yellow feathered coat for the upcoming mating season in the Spring. Photo taken the day after a fairly heavy snow.
This beauty seems to have become a regular in my backyard, and has commandeered this little "cubby" in the bushes as his "secret safe-space", especially during extreme weather such as a snowstorm. Probaly the most Vibrantly colored bird we have here in the Northeast!
Beautiful male Red-Bellied woodpecker foraging on a tree in the early winter of 2017
This beauty of a bird was photographed on New Years Eve, 2016, and thus is the last photo taken during 2016, and a "worthy one" I might add!!
This little "gem" of a bird is an infrequent visitor to my location here in the Northeast, But I do seem to get 5 or 6 visits during the winter season..This one showed up after a bit of a snow shower..
A beautiful male Downy woodpecker showing us his "profile" on a dead tree branch.Very clever and industrious little birds who will store seeds for later consumption in the fine cracks of weathered wood!
After driving away following my capture of this photo, I'm wondered if given the odds of males to females, I wouldn't have been surprised if there was a "altercation" of sorts??
I caught this cute little Tufted Titmouse just following his acquisition of hulled sunflower seed. This picture is among my personal favorites!
I was fortunate enough to capture this female Cardinal in beautiful surroundings on a branch after a snowstorm in late January of 2017. Another of my personal favorite images!
I have here a close-up of a female northern Cardinal getting ready for lunch with a seed in her mouth. I really believe she stopped to pose for me!
These lovely male Americn Goldfinches seem to be acquiring their golden yellow "mating" tones very early this season of 2017, as this image was captured on January 31st !!
Sparrows are many and varied little birds, and it's often quite difficult to tell them apart..Some have features that help make a positive ID..This Song Sparrow has exaggerated breast striping along with a black "tie-tack" in the middle. This picture was taken Early February of 2017, and was the first of its kind that I had seen all season.
Following a snowstorm here in the Northeast, this male House Finch emerged from the snow-cover in search of a meal..At the same time, he's was showing very strong early vestiges of his reddish Spring mating colors, which usually do not reach full strength until April or May. The females, by the way, are much plainer looking, and are tan all year with brown vertical striping on their breasts.
I was lucky enough to capture this Image of a Blue Jay following the largest snowstorm to date at that time. Beautiful and Raucous birds they are! Looking stunning with a white, wintry background!
Immediately following one of our series of snowstorms in 2017, I was able to grab a shot of this pretty "male" house-Finch on a branch searching for his next meal!
A male DARK-EYED JUNCO makes a snowy-landing In Andover MA in mid-February 2017
This darling little male HOUSE-FINCH made his presence known in the form of an "ANGEL OF SPRING" during a seasonably warm day in mid Feruary, 2017 (no one told him he was at least a month or two early!)
Another one of these small male Downy's came to search for suet late in the afternoon light and gave me this classic pose!
This male HOUSE FINCH showed up on another warm day in February , 2017, getting into his beautiful SPRING mating colors. impatiently awaiting SPRING, and of course a MATE to share the season with.
Here's yet another view of this pretty male HOUSE FINCH somewhat pre-maturely dressed in his spring mating colors in mid-February 2017, and no mate in sight. But this three -quarter fronatl view definitely shows off his awesome colors!
A good photographer friend of mine received a tip of the presence of this EXTREMELY Rare GREAT GRAY OWL in the Eastern part of the USA and which is more likely to be found In the Boreal forests of North America and Canada, and which also happens to be in fact the LARGEST OWLto be found in North America.This bird was presumably about a 2 hour ride for us North and East to a small town in the beautiful State of New Hampshire known as "Newport". We arrived at the location and asked bout any sightings of this bird, and as it goes in small towns,of course, they ALL gave us his where-abouts:.."Over there..In the field" they said, and continued with: "You gotta go down that muddy/snow./ ice covered road about a quarter of a mile, and then take a right through the break in the fence on the road, and you'll see him there in the field!..It's now about 2:00 PM, and we've arrived in the field, and noticed approximately a dozen or so photographers and birders with cameras and binoculars and spotting scopes aimed at the pine trees that lined the road to our left..After doing some serious eye squinting, and trying to decipher a "bird-form" with GREAT camouflage in those trees, we FINALLY made eye-contact with this stunning piece of work by Mother Nature! We stayed there photographing this bird, resting in the trees, and as he flew from tree to the ground to feed on a mouse or a vole, and back to another tree..Needless to say we ended up with some magnificent photographs and had the experience of a lifetime. I am adding other photos of this bird to this albu, and will refer to these pictures by the # in the title
Please view write-up on the Great Gray Owl #1 elsewhere in this album.
Please see description on the GREAT GRAY OWL on image #1
Please see description of this awesome owl on the image of "Great Gray Owl" #1.
I had a visit from one of these stunningly and iridescently colored Common Grackles this Month in my "YAHD" here in Andover MA.. They can be very NOISY and chase some other small birds away (Very temporarily!), but I love to view their shimmering colors in varying light..It seems that they often travel in the company of Red Winged Blackbirds.
My favorite Sparrow!.. A must capture for me when they are around!
My first hummingbird camera capture for 2017.. A beautiful male, perched and showing-off his "Ruby-Colored" neck feathering .The only kind of Hummingbird found in the Eastern parts of the USA
Very similar in appearance to a female Housefinch, but with more detailed markings
I see these Gorgeous birds but once/year, in the Spring and they do not stay here long..The female has an entirely different appearance, looking more like a large sparrow with lots of camouflage markings.
This beautiful little Sparrow has lots of detail to show-off. A characteristic marking on this Sparrow is the "rufous" colored cap on top of it's head.
This tiny male Eastern USA ONLY Ruby-Throated hummingbird id perched, and NOT showing his "Ruby-Colored" neck feathers, as they are only "lit-up" as red when the angle of light hits it a certain way..Other wise it shows up as "black", such as in this particular example..
This BEATIFULLY and brightly colored bird shows up here in New England around April or May of each year.. They hang around longer if you put out some orange slices, and some grape jelly!
This somewhat plain Gray bird surfaces here in the Northeast USA around the same time you may see some Baltimore orioles. These birds love grape jelly and Suet, and are fun to watch!
Spring in the Northeast wouldn't be Spring without the presence of these gorgeous bright yellow Finches., in full mating attire. To me, they signal the launch of the Spring Season!!
This Beautiful raptor did a "fly-by" over my bird feeders, but came up "empty" on this particular day. The picture you see here is when he stopped on my fence to look back at the feeders, and try to figure out why he was unsuccessful at grabbing a "snack"!
Jut one of a series of photographs taken in early march of 2017, of this, the LARGEST of owls in the world, as well as one of the most rare and seldom seen.. Being NEAR, and having the priviledge of photographing was a "LIFETIME" experience for me that I will not soon forget!
Beautiful Sites these birds are!
"OFFICIAL" State bird of MA and ME, Andover, MA 2018
Totally "graceful" birds whe "In the Air"!!
Amazing color and grace when these birds are in the air!!
Very pretty and industrial birds!
This girl's taking cover following an overnight snowstorm!
This cute little male Housefinch got caught in the middle of a winter snowstorm! Snowstorm!
This pretty female Northern Cardinal was hanging on for dear life during the worst snowstorm we experienced so far in 2018!!