Posts in Category: beach

Maine! Song Sparrow Season

Song Sparrow: York County, Maine, USA, April 2024 — When the Song Sparrows return to the back side of dunes at our local beach it is a sure sign of the advancing spring. You hear their songs as soon as you get out of the car and they are not hard to track down for a portrait. This one popped up and sang right beside me as I was watching one further off the other direction. Nice bird. OM System OM-1Mkii with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Maine! Pioneer

Piping Plover: York County, Maine, USA, April 2024 — I went down to the beach yesterday specifically to check to see if there were any Piping Plovers yet. A Maine Audubon post said they were back and reminded folks to give them space, but it seemed very early to me. On a long stretch of beach with two breeding areas I found only this one Piping Plover…maybe a pioneer or a forward scout. He will find the beach much changed since the winter and spring storms, but hopefully it will not impact the breeding sites. They are not taped off yet, and indeed, with the beach so changed, it is hard to determine exactly where the plovers might nest. As always these shot were taken at 800mm equivalent and cropped in to at least 1600mm equivalent. I was not nearly as close to this bird as it looks, and I did not walk through the area where it was feeding. Give them space. 🙂 OM System OM-1Mkii with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Still early morning light. Processed in Photomator.

Maine! Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher: York County, Maine, USA, November 2023 — This photo was taken from too far away and cropped to heavily to be a great photo, but I don’t see our only Kingfisher here in southern Maine as often as I would like, and they are always wary…so I take what I can get. They are around. I just don’t see them. And the kingfishers must might be my favorite birds, if I allowed myself such an indulgence. 🙂 OM Systems OM-1 with ED 100-400mm zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Process in Photomator.

Maine! Plover with a prize

Black-bellied Plover: York County, Maine, USA, November 2023 — We still have small flocks of Black-bellied Plover stoping over on their way south, building up their energy stores for the long flight. The prize might look that appetizing to us, but it is truly precious to the Plover. OM Systems OM-1 with ED 100-400mm zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Photomator and Apple Photos.

Maine! November drift

It was a somewhat dreary November day at the beach but a good day for the driftwood against the dying and drying grasses. OM Systems OMD EM5Mkiii with 12-45mm zoom at 50mm equivalent. Program mode with in-camera HDR. Processed in Photomator.

Maine! Snow Buntings already

Snow Bunting: York County, Maine, USA, November 2023 — Maybe I am just not in the right places at the right time, but this is only my second ever sighting of Snow Buntings in Maine. I know they must be here, somewhere, most of the winter, but I just don’t see them. These were behind the dunes at our local beach, sitting on the wire fence that protects the dune restoration project, and occasionally dropping down to feed behind the fence. Take a good look at the feet! The super long toes and the sharp nails are certainly made for navigating snow and ice. These three birds were in one group, and I found a group of maybe half a dozen more feeding the marsh grasses on the other side of the road as I left. OM Systems OM-1 with ED 100-400mm zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. (The light was terrible and I was experimenting with new settings and am not totally happy with the results…more work to be done. Still, any photograph of a Snow Bunting in southern Maine, is a win on my scoreboard 🙂 Processed in Photomator.

Maine! November beach

When I decided to go out yesterday morning looking for photos in lieu of my qi gong routine, the sun was shining. By the time I got out the door the clouds had rolled in. Still a nice morning and photographically productive. This is our local beach and the sea view. OM Systems OMD EM5Mkiii with 12-45mm zoom at 24mm equivalent. Program mode with in-camera HDR. Processed in Photomator.

Maine! Racing the tide

Sanderlings: York County, Maine, USA, September 2023 — The Sanderlings would go out over the wet sand to feed and then race back as the next wave came in. It was fun to watch, but I had to watch my feet as well so as not to be caught by the wave myself. 🙂 OM Systems OM1 with ED 100-400mm zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixomator Pro. ISO 200 @ f8 @ 1/1250th. -0.3EV.

Maine! Sampling the Clam bisque

Sanderling: York County, Maine, USA, September 2023 — The Sanderlings were enjoying the water caught in the broken clam shells on the beach, the day after Hurricane Lee passed. I am not sure it was salt water from the ocean or fresh water from the rains…but they came back repeatedly to sample it. If you look closely at the first shot, you might see the water actually traveling up the tongue. OM Systems OM1 with ED 100-400mm zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixomator Pro. ISO 200 @ f8 @ 1/1250th. -0.3EV.

Maine! Resistance is futile…

Herring Gull: York County, Maine, USA, September 2023 — In the wake of Hurricane Lee’s passing, the beach was littered with clams scoured off the sea-bed by the heavy surf, and the gulls were having a feast. Many were still whole so the gulls were doing the fly-high-and-drop thing, but they were getting in, as lots of broken shells testified…as well as this photo of a Herring Gull in action. OM Systems OM1 with ED 100-400mm zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixomator Pro. ISO 200 @ f8 @ 1/1250th. -0.7EV.