Posts in Category: birds

Wild forest chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee, Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, USA — Okay so it is really only a standard Black-capped Chickadee, but it is not one of the tame chickadees that come to our feeder a hundred times a day. On the other hand, it paid no more attention to me there taking it’s photo out in the middle of the woods at Laudholm Farms than one of our yard birds would have, so maybe “wild” is a word that just can not be applied to any chickadee. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

A bit of Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch, Kennebunk, Maine, USA — from my latest session in the chair blind by the feeders under the pines. Nuthatches are always such determined looking birds. This one is a bit fluffed in the chilly September weather we are having. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Broad-winged Hawk #2

Broad-winged Hawk, Kennebunk, Maine, USA — This handsome bird deserves a second look…this time the classic profile portrait. I tood the story two days ago, but it is most likely a juvenile on its first trip south from the breeding grounds. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Chickadee again

Black-capped Chickadee, Kennebunk, Maine, USA — Somedays this time of year there are only Chickadees at the feeders…other days we have Titmice, Nuthatches, and Chipping Sparrows…and the Downy Woodpeckers are always around. Of course, when there are only chickadees it is only a matter of patience before one will do something interesting enough for a photograph. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Broad-winged Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk, Kennebunk, Maine, USA — I need to remember it is hawk migration time here in Southern Maine. This hawk came up off the roadside as I rode up on it on my eBike, with something largish in its talons, and I tracked it in flight (not easy, or perhaps even safe, to do while riding a bike) until it landed in a tree overhanging the road ahead of me. I carefully parked my bike before I could actually see the spot where it landed, got my camera out and walked ahead, peering up into the branches. And there it was. Now that I have the photos for reference, I can see that the prey was a snake of some kind. Red-tailed is the default hawk in Southern Maine, but I am pretty sure (and both of my ai photo recognition programs agree) that this an immature Broad-winged Hawk…which makes it a migrant passing through. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Titmouse acrobatics

Tufted Titmouse, Kennebunk, Maine, USA — I like the pose here…lots of tension but also lots of grace. Birds get into the strangest positions. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs, Kennebunk, Maine, USA — It is Yellowlegs season here on the southern Maine coast. Neither Greater or Lesser Yellowlegs breed here, but we see them in fair numbers coming north and going south, spring and fall. And, of course, I am always happy to see them. These were at the mouth of Back Creek where it comes into the Mousam River behind the dunes. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Getting close to tom…

Wild Turkey, Wells, Maine, USA — I find the shattered glass structure of the turkey’s feathers fascinating. And then the range of textures, from the hair like chest beard to the glossy regularity of the shoulder feathers…the subtle iridescent highlights playing over the rich brown of the body…all set against the improbable skin of the head…it makes quite a study. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

The humble Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove, Kennebunk, Maine, USA — Either I don’t remember correctly, or we have a lot more, and a lot more regular, Mourning Doves in our yard this year. They are here every day, foraging under the feeders, both below the deck and under the trees. They are, in a subtle way, a very pretty bird…I also don’t think I had ever really looked at one until this spring, and I have come to appreciate them more and more. Sony Rx10iv at 432mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Turkey time all over

Wild Turkey, Wells, Maine, USA — I don’t ever remember seeing so many turkeys as we are seeing this year. There are several large flocks that are out and about daily between my home at the south edge of Kennebunk and the north edge of Wells. And they seem particularly fearless this year…foraging in yards and along side the road…not paying much attention to passing humans. I stopped for three of these birds I saw on one side of the road, and then just stood and waited for the rest of the flock to come to me and cross the road close enough to where I was standing so that I could not get the whole turkey in a 600mm frame. Of course they are big turkeys…all big Toms in this particular flock. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.