Posts in Category: Kennebunk

Look at my seed!

Another interesting pose from the White-breasted Nuthatch, at our back deck feeders here in Kennebunk Maine, USA. Sony Rx10iv at 454mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

There are always Chickadees

Black-capped Chickadee, Kennebunk, Maine, USA. Chickadees are reliable. They are everywhere, at least here in the northeast, and they are always there…even on the quietest day…even when we are under stay-at-home orders. 🙂 Occasionally one will strike a pose that lifts the photo out of the ordinary. It does not take much…in this case the angle of the head and way the light strikes and kindles the eye. In most photos the chickadee eye looks completely dark. Here you can see the rich brown iris. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Head on with a Bluebird

This is the male of the pair of Eastern Bluebirds that frequent our yard here in Kennebunk, Maine, USA. They started coming three years ago, and this same pair (I assume) comes back every year. They are actually here during all but bleak mid-winter. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Red like a Sumac

The Sumac plumes are bright red this week. I found this one along Water Street here in Kennebunk just beyond the Roger’s Pond turnoff. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Macro at the long end of the zoom in program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Sparkly Crow

American Crow, Kennebunk, Maine, USA: Crows like sparkly things, but this Crow is itself kind of sparkly…sitting in the sun on a bright March day. It’s glossy black plumage is full of reflective highlights. This is just down the street from us on one of daily walks around the neighborhood…practicing social distancing, of course…not hard when I am the only one on the street…except for the crows, of course, and they keep their distance from me. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Coy Chipmunk…

Chipmunks are, almost by definition, coy. They have that strange mixture of boldness and timidity…bold to certain point, and then instantly timid, that makes them worth paying attention to whenever you see one. This one was near the beginning of the Kennebunk Land Trust Mousam River Sanctuary trail here in Kennebunk. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch, Kennebunk, Maine USA

The Goldfinches come to the feeder a few times a day. I have thistle out for them, but they also visit the mixed seed feeders. They are skitterish and I had to wait a long time on the deck to get this one to come in while I was there. This, I think, is a spring male, perhaps last years juvenile just coming into its summer plumage. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Mallards

Mallard, Roger’s Pond Park, Kennebunk, Maine, USA

I don’t generally get excited about Mallards. They are our most common duck here in Southern Maine…present wherever there is fresh water…ponds, rivers, and marshes. This pair, however, posed among the floating debris of a little backwater between Roger’s Pond and the street above, are just too picture perfect to pass up…especially in these days of self-isolation and limited photo ops 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. Two obtrusive reeds removed in TouchRetouch.

Acrobatic Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch, Kennebunk, Maine, USA. Nuthatches are notorious for feeding upside down…so this one was right in its element hanging off the bottom of our squirrel-proof suet feeder. It might look difficult, and would be for us, but it is all in a day’s work for the nuthatch. 🙂 And certainly a lesson we might want to learn, in our pandemic “turned upside down” world. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Another Chickadee on the Back Deck

Black-capped Chickadee, Kennebunk, Maine, USA. Still having fun watching birds and taking photos under the back deck feeders while we wait out the pandemic. I have ordered a pop-up photo blind and some more feeders for a photo station out under the trees in our backyard, but until they come and I get that set up, I am just being as patient and as still as I can on the back deck. The chickadees, are always cooperative. My goal with Black-capped Chickadees is to expose so that you can see the eye in the dark mask. Not always easy. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.