Posts in Category: Wells

Happy Valentine’s Day

Cedar Waxwing: Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, USA — I dug back into the archives for this Valentine’s Day shot of two Cedar Waxwings courting. Seems appropriate. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv.

All business…

Pine Grosbeak, Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, USA — another shot from my session with the Pine Grosbeaks among the fallen apples at Laudholm Farms. This shot shows off that specialized beak. Pine Grosbeaks feed on a variety of smaller seeds. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/640.

them apples!

Pine Grosbeak: Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, USA — As I mentioned yesterday, I finally found some Pine Grosbeaks near home, to satisfy my finch irruption cravings. They were busy filling their apple seed cravings in the abundance of wind-fall apples under the trees at Laudholm Farms. They spent a lot of time tossing the apples. It was entertaining to watch, to say the least. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/500th, 1/800th, and 1/1000th.

Pine Grosbeak!

Pine Grosbeak: Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, USA — I will admit to being the tinniest bit jealous of all the folks in Maine who have had Pine Grosbeaks in their yards this winter. It is an irruption year for northern finches in general, and Grosbeaks in particular, including the Pine, but as far as I know they have not gotten as far south as Kennebunk. But then I found 6 birds, all young or female (it is impossible to tell which without a hand’s on examination), feeding on fallen apples under the trees by the education building at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farms. The reserve is just south of the Kennebunk town line, less than 5 miles from my house. They have temporarily detoured the main hiking trail right under the trees, and the birds were so busy with the winter dried apples that they paid no attention to passing hikers, or photographers. I had forgotten how big Pine Grosbeaks are…almost the size of a Robin…but definitely a finch. The massive bill is suited for anything from pine nuts to thistle seed, and they were definitely digging something in the shriveled apples…not maybe the apple flesh itself as they were doing a lot of tossing…they may have been after the seeds. Anyway, I have a lot of photos of immature or female Pine Grosbeaks now. I am still jealous of those who have had males…but, actually, I have only seen a few photos of males from Maine this year. I am definitely keeping my eyes out. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/800th.

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.

One more mushroom

Mushrooms will happen! It is amazing (to me) how powerful they are…pushing up through a layer of matted leaves…and not just a little pointy thing like a plant shoot…no, a whole platter lifting a big chunk of the forest floor. 🙂 At Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells Maine. Sony Rx10iv at about 290mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

More mushrooms…

One of the things I like about mushrooms is the variety of shapes and colors and forms. This cluster of small mushrooms, probably in a symbiotic relationship with the tree, is a case in point. Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Headquarters trail, Wells, Maine. Sony Rx10iv at 211mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Mushroom time…

Of course there are mushrooms all summer, but September seems to be an abundant month for them in the woods of Southern Maine. These are bursting out along the trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in Wells, Maine. The biggest one is just smaller than a dinner plate, and as you can see from the second photo, they are massive mushrooms. There will be lots more as the leaves begin to turn in a few weeks. Sony Rx10iv at

135mm equivalent ISO 800 @ f4 @ 1/320th
47mm equivalent ISO 200 @ f3.2 @ 1/100th

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.

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.