Friday, June 7, 2013

Newborn Fawn

Years and years of wildlife photography, 1000's of miles on the odometer, and hours upon hours I can never get back (or want to), searching for creatures big and small is how I spend my free time. A wishlist in my head of encounters yet to be discovered is born, dreaming of once-in-a-lifetime moments like this one I had this morning. Magical is all I can say...

I have only seen in pictures, a fawn barely a few hours old, hiding from predators as mom is away, a survival instinct never taught, but bred into their wild genes.

Note: Newborn fawns have almost no body odor and their reddish brown coat with white spots make young fawns almost invisible to predators. Fawns lie motionless on the ground surrounded by low vegetation. The fawn’s natural instinct is to freeze even when approached by another animal. As fawns grow and mature, they will initially freeze, but they jump up and bound away.
Please don't try to "rescue" an abandoned fawn. They are not without their mother. She must leave her baby to feed herself, as the fawn is not yet strong enough to go with her. The mother always returns!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Northern Mockingbird

Such a fascinating bird to listen to and watch fly as its wings white patches catch your eye and admire its beauty. This guy hunted bugs along the fence line. Lock Rd, Grundy County

Monday, May 20, 2013

Tree Frogs

One of the best sounds of Spring is these guys singing to each other. Trying to find one is quite the hunt in a forest full of hiding places. I always search, but NEVER find them. I got lucky the other day finding 2. My first 2 finds EVER in a completely natural setting.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

2 Bitterns 2 Days

Two Bitterns in 2 days...What? Yep! Got lucky twice! American Bitterns are stocky and a well-camouflaged heron of dense reed beds, they are difficult to see. Their far-carrying booming call is distinctive, but the bittern itself likes to keep under cover.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Baltimore Orioles are back and in abundance! Named because their colors are similar to those on the coat of arms of famous politician Lord Baltimore. Another cool fact is that Baltimore Orioles build unique, sock-like hanging nests.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Your Opinion Requested

Fun with photoshop! I took a survey on Facebook to see what non-photographers thought and they overwhelmingly chose the original color version. I fancy the fancier b&w with a color emphasis on the goslings but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What do my photographer buddies think?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wood Duck Drake

Found a great puddle in the woods with awesome filtered lighting and a very handsome drake to make these images. Wood ducks are one of my faves to photo. So secretive, extremely hard to get close to without flushing and wonderfully decorated in brilliant colors!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

White-faced Ibis

Quality-wise, not my best, but I had to share this extremely rare treat! White-faced Ibis are awesome! Look at those long curved bills! Amazing creatures and a stopover visit near Wilmington made my day! Although they were not in the best lighting situation for photography, seeing these unusual creatures was worth it. Usually seen in Florida, these guys graced the town of Wilmington with their presence for just a few hours!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Turkey Strut

It's mating season for Wild Turkeys and catching a Tom doing his best display is amazingly rare to see! I caught 2 guys romancing a lady but she was not impressed. She walked away, but they kept up the chase, showing off their gorgeous feather display and length of beard. (The beard is the long strnds of hair protruding out of their chest shown here)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Snipe Hunting!

A great day of Snipe Hunting at it's finest, I love finding these guys, especially out in the open and at close range! I usually flush them, but a few of these guys were very tolerant which makes for a great day in the field!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Bluebirds Scoring a Home

A nice photography session with this couple inspecting and accepting this house as their home! Pesky Tree Swallows tried to evict them but they held their ground and won the battles over and over and eventually won the war! Good Luck Bluebirds on your quest to start a new family this year!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Up Close & Personal with 4 Short-eared Owls

I got another hot tip! Short-eared Owls that day roost in an agricultural ditch and are highly tolerant of cars stopping. So I get my directions and journey 130 miles to the location. Finding the owls along the tall grasses with their amazing camouflaged feathers was pretty frustrating at first, but once you spot the first one, you know exactly how to find more. Yep, there they were, just sitting & waiting for me to show up. The morning was extremely windy and these little fellas knew exactly how to pick excellent cover to break the blow. There were plenty of grassy "caves" to hide out in. Thanks guys! You made my day!