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Often when I encounter wildlife it is a fleeting moment. There are few occasions when I get to sit and watch and study an animal. When I encountered this turtle it was just sitting along the bank of a pond. The painted turtle was enjoying basking in the sunlight. I was able to stand and watch. Slowly getting closer tot he painted turtle. After watching a while I was able to crouch… Read More

One species of snake I have been fortunate enough to photograph in the wild is the Northern Water Snake. I have seen the Northern Water Snake at a variety of locations. You might see one at a local park. Maybe you will see one in a body of water along the Finger Lakes Trail. There might even be one swimming in one of the Finger Lakes. I have been able to capture… Read More

I’ve always been interested in snakes. Ever since I was little. I always appreciate any chance I have to photograph snakes in the wild. Snakes are a challenging subject due to the way they move through our world. They are hard to see and can be challenging to get in good position to photogrpah. I think I often find snakes to photograph on accident or by pure chance. Sometimes I show up… Read More

Bears are amazing creatures. Having the opportunity to see a Black Bear is always a highlight of any day, month, or year. Even more special is being able to actually capture photos of a Black Bear. I always enjoy providing habitats for birds in our yard. Our local Black Bear also enjoy that I provide habitat for the birds. They have partaken of bird seed from feeders on multiple occasions. On this… Read More

I have had a really fun time doing some bird watching and photography at Eldridge Park so far this year. Osprey It is always fun to note the return of Osprey to our northern part of the Untied States. One of the best places for that is at one of our local parks right in town in Elmira. I love to go to Eldridge Park this time of year. It is a… Read More

Least Tern flying through the sky. Trees as background. When I visited Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge I was fortunate to find quite a large population of Least Terns in the area. Many of the Least Terns were hanging out on a dock. Periodically a Least Tern would take flight. Then I had to try and catch these swift birds in flight. The fact that there were several birds and they each… Read More

Montezum National Wildlife Refuge is a treasure trove of bird watrching opportunities. I have been fortunate enough to see so many birds there including this Common Tern. Birds can be found all over at Montezuma. On the ground, in the foliage, in the water, or flying through the sky as this Common Tern is. It is fun to watch the Common Tern search the water from overhead. Having opportunities to watch the… Read More

This is literally one of my favorite times of the year for photogrpahy. You can show up to your local park and you never know what you might see. Why is that exactly? It is migration season. Birds who spend the spring and summer in our region are returning to our area. You never really know when they are going to show up. Then there are birds that migrate through our area… Read More

Myers Park, Lansing, New York. Cayuga Lake. Finger Lakes. In flight. Over the lake. A Caspian Tern. Circling. The Caspian Tern approaches for a landing. Among a flock of fellow birds made up of gulls and other terns this one Caspian Tern stood out making itself known.

Early spring is also a great time to see shorebirds like the Spotted Sandpiper. Watch for these small shorebirds along the edges of water at your local parks and rivers. The Spotted Sandpiper will search the edges of local ponds, lakes, and rivers looking for food. Our local parks have always ben a goldmine for my birdwatching and photogrpahy. This Spotted Sandpiper standing up on a piece of wood along the edge… Read More

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