Sunday, February 18, 2018

Barnegat 2018

In what I hope to make an annual visit out to Barnegat Light SP a group from the Lancaster Bird Club made an eventful trip yesterday. I say eventful and it was. The early morning drive out was very easy, a nice breakfast at a Shiny Diner and a car full of laughs on the way. Barnegat was sunny and windy and pretty cold out on the jetty. There was a Northerly wind creating a lot of spray over the end of the jetty and salt water and cameras don't mix very well so I stayed off the end, at least until the wind veered more to the East. The Harlequins were on the rocks but as the tide was high not in the best of photographic locations. The Eider flock was way out so nothing to see there, trying to pick out the King Eider was impossible. Common and Red-throated Loons were just in camera range, the Waders were more to end of the Jetty, Dunlin, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone and Purple Sandpipers.

After a lunch in the car park we headed off to Brigantine. A nice collection of ducks; Hooded Merganser's, Buffleheads, were stunning but not close enough to photograph to my satisfaction. Best of all, 2 Snowy Owl's in the same scope view was eventful enough. As there was snow forecast we left at just after 4am and headed West. Then it got really eventful. We started hitting snow leaving Philadelphia, the turnpike West bound had not been treated or ploughed. Before long we were down to 30-40mph and even that was too fast at times. It was scary, there was one particular nasty crash that we drove past that slowed me down a bit more. Luckily there was not a lot of traffic at all so we got off at our exit and got stuck for probably 3/4 hour at least. Delving into the remaining remnants from lunch we waited it out. There had been a couple of crashes further ahead and a stuck delivery truck but once past that we made it home. Time to clear the driveway.

Brant Goose

Common Loon

Dunlin

Dunlin

Dunlin

Dunlin

Dunlin

Dunlin

Harlequin

Harlequin

Harlequin

Purple Sandpiper

Red0-throated Loon

Ruddy Turnstone

Sanderling

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Middle Creek

It reached a whopping 63f this afternoon so as I had a few hours I popped over to Middle Creek thinking the Snow Geese numbers would be increasing with the melting snow and ice. I wasn't disappointed as there were an estimated 75 to 85 thousand Snow Geese present.




Sunday, February 11, 2018

High-Key Squirrel

When you have a very light background they call it High-Key apparently as opposed to a very dark background which is called Low-Key. Here's a High-Key Squirrel.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Butterflies

After taking the car in for an early service I stopped off in Hershey to visit the Butterfly Atrium. I took along the Nikon D850, 105mm VR lens forgetting the Polarizing Filter but remembering my R1C1 Flash setup. Heres a few from this morning.

Blue Morpho

Don't Know (Swallowtail Something)

Leopard Lacewing

Pipevine Swallowtail

Paper Kite

Postman

Dont know (Tiger Longwing?)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Middle Creek WMA

On Friday there was a report of 20,000 Snow Geese and 1000 Tundra Swans at Middle Creek so I popped over late Saturday afternoon. I walked out to Willow Point where all the noise seemed to be coming from. The lake was mostly frozen over and the Snow Geese were all out on the ice/water transition. There was an adult Bald Eagle sitting in the tree opposite and he never budged the 1 1/2 hours I was there. I found a Northern Harrier quartering the far side of the lake but no Short-eared Owls. I was hoping for a few flyovers but nothing came really close.

Middle Creek Snow Geese and Tundra Swans

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Horned Lark

I not only feed the birds in the yard I also spread some seed out in the fields for the Horned Larks and Buntings. As we have a few inches of snow I spread some out the other day and went up with more this morning. I returned with my camera and took a few shots of the Horned Larks. I didn't find any Snow Buntings or Lapland Longspurs but I'll keep feeding in the hope of attracting a few.


Horned Lark

Horned Lark

Horned Lark

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Blue Jay

Here's a Blue Jay at the feeder station perch.

Blue Jay