Sunday, February 12, 2017

Long Tailed Duck

While I love the exotic coloring of the Harlequin Duck the subtle colors of the Long Tailed Duck make it my favorite duck.

Long Tailed Duck

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Barnegat Lighthouse SP and Shark River Inlet

As I mentioned in the first of the Barnegat posts I've known about it for 10 years but never made it out there until this week. I want to go again, very soon. This time I want to get there mid to late afternoon to have the better light and from behind me. I'm keeping an eye on the weather forecast.

After Barnegat we headed to a place beginning with "M" something but we never got there because the exit from the New Jersey Garden State Parkway was blocked off. We headed to Shark River Inlet instead and my travelling companions were very glad we did because there in the inlet was a Razorbill. Quite a rare bird this far South apparently. I was more interested in the Snow Buntings. We eventually found them in weedy area close to where we were standing. They really were blending in with the sand and vegetation.
Black Scoter


Harlequin Ducks


Harlequin Duck


Harlequin Duck


Harlequin Ducks


Ruddy Turnstone


Snow Bunting


Snow Bunting


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Finally, Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

I think it must be almost 10 years that I've been wanting to visit Barnegat Lighthouse State Park at this time of year. Various factors, weather conditions; work what ever, I finally made it. I was accompanied by Steve, Brian and Tour Guide/Navigator Ed. Now I want to go back again. The main attraction is the sea duck that the area holds at this time of year. Harlequin Ducks, Eider and my all time favorite duck the Long Tailed Duck, there were all three Scoter as well but I only managed to photograph a Black Scoter. The forecast was for sunny skies and 42f with a 14mph wind. I dressed accordingly, a thermal long sleeved tee shirt, thin fleece sweater, down jacket and long goretex parka to keep the wind out. Damn weather forecaster got it wrong again, it was much hotter and less wind so I nearly suffered from heat stroke. What a Fantastic day out. It was marvelous, everything I was hoping for and more. Heres some of the 1444 pictures I took on Monday. Many more to come.

Barnegat Jetty


Common Eider


Common Eider


Harlequin Duck


Harlequin Duck


Harlequin Ducks


Long Tailed Duck


Long Tailed Duck


Purple Sandpiper


Dunlin and Purple Sandpiper


Dunlin

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Acadia NP

Thinking about sitting on a pile of rocks somewhere by the ocean and photographing waves. Acadia NP is in the extreme NE, thinking about Olympic NP in the extreme NW. Wishing and Hoping.

Acadia NP

Monday, January 30, 2017

Hershey Gardens Butterfly Atrium

After lunch with Kelly on Friday afternoon I popped up to the Hershey Gardens Butterfly Atrium. Seems strange seeing butterflies when it's barely above freezing outside. Now I made a couple of huge mistakes. Mistake number 1 was wearing a fleece and a thick sweatshirt in the jungle like temperatures and humidity. Mistake number 2 was taking a cold camera into said jungle like temperatures and humidity. Talk about condensation! It took about 15 minutes to get the lens demisted. I know I was sweating but the damn camera was too. Anyway, I enjoyed my butterfly fix.

Blue Morpho from South/Central America

New Guinea Birdwing

Red Postman South/Central America 

Tiger Longwing South/Central America 

Friday, January 27, 2017

A little earlier than normal.

Touch wood its been a very mild winter so far. Yes I know touching wood is superstitious nonsense but there you are. I can't rely on the weather men can I? So normally the Snow Geese are in the fields around home at the end of February not the end of January so it was a pleasant surprise to arrive home yesterday afternoon to find the sky full of Snow Geese. They were mainly in the field at the top end of the yard, I didn't disturb them as the light was failing and being trash night I had things to do. This morning the light wasn't much better but they started flying in, thousands and thousands and even more thousands of them. As I was still in my sleeping attire I popped upstairs and put on my best stalking camo gear, grabbed the Nikon and proceeded to stealthily creep up to the top of the yard. The geese were literally 5 yards from the edge of the wood so I got down in the leaf litter and crawled to a clearer area between the trees to take pictures. There was a strong West wind blowing and it was colder than a Witches Tit up there so I didn't stay long.




Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hairy Little Beast

This is Mischa, she's a hairy little beast. Very affectionate little girl. I don't get many pictures of her because black cats are really difficult to get the exposure correct and even more difficult to acquire a focus lock. Heres one I did manage from yesterday. I focussed on her eyes and bounced the flash off the ceiling.