Old Town photographer Dave Small has kept his eyes sharp and his lens clean lately. His last batch of pictures are detailed, informative and a joy to behold. “Photo opportunities have been kind to me.” he said with his latest submission. The American bald eagle photos are from a few weeks ago, show it taking a drink and ruffling it’s feathers during a bathing session. Small recently revisited the osprey nest site on the old Penobscot Narrows bridge. The mother had a good sized fish in her talons and was in the process of feeding three healthy offspring, nearly as large as her. “She stopped feeding when she saw me, so I didn’t stay long,l” Small said. On an early morning trip to the Essex Street Marsh to check up on the
sora rail, he said, he met with mixed success — “it was a spectacular sun rise, one sora crossed the trail just a foot in front of me and there were several young ones scampering around in the reeds, but low light prevented detailed photos. Oh well it was a great outing just the same.” On another day in the early morning light Small captured the image of an immature bobolink. “I was fascinated with how it gathered several stalks of grass in it’s feet to support it’s weight when landing.” The Penobscot River painted turtle, one of Small’s favorite critters, is his new desktop background. And finally, backyard visitors “Pete” the groundhog faced off with “Gary” the gray squirrel. “No one was hurt, Pete backed off,” Small said.