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Turtles catching a tan at Essex Street Marsh

Posted Sept. 21, 2011, at 9:49 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 21, 2011, at 11:55 a.m.

My expectations were minimal while heading down the path that circles Essex Street Marsh, after all it was sunny, bright,warm and late in the day — usually not a good time for critters to be out and about.

It wasn’t long, however, until I started seeing painted turtles sunning themselves on whatever object brought them above water level. With that in mind, please remember that I love turtles and will not, usually, forgo an opportunity to photograph them and share the results. One of my subject turtles was stretched out to the point that I don’t believe it could stretch any more.

I was next taken by a painted sitting on a discarded truck tire. While I was imaging the turtle, a neighbor began climbing out of the water onto the tire. It slipped back into the water three times before successfully making it onto the tire … it yawned right in the

middle of my capture. I imagined it saying, “I’m all tired out!”

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The juvenile pied-billed grebe was a first for my lens and I

was happy to capture it. I never seem to tire of seeing ducks bottom up while feeding … these mallards provided a show that I really enjoyed.

The remaining pictures are from early spring and summer.

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