Nature photographer works on ‘explore list’

Posted Sept. 27, 2011, at 12:51 p.m.
A belted kingfisher, always difficult to get close to.
Dave Small
A belted kingfisher, always difficult to get close to.
A belted kingfisher is always difficult to get close to.
Dave Small
A belted kingfisher is always difficult to get close to.
This chipmunk stopped to snack on some red berries near a beaver pond.
Dave Small
This chipmunk stopped to snack on some red berries near a beaver pond.
The hard-to-identify female common yellowthroat.
Dave Small
The hard-to-identify female common yellowthroat.
Remnants of a wharf make a great perch for a double-crested cormorant.
Dave Small
Remnants of a wharf make a great perch for a double-crested cormorant.
Remnants of a wharf make a great perch for a double-crested cormorant.
Dave Small
Remnants of a wharf make a great perch for a double-crested cormorant.
Woodland mushrooms in the right light are always fun to photograph.
Dave Small
Woodland mushrooms in the right light are always fun to photograph.
An osprey in flight catches some nice light.
Dave Small
An osprey in flight catches some nice light.

Sandy Point Beach, Park and Trails in Stockton Springs has been on my “to explore list” for a while now. The beach area is very walkable and the wharf remnants offered a great perch for this double-crested cormorant. I like these birds, although some don’t. Hiking South around French’s Point towards the Amazon Stream an osprey in flight caught some nice light. Near the outlet of the stream I was able to get onto a great trail system, which looped back to the parking lot. I caught this chipmunk munching on some red berries near a beaver pond. Woodland mushrooms which seem to catch just a beam of light through the canopy always attract my attention.

 

A visit with my canoe to the Mud Pond inlet produced an opportunity to capture, my best..so far, image of a belted kingfisher. These guys are quite visible and easily seen, just not close! No matter how many times I photograph the female common yellowthroat, I always have difficulty identifying it.

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