June 19, 2018
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Photographer finds plenty of birds on a single outing

By Dave Small, Special to the BDN

Seasons Greetings Friends,

I decided to borrow a concept from my sister-in-law for an outing last week: “Pack it in, do it all.”  I started with harbor pollock fishing in Bass Harbor, I caught one on my first offering and then nothing else. It didn’t seem to matter because male and female long-tailed ducks showed up and allowed me to switch interest from fishing to photography. This was the first ever photos of this species I’ve taken.

My next venture was to hike the Ships Harbor Trail to Seawall. Bufflehead ducks, common eiders, horned grebes and other sea birds were plentiful and kept me busy observing.

After a short picnic lunch I hiked back to the parking lot and then headed to the Manset town pier. Another good choice, a pair of red- breasted mergansers presented themselves within photo range.

Although crows are a rather common sight, catching them in light suitable to photograph their solid blackness and still get some detail is rare for me.


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