Nature photographers can find treasures without leaving town

Posted April 10, 2012, at 9:59 a.m.
Last modified April 10, 2012, at 10:26 a.m.
An American bald eagle seems to check out the air show as a pair of mallards fly by.
Dave Small
An American bald eagle seems to check out the air show as a pair of mallards fly by.
A distinguished-looking American wigeon.
Dave Small
A distinguished-looking American wigeon.
An American wigeon.
Dave Small
An American wigeon.
A splash of color on a dreary day: Coltsfoot.
Dave Small
A splash of color on a dreary day: Coltsfoot.
A northern mockingbird sings a song.
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A northern mockingbird sings a song.
The northern mockingbird.
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The northern mockingbird.
The parade of wild turkeys begins.
Dave Small
The parade of wild turkeys begins.
A wild turkey stalks by.
Dave Small
A wild turkey stalks by.
An unwary wild turkey.
Dave Small
An unwary wild turkey.

There seems to be so much wildlife so close to civilization in Maine. I was photographing an American bald eagle in Hampden that seemed to be surrounded by crows. After I downloaded the image I noticed a pair of mallard ducks flying past in the background.

While waiting for Deb to return some items at Kohls, I heard a northern mockingbird singing, I think, about five different songs. It offered my best shot yet of a mockingbird.

Once again, the Essex Street Marsh, just a stone’s throw from the Bangor Mall area and the I-95 noise, provided a first time photo for me with the sighting of a solitary American wigeon. The Coltsfoot added a nice splash of color on an otherwise dreary day.

I’m unable to explain why a small flock of mostly male turkeys allowed me to get so close to them. I was able to stalk them through some fairly thick woods, get ahead of them, wait for them to come parading past my position, and shoot them with my Canon. Unusual behavior for turkeys … I think.

Opportunities like these, so close to town, amaze me every time. I hope everyone enjoys the Maine nature that’s so close to home!

 

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