Sea ducks pose for the camera

Posted Jan. 15, 2013, at 10:01 a.m.

A recent trip to the Quiet Side of MDI provided a few photo opportunities. Sunshine and a brisk cold wind made for an exciting outing.

A jaunt around Ship HarborTrail in Bass Harbor showed up some great snowy panoramas, but the strong winds seemed to keep the critters at bay.

Manset offered a couple of American black ducks foraging the shoreline. A few long-tailed ducks, the male being more colorful than the female, were swimming and diving just a few yards off the town pier.

Last winter I learned the it’s very difficult to observe the differences between a juvenile loon and a mature loon in winter plumage. That being said, here’s a loon “in winter” picture. This guy taunted me by surfacing close to the pier, then diving just before I could take a image … some days are like that.

I caught these turkeys in a University of Maine farm field on the Bennoch Road. The light was great and so was the distance, but they offered a nice view, so I’ll share it.

I hope you have a good time in our great Maine outdoors.