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Simple Clicks – Great Egret

  For the past several weeks, Lackawanna State Park has been host to a lone Great Egret.  A large bird that’s somewhat like an all-white Great Blue Heron, they are neither natives of this area, nor frequent visitors.  In fact, the range maps for their species show PA as a migratory area, although both their […]


Simple Clicks – Green Heron

Got a good close encounter with a Green Heron a few weeks back, via kayak, of course.  This one may be young, or just brave, but he didn’t mind as I paddled by him in the marshy outflow to Kennedy Creek.  I was able to let the kayak drift in close, to the point where […]


Neckin’

  Neckin’ – no, not the kind we so enjoyed as teenagers. This little guy is a Green Heron, and a few posts back I talked about how they have necks like coiled springs, which most of the time are kept tucked down and out of sight. This guy was hunting, then perched and did […]


Late summer variety, part 2

I started writing Thursday’s Late Summer Variety, part 1 and realized that I had more photos to share than I thought. More than could fit into a single post, at least, with any expectation that my readers would make it to the end. So I decided to break it into two parts, concluding with a […]


Late summer variety, part 1

A sampling of critters from a couple of different mornings lately, starting with my old friends, the Cedar Waxwings. These are some of my favorite birds, thanks to their perfect combination of good looks, personality, and general lack of fear of photographers. They’re also a late summer bird, at least here in NEPA, and their […]


Simple Clicks – Herons

On the same morning as my Colors of Fog post, but about an hour or so later, I was farther along the shoreline at Fords Pond when I encountered the little Green Heron.  He was in position for a perfect shot, but I wasn’t prepared, and he flew away before I was able to capture […]


Simple Clicks – on the hunt

  Okay, so maybe it’s a bit of a butt shot, but it was too visually interesting for me to toss it.  And in my defense, you can see this heron’s face, so that’s something.  But what mainly attracts me are two things:  first, the intensity of the pose.  This guy didn’t care that I […]


Simple Clicks – River Killdeer

  Nope, not some rare subset of the species, you won’t find a “River Killdeer” in any birding books.  This is just a Killdeer who happens to live on the Susquehanna.  Or was stopping over, or visiting grandma, or whatever it is Killdeer do besides eat, sleep, and the other thing.  This photo is from […]


Spotted Sandpiper

Meet the Spotted Sandpiper, a more frequent citizen of inland Pennsylvania than you might imagine.  If you’re like me, then sandpipers are a kind of generic group of birds, pretty much anything you see at the beach with long legs that runs around in the tidal area.  Well, it turns out that it’s a little […]


Killdeer at Prompton

  Found this guy up at Prompton Lake last week during a sunset paddle.  I drove up in hopes that the cloud-studded sky would last through sunset and produce some great drama over the lake.  That was a flop – the clouds all evaporated just before sunset.  But as I was launching the kayak I […]


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