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A mix of shore-dwellers

Spring’s progression doesn’t only bring green back to the landscape in an amazing range of hues, but also brings waves of new avian species to the area. I’ve managed to capture a number of migrants already this year, some of them common and others much less so. And now some of the regulars are returning, […]


Simple Clicks – Ruby-crowned Kinglet

This little guy is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, although the ruby-colored crown on the top of his head that gives him his name isn’t showing in these images.  He’s one of those lucky grabs that happened unexpectedly, while I was up at Fords Pond.  I wasn’t really there with any expectation of photographing wildlife, but I […]


A tale of two sandpipers

Sandpipers are fairly uncommon in Pennsylvania during any time of the year. Your might assume that these wading shorebirds are at home on oceanic beaches, which is a habitat that the Commonwealth lacks. Turns out that’s not quite the case, and some species actually prefer marsh, field, and even wooded environments. I’ve encountered more sandpipers […]


Simple Clicks – Flowering Dogwood

I was at Courthouse Square in downtown for 1st Friday, getting ready to cover “Pride & Prejudice’s” activities that night, when I came across this Flowering Dogwood tree in the square. I’ve always loved Flowering Dogwoods and think they may be the most lovely of all the flowering trees. Related Posts:Simple Clicks – macro dewSimple […]


Eagles in Spring

It’s an irony not lost on me that, after my eagling expeditions this past winter, where I drive over an hour to the New York boarder and then another 20 or so miles in to the reservoir and Plank Road, some of my best eagle photos of 2013 have come from the pond 20 minutes […]


Simple Clicks – an oddity

This is a Pied-billed Grebe. Or at least his head. The rest of him is underwater and in the ten minutes or so that I was paddling near him, I only saw him come fully to the surface once. This grebe is a summer resident and one that I’ve never seen before. Rather than taking […]


Simple Clicks – Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air, or so goes the old euphemism for the mating season, when everything from the birds to the bees starts feeling the urge to go out and, well…reproduce.  In this case, it’s the rather large Common Snapping Turtle pictured above.  I found him in the marsh at Lackawanna State Park while paddling […]


Simple Clicks – sign of spring

  Pussy willows are one of the true signs of springs in my mind, along with the first Robins and daffodil blossoms.  These were just off the trail at Sapsucker woods.  My favorite thing about this photo?  The background colors.  I boosted the saturation and vibrance somewhat in Photoshop, but the base colors were there […]


Sapsucker in the Spring

  With the return of the birds in the spring migration, I made a run up to Sapsucker Woods a couple of weekends back to check in and see what was flying about.  Sapsucker Woods is one of my favorite places to photograph and I make several trips there each year between spring and autumn. […]


Simple Clicks – Mockingbird

Another first for my life list came along in the past couple of weeks: the Northern Mockingbird. The first one was a lucky catch, as he was perched on the sign up at Fords on the morning that I found the Bluebirds. I saw him in silhouette and realized he was something new and was […]


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