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Dark Snowy Owl

Posted by on Dec 9, 2017

Dark Snowy Owl

Today’s Snowy Owl was photographed in light snow and appropriately dark, arctic conditions. This heavily marked bird was a target of mine as the presumed juvenile female had been in the area for about a week. Do you notice anything else in the photos? You can see some bloody spots on the light from a recent meal. I only watched the bird for a few minutes as this was not a good place to linger, but others had reported seeing it eating rats in recent days. When I left the owl was still sitting there while countless drivers passed not knowing this special creature was right over their...

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Snowy Owl Take Two

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017

Snowy Owl Take Two

Snowy Owl, take two! Here are photos from today after spending some time with what seemed to be the same owl as Sunday’s bird. The irruption is building as there are now four of them in and around Stratford, Connecticut. Let us hope some decide to stick around all winter long (Snowy in snow, please). I included a wider photo taken at 500mm because I wanted to show everyone concerned about giving them space what happens with my shots. I was at the same distance from the owl, the precise position, in all of the beach photos. I crop quite a bit to get the “close” shots. Every...

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Snowy Owl Arrival

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017

Snowy Owl Arrival

Last week I posted a photo of a Merlin that I took after missing my first Snowy Owl of the season by a few minutes, lamenting my luck. I was hopeful I would be able to pick one up again soon considering the major Snowy flight south that is occurring now. Thankfully today I spent a few hours capturing the beauty of this bird! For the most part this time was filled with chatting with friends while observing it snoozing away. A few times the very calm bird (planes, diving gulls, unintentionally close beachgoers – no problem) did a bit of preening, and most of the eyes open shots came...

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Common Yellowthroat Sailor

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017

Common Yellowthroat Sailor

You could say this Common Yellowthroat is ready to set sail to the south…fair winds and following seas, friend! Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach Coordinator

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A Different Variety

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017

A Different Variety

We have a special species to feature in this week’s Salamander Saturday: the Red-cheeked Salamander (Plethodon jordani)! This salamander is another southern Appalachian species, primarily occurring between southwestern Virginia and extreme northeastern Georgia. It is a fairly common resident in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, otherwise known as the “Salamander Capital of the World.” This salamander typically resides within deep mountain gorges near streams and seeps. It also tends to prefer spruce-fir forests, but is sometimes found in mixed hardwood forests as...

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