Monthly Archives: December 2016

Whoop-it-up for Whooping Cranes

From a personal standpoint, watching Whooping Cranes conduct their activities amid the backdrop of hundreds to thousands of sandhill cranes milling about is akin to viewing an old masters original painting in a museum. The controlled setting of a national wildlife refuge or a museum is necessary because society has invested much effort in both... Continue reading »
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Scarborough Loon – Dozing on a Rising Tide

This Common Loon was floating on the Scarborough River in the vicinity of the western end of the pedestrian causeway across the Scarborough Marsh near Portland, Maine. The loon appeared to be relaxing and napping or dozing with its eyes alternately partially closed or fully closed, or briefly open to look around.  While the loon... Continue reading »
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Black Ducks Near Portland, Maine

  The feather-preening and log-loafing black ducks in my video –  https://youtu.be/TofxUhwBtyY  –, along with some mallards and wood ducks, seem to have given their stamp of approval to the Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Land Trust’s Robinson Woods Preserve. Beaver ponds can be very interesting places, and this particular one is easily accessible via the CELT’s... Continue reading »
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Greater or Lesser?

Check your bird books to see if you agree, but based on the bill and the relative size of the bird compared to the nearby killdeers, I think the bird in the video —      https://youtu.be/769yOjm50Eo     – is a Greater Yellowlegs.
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Great Blue Heron Fan-like Feather Display

    When I first studied the photos and video clips depicting this feather display and bird behavior, I asked myself “What is going on here?” Although I have watched lots of great blue herons over the years, this is the first time that I’ve seen a great blue heron fan its breast feathers like... Continue reading »
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Avian Sushi, Pied-billed Grebes, and Photo Ecology

The small flock (aggregation?) of nine or more pied-billed grebes in my Avian Sushi video https://youtu.be/n0kVChmNqhQ were fishing in an arm of Lake Eufaula just south of the Lakepoint Resort State Park about 5-6 miles north of Eufaula, AL, on 12/15/2016. On other days I have seen a similarly sized flock / aggregation of PBG fishing in... Continue reading »
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