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Common House Sparrow

Another name for this bird is the English Sparrow. So I had assumed that was where they originated. But it’s first known habitat is the middle east. (for detailed information click here)

They were released in New York City in 1852 to control a moth infestation and NY Central Park as a ‘pretty’ bird. Now they live everywhere. I have never been anywhere in the world and not seen one, and I actually look.

House Sparrow - Click To Enlarge
House Sparrow – Click To Enlarge

Growing up in NYC it was a tradition to feed them old bread crusts in the alley ways. Great stuff for a city kid so I have a soft spot for them. Which is why I have this weird habit of looking for sparrows where ever I go.

House Sparrow - Click To Enlarge
House Sparrow – Click To Enlarge

If you travel just look around at the local small birds, they’ll be there. They are even in Iceland and Hawaii !

Great Egret In Sepia

A simple photograph, taken as this Great Egret flew overhead. It’s pretty much the same as so many others we have captured.

To make it interesting a dark filter was applied, in black and white, to tone down the bright sky. A quick change to old fashion sepia film look and this is what I finally finished with.

Great Egret Sepia - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Sepia – Click To Enlarge

Nothing was as planned here but I do like the end result.

Brown Creeper

I have never seen one of these outside of a bird guide. Like a really stealthy nuthatch.

Brown Creeper - Click To Enlarge
Brown Creeper – Click To Enlarge

If I had not seen it land he would have been impossible to find on the tree. Unlike a nuthatch, who never stopped talking to themselves, this bird made no sounds at all.

Brown Creeper - Click To Enlarge
Brown Creeper – Click To Enlarge
Brown Creeper - Click To Enlarge
Brown Creeper – Click To Enlarge

I looked up information and found they have a wide habitat range. Strange I never photographed them before. Oh well, getting my quota of New England birds before we head down south again.

Of course we then start all over again with another complete change of species.

I Blew It !

They were singing to each other. This could have been a nice shot instead of a story about not paying attention. I never saw the bird on the right.

Connecticut Cat Bird - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut Cat Bird – Click To Enlarge

The photograph above is the shot I was going for. This was in thick brush (many nasty ticks out there) and the songs from a catbird surprised me. Which now makes sense, it was Mr and Mrs.

Connecticut Cat Bird - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut Cat Bird – Click To Enlarge

Catbirds are common in the Connecticut woods. Even though they are not very flashy these birds are high on my favorites list. Always remind me of my childhood.

Connecticut Cat Bird - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut Cat Bird – Click To Enlarge

Another inch over and I would have had the duet.

Beach Front Condo Living

The Perkins Cove harbor master building is covered in bird houses. A few are the traditional type, most are much more whimsical.

Beach Front Condo Bird Houses - Click To Enlarge
Beach Front Condo Bird Houses – Click To Enlarge

Spring on the southern Maine coast means all housing is full. That includes these. Each photograph has the occupant included. Even the Airstream above has the Mrs. peeking out.

Beach Front Condo Bird Houses - Click To Enlarge
Beach Front Condo Bird Houses – Click To Enlarge
Beach Front Condo Bird Houses - Click To Enlarge
Beach Front Condo Bird Houses – Click To Enlarge
Beach Front Condo Bird Houses - Click To Enlarge
Beach Front Condo Bird Houses – Click To Enlarge

 

Watching Eagles

There are none of the dramatic closeups we love here. In this series it is simply a beautiful eagle soaring over a remote Maine cove.

Maine American Bald Eagle - Click To Enlarge
Maine American Bald Eagle – Click To Enlarge
Maine American Bald Eagle - Click To Enlarge
Maine American Bald Eagle – Click To Enlarge

The eagle wanted to fish, and did try a few times. However a large group of crows harassed him until he hid in a large pine.

Maine American Bald Eagle - Click To Enlarge
Maine American Bald Eagle – Click To Enlarge

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It was a nice surprise to watch while we walked along a Maine coastal land trust. I still don’t know where we were, which probably makes this even better.