Tag Archives: The Connecticut river

Yellow Warbler

This is probably my first shots of a Yellow Warbler. When I have seen them my first thought was Gold Finch and I looked through them unless an almost perfect shot could be had.

Yellow Warbler - Click To Enlarge
Yellow Warbler – Click To Enlarge

I don’t remember a spring with more song birds. Some I have not seen since I was very little (the first ice age).  We need to find time soon to concentrate on the small birds.

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Almost Hidden Mallard

A simple photograph of a female Mallard. This is a shot I might have ignored if not for the light through the reeds.

Female Mallard In The Reeds - Click To Enlarge
Female Mallard In The Reeds – Click To Enlarge

Other photos taken just yards away, in a different direction, were stark with a deep blue colored water. Of course most everything else I shot that day was away from the reeds.

Picturesque Male Mallards

Male Mallards are obviously beautiful birds. But some maybe more so than others. I think these three birds are the gold standard.  I was lucky to have found them on a good clear day.

Picturesque Male Mallard - Click To Enlarge
Picturesque Male Mallard – Click To Enlarge
Picturesque Male Mallard - Click To Enlarge
Picturesque Male Mallard – Click To Enlarge
Picturesque Male Mallard - Click To Enlarge
Picturesque Male Mallard – Click To Enlarge

 

 

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Canada Goose Reflections

This first photograph may be my new Canada Goose favorite. The sun and warm weather, in December, makes for great photos.

Late afternoon the soft light makes the ponds and lakes like glass. I picked these 2 images, but it was hard so many were nice.

Canada Goose Reflections - Click To Enlarge
Canada Goose Reflections – Click To Enlarge
Canada Goose Reflections - Click To Enlarge
Canada Goose Reflections – Click To Enlarge

 

 

Belted Kingfisher

Since early spring I have been trying to get a decent photograph of a Kingfisher.  They are very shy and unbelievably fast. In Rocky Neck they tend to stay out in the marsh near the Osprey nests.  That’s a far shot no matter what lens you use.

Belted Kingfisher - Click To Enlarge
Belted Kingfisher – Click To Enlarge

On the river Kingfishers will sit in overhanging branches. You might see them dive for fish, but again usually too far.

Belted Kingfisher - Click To Enlarge
Belted Kingfisher – Click To Enlarge

Now that the leaves are gone I can see them and their favorite fishing branches.

Belted Kingfisher - Click To Enlarge
Belted Kingfisher – Click To Enlarge

For a few moments today this male sat and let me move around the bank getting some shots. Not all that close, these were taken at 500mm . However, considering how they typically act I was happy to get these.

 

Stable Cat

This is not Texas, Arizona, or the west at all.  This photograph changes any preconceived notions about New England. There is the steer horns/skull,  Winchester gun logo, and the stable sign itself. Not what I would have expected.

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Stable Cat – Click To Enlarge

The main star is the resident stable cat. I see him most every time we walk the river.  Never close, this is a stable cat and people are to be avoided.

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Stable Cat – Click To Enlarge

When I found him warming himself on the truck, not running away, I took the opportunity to get a few quick photos.

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Stable Cat – Click To Enlarge

This proves to me, once again, you just never know what photo opportunities will come along.