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Once the sun came out and the fog lifted, things got back to normal.  The eagles went on alert and began searching for breakfast.

This is when the camera gets put to use and my hopes come true.

 

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Looking for Breakfast https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/looking-for-breakfast Looking for BreakfastLooking for Breakfast

 

After several hours of being fogged in, it began to clear up.  The eagles also perked up and I knew sooner or later they would begin to take off and search for prey.

Stay tuned and you'll see what happened over the next hour on this outing. Wishes sometimes come true. 

 

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I Can See Again https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/i-can-see-again I Can See AgainI Can See Again

 

After a long time in dense fog, the sun finally started to burn it off so the eagles, and we could see more clearly.

 

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In the Fog https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/in-the-fog In the FogIn the Fog

 

An interesting  morning on Lake Lochloosa in Florida where the fog was so dense even with their great eyesight, the eagles weren't fishing.  As for us looking to photograph them is was 3 hours of learning more about what our cameras could do in very difficult lighting.

 

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Dreamy https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/dreamy DreamyDreamy

 

Out driving around the area looking for bursts of fall colors when I found this narrow stream of water cascading over some boulders.  It was narrow and the water was moving slowly so I decided to try and slow it down even more to soften the effect.

 

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High Noon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/high-noon High NoonHigh Noon

 

The various stages of nature all in one capture - - from green growth to the end stage.  It's all here to see; you just need to take time.

 

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Home Security https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/home-security Home SecurityHome Security

 

With its large eyes enabling it to see a wide angle and long distances, the osprey likes to perch high above the water to search for its next meal.  

It also uses its vision to focus on possible intruders, like photographers, getting too close to its nesting area.  Its look can be very intimidating when you are the subject of its laser focus and watch its posture change to one of defending its nest.  Then, when it spreads its wings and before you hear the shriek of its cry, you know it is time to depart.

 

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Setting Sun https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/setting-sun Setting SunSetting Sun

 

After exploring the local area for fall colors, I returned home to one of the best scenes of the day on the other side of the lake.

 

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Inner Peace https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/inner-peace Inner PeaceInner Peace

 

A closer look at my "go to" spot when I need to decompress and forget about everything going on around me.  

 

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Serenity https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/serenity SerenitySerenity

 

My favorite place and my favorite time of year to reconnect with nature and let the world pass me by.

 

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Transformation https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/transformation TransformationTransformation

 

One of the key things this  Japanese Red Bridge, named "Guzei" represents is transformation.  Very appropriate in this case as the photo was taken in the early days of October, when the leaves are just beginning are just beginning to change color, or transform.

 

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Touch of Color https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/touch-of-color Touch of ColorTouch of Color

 

Another one of the many small lakes in our neighborhood showing a touch of color in early autumn.  Definitely will return here arms the season progresses to see how the transformation is progressing.

 

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Early Color https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/early-color Early ColorEarly Color

 

A pretty sight from across the lake.  It may be beautiful to look at, but it is not something you want to touch or bring home.  The vines are beautiful, but certainly will cause you to itch -- trees wrapped in poison oak.

 

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Frosty Morn https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/frosty-morn Frosty MornFrosty Morn

 

Late morning with the sun up, the air still is chilly and the mist rises off the lake.  It's early fall, the leaves are beginning to change and the air is getting cooler.

Great time of year in the northern parts, but have to admit I am definitely not looking forward to what's coming next.

 

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Breaking Light https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/breaking-light Breaking LightBreaking Light

 

Shortly after sunrise with frost on the rooftops signals the real start of fall, color change and windy days.

 

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Mid-day Reflections https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/mid-day-reflections Mid-day ReflectionsMid-day Reflections

 

When the sun shines, the air is crisp but not cold, the leaves are rapidly showing off their colors before the trees take a rest, it's time to explore with the camera and take in the beauty of the surroundings.

now is the time to see what nature has to offer.

 

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Returning Home https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/returning-home Returning HomeReturning Home

 

Ospreys, also know as fish hawks, will nest in any location where there is water which provides it with an adequate supply of food.

Their nests are made of sticks and lined with bark as well as sod, grasses vines, etc. The nest starts out being bowl shaped to corral the youngsters, but as they grow, the nest flattens out.

The nests can reach diameter of about 5 feet and can be anywhere from 2-6 feet deep.  Overall, the nests weigh over several hundred pounds.

 

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Returning from the Hunt https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/returning-from-the-hunt Returning from the HuntReturning from the Hunt

 

While the osprey is a very effective fisherman, sometimes referred to as the "perfect" fishing machine, there are occasions when it returns to its perch without a catch.  

As a former avid fisherman, I know the feeling only too well.

 

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The Greatest Fisherman https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/the-greatest-fisherman The Greatest FishermanThe Greatest Fisherman

 

The osprey has a lot of genetic adaptations which make it what could be referred to as the "perfect fishing machine".

They have large eyes and a wide field of focus which enable them to spot fish 100 feet above the water.

They can dive at 50 mph.

They have closable nostrils which enable them to dive under water.

They have an extra transparent eyelid which enables them to see under water.

 

 

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Circling the Lake https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/circling-the-lake Circling the LakeCircling the Lake

 

With a wingspread of about 6 feet, high flight speeds especially when diving and  keen eyesight, ospreys are very effective fishermen.  Their long talons combined with reversible outer toes that act like our thumbs give them tan advantage when hanging on to their catch.

 

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Anastasia Formation https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/anastasia-formation Anastasia FormationAnastasia Formation

 

Standing close to the edge - - maybe 10-15 feet back - - when an incoming wave hit a limestone outcropping just to the right gave me a real sense of the power of the ocean.

 

The Anastasia Formation is special.  It is comprised of quartz sand and limestone that was formed sea shells that have been broken down and mashed together.

Here's a fair unknown fact.  When standing on the sand at Blowing Rocks, you are standing on part of the Appalachian Mountains which came down from Georgia over millions of years ago.

 

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Blowing Rocks https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/blowing-rocks-1 Blowing RocksBlowing Rocks

 

This preserve gets its name from what the waves do when then encounter the rocks especially at high tide during rough seas.

The formations are comprised of craggy limestone with holes in it.  During rough seas, waves can spurt in the air upwards of 50 feet.

Look closely at the right and you can see the relative size of the wave compared to the man at the top of the cliff.

 

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Wave Worn https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/wave-worn Wave WornWave Worn

 

Blowing rocks overall is a one mile stretch of beach on Jupiter Island Florida that is about as natural a place as you can find.  As such it is a protected area that is owned and operated by the Nature Conservancy.

Some of the rock formations are very sharp while others are very well worn and smooth from the action of the waves.  Some are even worn down to be almost level with the sand.

 

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Blowing Rocks https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/blowing-rocks Blowing RocksBlowing Rocks

 

Blowing Rocks Preserve really is unique.  Whereas almost all Florida east coast beaches are miles of sandy beaches, Blowing Rocks is a mile of craggy limestone shoreline.  It doesn't appear to fit, but rather looks like it belongs in Maine or elsewhere on the east coast.

 

 

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From A Distance https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/from-a-distance From A DistanceFrom A Distance

 

Late afternoon while sitting on the deck photographing hummingbirds, I saw a small, almost speck, high in the sky beyond the other side of the lake.  As I did not have my longest lens available I did not have any expectations about getting a good shot.

My gear,  the Sony A1 locked on focus immediately which raised my hopes. After cropping almost 95%, taking out some noise and adding on of my own sets of clouds, this is what I came up with.

Certainly not my best raptor shot, but I was pleased with the overall result.

How about you?

 

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Who's Watching https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/whos-watching Who's WatchingWho's Watching

 

In the kitchen one afternoon when this red tailed hawk landed on the neighbors tree.  I'm guessing it was a scouting perch while looking over the activity around the bird feeders the wetland behind our home.

I was fortunate as it perched there long enough for me to run downstairs,  grab my camera and get a shot before it quickly departed.  This pose is when I returned and thought I was being stealthy near the window.

 

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Awaiting Its Mate https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/awaiting-its-mate Awaiting Its MateAwaiting Its Mate

 

This female red-bellied woodpecker stayed in place waiting for its mate to return with more sunflower seeds from the feeder.  This is their favorite food at the feeders.

This year has brought a greater variety of woodpeckers than usual.  In addition there seem to be greater numbers in the area. The proof can be seen in all the wood trim that needs replacement in my neighbors chimney and my deck.

 

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Up Close https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/up-close Up CloseUp Close

 

The sunflower symbolizes positivity.  Although I only have seen yellow sunflowers, they come in a wide array of colors.  Red sunflowers exist and reportedly are easy to grow.

If you never have taken the time to study the center of a sunflower, you probably did not know that the disk is comprised of tiny flowers.

When you have the opportunity go to a field on a cloudy day and you will discover that the sunflowers do not face each other when it's cloudy.

 

 

 

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Fueling https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/fueling FuelingFueling

 

Another sip of the bee balm nectar which has been the apparent favorite for multiple hummingbirds during the past week.

This particular plant is located within 10 feet of an oriole feeder which also has become more active during the same week.

This hummingbird is the dominant one and will chase away any suspected intruders irrespective of size.  We have watched this one chase finches, orioles and unbelievably even blue jays to protect its food sources.

Its aggressive nature has become even more apparent now that it is preparing to migrate south.

 

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Migration Preparation https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/migration-preparation Migration PreparationMigration Preparation

 

This past week we saw 2 ruby throated hummingbirds zipping back and forth among the feeders, the fuchsia plants and the feeder.  They passed each other quickly, and when they happened to approach the same area at the same time, their aggressive nature became ver apparent.

Even though they are small, they are very aggressive.  We have have had a dominant hummingbird here all summer that guards all the food sources and chases away any and all intruders.

 

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Going Fishing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/going-fishing Going FishingGoing Fishing

 

This male Belted Kingfisher has taken to perching in a dead tree outside my office window late afternoon while looking for its dinner.  I have yet to see it catch a fish from that perch, but some day hope it all comes together.

As you can see Belted Kingfishers have a comparatively larger head than other birds - - about 1 foot overall length and weight at about 6 ounces.

Unlike most bird species the female of the species is more colorful than the male.

The male is called a cock the female a hen and the babies are known as chicks.  Hmmm.  Makes you wonder if there is any relationship to chickens.

They can fly at a speed of about 35mph.

 

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PeWee https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/pee-wee PeweePewee

 

This Eastern woo-pewee Flycatcher is a newcomer to our yard.  During the autumn they migrate to Central and South America to avoid the cold weather.  My best guess is that it stopped here on its way south which tells me I should follow suit in the near future.

They produce a whistling sound like pee-a-wee which I suppose it how it got its name. 

 

It is an omnivore as it likes plants as well as flies, butterflies, bees, wasps, grasshoppers and crickets.  They catch their prey in the air.

 

 

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Itching https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/itching ItchingItching

 

This hummingbird stopped to perch on a branch to take time to scratch an itch.

I had seen tiny bug nearby that must have caused the itch.  If you look closely you will see the details of the tiny foot and also the closed eyelid to protect the eye from what appears to be a very sharp toe nail.

 

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Refreshed https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/refreshed RefreshedRefreshed

 

Hummingbirds are not very social.  Like most other birds in migration, hummingbirds do not fly in flocks.  They fly individually.  

They also compete aggressively for food sources.  They are very territorial and get extremely feisty during mating season.  Not only do they remember their migration routes, but reportedly remember the yard and flowers they have visited in previous years.

I actually have seen the "resident hummingbird" attack other birds to protect "its feeder". 

 

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Speed & Stamina https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/speed-stamina Speed & StaminaSpeed & Stamina

 

Even though they are small, the hummingbird migration is long distance, spanning hundreds and even thousands of miles.  The migration takes place during daylight hours when they stay low looking for feeding opportunities.

In preparation for their long journey to their wintering grounds, they try and refuel with the objective to add 40% to their body weight.

While I cannot attest to how much weight they have gained this week, they certainly are spending a lot more time at the feeder and at the flowers fueling up for their journey which will take them many hundreds or even thousands of mile from here are a rate of up to about 25 miles a day.

 

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Hokey Pokey https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/hokey-pokey Hokey PokeyHokey Pokey

 

Not really a hummingbird dance, but it was interesting to watch the preening process and be able to capture the finite details of this hummingbird's foot. Over time, their feet have evolved to be small so they are lighter weight - - more efficient for flying fast.

 

Even though they cannot walk or hop on their feet (for example like a robin), they will use their feet to preen or for itching.  They also are able to hop sideways when perched on a branch like this.

 

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W Shape https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/w-shape W ShapeW Shape

 

The hummingbird's tongue is shaped like a "W".  It's flat , but splits at the very end. 

The hummingbird also has a long beak which enables them to get at the nectar at the very bottom of a flower.  It's their tongue, however, that enables them to pick up the nectar.  When eating, they extend their tongue, spread the tip, cover it with nectar and retract it into their mouth.

 

 

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Preening https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/preening PreeningPreening

 

Hummingbirds are unique in many aspects.  They are the only birds that can fly in different directions as well as hover in mid-air.

If caught in the rain, they can shake their heads rapidly, over 100 times per second, to remove the droplets.  Oh by the way, they can do this while flying.

Unlike most birds, they do not migrate in flocks; they migrate individually.

They have huge appetites.

They fly at about 30mph.

All of these factors make photographing them a real challenge.

 

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Collecting Nectar https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/collecting-nectar Collecting NectarCollecting Nectar

 

The hummingbird's metabolism is very fast.  Not that elephants can fly, but the hummingbird's metabolism is 100 times faster than the elephant.

Reportedly they will scout over 1000 flowers a day for food.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # oakland county #bird photography #hummingbird #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony mirrorless #west bloomfield #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/collecting-nectar Fri, 26 Aug 2022 14:49:50 GMT
Small & Speedy https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/small-speedy Small & SpeedySmall & Speedy

 

Hummingbirds were scarce for several weeks this summer, but during the past 2 weeks, they have appeared more frequently.  They also are collecting nectar and getting to the feeder more frequently.

My best guess is that they are fueling up for their journey to warmer climates.  I got the message and will do likewise someday.

 

 

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Quick Landing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/quick-landing Quick LandingQuick Landing

 

As these dragonflies are fast and agile fliers, it is challenging to capture them.

Once again, studying their habits and being patient has its rewards.  

They always are welcome to visit us for the potential photo opportunity, but also because they are deadly predators with a high strike rate.  Better yet, their favorite food is the mosquito.

 

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Papilio Glaucus https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/papilio-glaucus Papilio GlaucusPapilio Glaucus

 

Swallowtail butterflies can be found on every continent in the world.  They are unique in that their lower wings are forked; hence the name swallowtail.

This eastern tiger swallowtail is one of the most common and therefore well known butterflies in the U.S.  It actually has been on 2 postage stamps in the U.S.

 

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Where's Noah https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/wheres-noah Where's Noah

 

Yesterday mid-afternoon the clouds rolled in, the thunder gave a quick warning and the storm was quickly upon us with all the force nature has.  First it almost appeared as if the sun went down.  That quickly passed and then the hail, the rain and just about everything else came down from above.

Reminded me of the day I took my final exam live in the control tower at Chanute AFB in Rantoul IL.  Got through it, even with the storms and a tornado, and moved on to try my new skills in various parts of the world.

It was as exciting yesterday as it was back then.

 

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Wind Beneath My Wings https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/wind-beneath-my-wings Wind Beneath My WingsWind Beneath My Wings

 

Soaring over the lake, this young eagle fully spread its wings to take advantage of the air currents and conserve energy while searching for food.

 

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Mosquito Hunter https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/mosquito-hunter Mosquito HunterMosquito Hunter

 

In the blue dasher dragonfly, the dorsal part of the abdomen is a bluish color with a yellow-striped thorax.  The head of the blue dasher is made up of eyes which gives them the ability to have a 360 degree view and detect motion everywhere except directly behind them.

So, inanition to their speed and flying ability, this is another feature making them deadly predators. 

 

 

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Halloween https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/halloween HalloweenHalloween

 

This Halloween Pennant Dragonfly is one of the most commonly seen dragonflies. 

They are very skilled fliers with amazing speed that few other insects can achieve.  With their two sets of wings that can work independently of one another, they can change direction quickly and fly in any direction.  They flying abilities combined with their speed make them deadly predators.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #close up photography #dragonfly #halloween pennant dragonfly #insects #michigan #mosquito hunter #nature photography #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/halloween Fri, 12 Aug 2022 12:28:37 GMT
On the Bee Balm https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/on-the-bee-balm On the Bee BalmOn the Bee Balm

 

While butterflies drink nectar from many species of wildflowers and shrubs, here they prefer the bee balm and the milkweed plants.  Fortunately we have been able to cultivate both as well as some butterfly bushes, all of which keep them coming back.

 

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On the Butterfly Bush https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/on-the-butterfly-bush On the Butterfly BushOn the Butterfly Bush

 

It's the nectar that keeps them coming back.  It's nature at its best and a pleasure to be able to have the opportunity to photograph them in different light.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #butterflies #eastern tiger swallowtail #insect photography #insects #nature photography #swallowtail family #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/on-the-butterfly-bush Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:45:48 GMT
Papilio Polyxenes https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/papilio-polyxenes Papilio PolyxenesPapilio Polyxenes

 

While we have not been seeing the monarch butterflies hovering around the milkweed as in past years, the swallowtails have been stopping by to help pollinate the bee balm plants.

Luck was on my side this particular day as this black swallowtail only has been sighted once so far.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #black swallowtail #butterflies #insect photography #insects #nature photography #swallowtail family #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/papilio-polyxenes Fri, 05 Aug 2022 14:06:59 GMT
Blue Pirate https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/blue-pirate Blue PirateBlue Pirate

 

The Blue Dasher has a distinctive coloring that sets it apart from other dragonflies.   The eyes clearly distinguish the male and female of the species.

The eyes are jade green on the male like this one, whereas they are reddish brown on the female.

 

 

 

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Sharing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/sharing SharingSharing

 

I watched this male red-bellied woodpecker execute many round trips o the bird feeder to gather sunflower seeds so it could feed its mate.

Like most woodpeckers, they eat a lot of insects as well as plant material during some seasons.  Access to the sunflower seeds always brings them here.

This breed resides in eastern part of the US and Canada.  They are 100% native in N America.

 

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Male & Female https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/male-female Male & FemaleMale & Female

 

At first glance, the male red-bellied woodpecker is often mistaken to be a red headed woodpecker because of its red crown.  The male red-bellied woodpecker displays red on both its nape and crown.  In comparison, the female red-bellied woodpecker has red on its nape but not its crown.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # male red-bellied woodpecker #bird photography #female red-bellied woodpecker #michigan #nature photography #sony mirrorless camera #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/male-female Fri, 29 Jul 2022 11:47:32 GMT
Flight Formation https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/flight-formation Flight FormationFlight Formation

 

Heading north after a day of fishing the inlets, the power plant and the fishing docks around the Ft Pierce area and Hutchinson Island.

It is a regular routine.  Head south down the coastline early morning and return late afternoon to their estuary.

 

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Lift Off https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/lift-off Lift OffLift Off

 

Don't let their size fool you.  Hummingbirds have stamina and fly very fast.  In fact, they have been clocked at 30mph when flying directly.

Their migration can span hundreds or even thousands of miles with their wings flapping a minimum of 70 times per second.  

 

Are you starting to get a feel for how difficult it may be to capture a shot that with clarity and detail?  Oh yes, in a dive that wing speed can almost triple.This also may help you understand why they have to feed so frequently and also why they look for sweet nectar and sugar water.

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #Hummingbird in Flight #michigan #nature photography #Ruby throated Hummingbird #Sony a1 #Sony photo gear #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/lift-off Mon, 25 Jul 2022 11:41:00 GMT
Reenergizing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/reenergizing ReenergizingReenergizing

 

For those who have fed hummingbirds over the years it becomes apparent pretty quickly that the hummingbirds are pretty predictable in their migration patterns. Specific birds migrate about the same time each year.  They often arrive and leave within a day or two of the same date each year.

 

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Soft Landing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/soft-landing Soft LandingSoft Landing

 

Hummingbirds have a very fast metabolism, far faster than yours and mine and about  100 times faster than that of an elephant.

They eat a variety of insects like ants, gnats, mosquitoes, and wasps throughout the day just to survive.

They can feed about every 15 minutes and scout between 1,000 and 2,000 flowers every day for food.  Of course, with the right formula (4:1) water to sugar, they will keep coming back to your feeder throughout the day and evening.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #Hummingbird in Flight #michigan #nature photography #Ruby throated Hummingbird #Sony a1 #Sony photo gear #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/soft-landing Wed, 20 Jul 2022 12:19:47 GMT
The Approach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/the-approach The ApproachThe Approach

 

 

How did it acquire its name? It's not from the call they make; it's from the sound their wings produce when in flight.

Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly in any direction. They can hover or fly forward, backward, sideways, in mid-air, and even upside-down!

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) "#Hummingbird in Flight" "#Ruby throated Hummingbird" #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #Sony a1 #Sony photo gear" #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/the-approach Mon, 18 Jul 2022 11:22:08 GMT
Gaping https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/gaping GapingGaping

 

Baltimore orioles will feast on fruit and berries like oranges, grapes, and raspberries, much to the chagrin of farmers. Sometimes they practice an unusual eating method called gaping: After they insert their beak into what they're eating, they  create a tunnel out of their beak and use their tongues to lap up the juice, or in this case a beak full of grape jelly. 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #baltimore oriole #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #perching birds #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/gaping Fri, 15 Jul 2022 14:24:52 GMT
Up, Up and Away https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/up-up-and-away Up, Up and AwayUp, Up and Away

 

When in adulthood Baltimore orioles on average achieve a length of about 8 inches - - smaller than a robin by about 2 inches.

Their wingspan achieves almost a foot in width.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #baltimore oriole #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #perching birds #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/up-up-and-away Wed, 13 Jul 2022 15:20:52 GMT
Sweet Tooth https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/sweet-tooth Sweet ToothSweet Tooth

 

The Baltimore oriole's favorite food is insects.  They also have a sweet tooth so if you want to attract them in your backyard, grape jelly is a surefire method.  

While they sometimes also will stop by for a taste of sugar water from the hummingbird feeder, they will not be attracted to bird seed.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #baltimore oriole #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #perching birds #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/sweet-tooth Tue, 12 Jul 2022 11:51:34 GMT
Leap of Faith https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/leap-of-faith Leap of FaithLeap of Faith

 

Adult male Baltimore orioles show brighter colors than their female counterparts.  The juvenile males grow their full plumage in their second fall season.

They typically live in the wild about 11 years.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #baltimore oriole #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #perching birds #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/leap-of-faith Mon, 11 Jul 2022 11:10:23 GMT
Look Out Below https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/look-out-below Look Out BelowLook Out Below

 

Surprisingly, Baltimore Orioles, like this female, really are not members of the oriole family.  They really are in the blackbird family.  In fact, they are essentially the dame size as a red-wing blackbird.

You can distinguish the difference between the male and female by their color.  The female tends to be more yellow whereas the male is a brighter orange.

 

 

 

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Prisoners' Art https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/prisoners-art Prisoners' ArtPrisoners' Art

 

Even with the horrendous conditions, rampant illness and lack of hope, some found a way to survive by expressing themselves through art.

One can only imagine how deep they had to reach in their souls. The artwork speaks for itself.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #devil's island #french guiana #french prison #papillon #penal colony #prison life #rough seas #stark reality #street photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/prisoners-art Wed, 06 Jul 2022 10:53:32 GMT
Hallway to Nowhere https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/hallway-to-nowhere Hallway to NowhereHallway to Nowhere

 

The colony was opened up by Emperor Napoleon III.  Originally is was intended for political prisoners.  At some point, it was extended to house murderers and the worst criminals in France.

In a word, the prison was horrific in and by itself.  It only could be reached by boat a distance of 8 miles from shore through rough seas and and hidden reefs making survival in the sea almost impossible.  Only one prisoner ever managed to escape and survive - -" Papillon".

Another nearby island , Ile Royale, housed this prisoners in solitary confinement for escape attempts.  They were kept in darkness and in silence, some for up to 5 years..

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #devil's island #french guiana #french prison #papillon #penal colony #prison life #rough seas #stark reality #street photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/hallway-to-nowhere Fri, 01 Jul 2022 11:42:36 GMT
Stark Reality https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/stark-reality Stark RealityStark Reality

 

The starkness of the cells, and the fact that prisoners always were chained, tells the story of how brutal life was in the Devil's Island Penal Colony.  Of roughly 80,000 prisoners housed here over the years only about 1/4 survived.

It was described as a "living death".

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #devil's island #french guiana #french prison #papillon #penal colony #prison life #rough seas #stark reality #street photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/stark-reality Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:31:57 GMT
Approaching the Colony https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/approaching-the-colony Approaching the ColonyApproaching the Colony

 

After a 15 day arduous, grueling, uncomfortable trip from Marseilles, the worst criminals from France.  These prisoners did not enjoy the comforts of those that visit the island today aboard cruise ships, but traveled below deck in chains and cages.

It only got worse once they arrived.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #french guina #french prison #papillon #penal colony #rough seas #street photography devil's island https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/approaching-the-colony Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:53:19 GMT
New Friend https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/new-friend New FriendNew FriendBlanche & Sherryl Our Neptune Lounge Concierge

 

Wandering around the city of Funchal trying to take in as many sights as we could in our one day stop here, we encountered several mimes.  This one, in particular, caught my attention and was very willing to pose for us.  Just added to the fond memories of our visit.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cruising transatlantic #funchal #landscape photography #madeira #ms nieuw amsterdam #nature #portugal photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/new-friend Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:48:09 GMT
Drying the Catch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/drying-the-catch Drying the CatchDrying the CatchBlanche & Sherryl Our Neptune Lounge Concierge

 

Obviously living on an island surrounded by the Atlantic makes fishing a major enterprise for the residents.  This was late in the day where the fish were being set out to dry in the sun.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cruising transatlantic #funchal #landscape photography #madeira #ms nieuw amsterdam #nature #portugal photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/drying-the-catch Fri, 24 Jun 2022 12:08:48 GMT
The Port of Funchal https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/the-port-of-funchal The Port of FunchalThe Port of Funchal

 

The island of Madeira had a population of slightly over 100, 000 at the time we were there some 20+ years ago.  When in the port, it seemed as though there were almost as many boats as there were people.

The city faces the Atlantic with a beautiful backdrop of mountains.  The climate is such that the flowers bloom year round only adding to the beauty of the island.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cruising transatlantic #funchal #landscape photography #madeira #ms nieuw amsterdam #nature #portugal photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/the-port-of-funchal Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:47:35 GMT
Welcome Ashore https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/welcome-ashore Welcome AshoreWelcome Ashore

 

A week of cruising aboard the  new, luxurious Nieuw Amsterdam, we were very excited to get our feet on terra firms again.  It appeared as though this statue in the port was greeting us as we stepped ashore.  It was a warm welcome and only got better as we encountered the people and the sights.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cruising transatlantic #funchal #landscape photography #madeira #ms nieuw amsterdam #nature #portugal photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/welcome-ashore Mon, 20 Jun 2022 11:15:57 GMT
Home way From Home https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/home-way-from-home Home way From HomeHome way From Home

 

After seven days at sea crossing the Atlantic aboard Holland America's  new Nieuw Amsterdam, we arrived at our first port Funchal on the island of Madeira Madeira, which is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, is the capital of Portugal's autonomous region of Madeira.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cruising transatlantic #funchal #landscape photography #madeira #ms nieuw amsterdam #nature photography #portugal https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/home-way-from-home Fri, 17 Jun 2022 09:54:14 GMT
The Crane Family https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/the-crane-family The Crane FamilyThe Crane Family

 

These sandhill cranes can be found in freshwater marshes, pastures and open woods throughout Florida.  People who feed them find them returning to the point of pecking on their doors when they want to be fed.  The pecking actually can damage screens etc so it's best to leave nature alone.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #sandhill crane #sony a1 #vero beach #vero waste water treatment plant #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/the-crane-family Thu, 16 Jun 2022 12:19:12 GMT
Easy Meal https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/easy-meal Easy MealEasy Meal

 

This juvenile eagle decided picking up a floating shrimp was an easy meal - - maybe appetizer -- as it searched for food on Lake Lochloosa.

Several other juveniles showed up shortly after as there were lots of scraps floating on the water from fishermen cleaning fish at the stations on the edge of the lake.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #eagle #eagle fishing #eagle in flight #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/easy-meal Wed, 15 Jun 2022 11:30:22 GMT
Target in Reach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/target-in-reach Target in ReachTarget in Reach

 

Having just left its nest, this adult American Eagle headed straight for the lake in search of breakfast.  With its talons outstretched it was about to strike its unsuspecting prey.

In this case, it turned out to be a morsel floating on the surface and not a swimming fish.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #eagle in flight #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #sony a1 #wildlife photography florida https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/target-in-reach Mon, 13 Jun 2022 13:11:03 GMT
Red Bellied Woodpecker https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/red-bellied-woodpecker Red Bellied WoodpeckerRed Bellied Woodpecker

 

Taking a hike around Jack Island when I encountered a bird I often photograph at home.  All you have to do is listen for the rhythmic tapping it makes on the search for insects.

 

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Taking a Break https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/taking-a-break Taking a BreakTaking a Break

 

Cleaning up on the beach after finishing off their morning catch.  Smart enough to avoid catching a wave like some people walking the beach.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #ring billed gulls #sony a1 #south beach #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/taking-a-break Wed, 08 Jun 2022 12:08:35 GMT
Going Fishing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/going-fishing Going FishingGoing Fishing

 

This adult American Eagle had been resting in the nest with it's mate when it decided it was time for breakfast and quickly left to scout Lake Lochloosa near Hawthorne FL where it resides among the oak trees and spanish moss.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #eagle in flight #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #wildlife photography florida sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/going-fishing Mon, 06 Jun 2022 12:16:31 GMT
Grab & Go https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/grab-go Grab & GoGrab & Go

 

After coming in quickly from above, this juvenile American eagle grabbed a piece of floating fish from the surface of Lake Lochloosa and went off to enjoy it before another eagle came in to steal it away.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #eagle #eagle fishing #eagle in flight #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/grab-go Fri, 03 Jun 2022 11:27:17 GMT
Female Painted Bunting - 2 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/female-painted-bunting---2 Female Painted Bunting - 2Female Painted Bunting - 2

 

This female was very active around the feeding area once the red tailed hawk departed in search of a meal elsewhere.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #female painted bunting #florida #flying painted bunting #nature photography #sony #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/female-painted-bunting---2 Wed, 01 Jun 2022 11:32:42 GMT
Returning to the Nest https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/returning-to-the-nest Returning to the NestReturning to the Nest

 

It started out as what appeared to be a quiet morning on Blue Cypress Lake, but when the ospreys started to take flight it seemed as though they were coming and going in all four quadrants.  The toughest challenge was deciding which bird to focus on.  No complaints from me.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #ospreys #raptors #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/returning-to-the-nest Tue, 31 May 2022 11:46:54 GMT
Energy Drink https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/energy-drink Energy DrinkEnergy Drink

 

Even though the weather has not been cooperative this spring with frequent below normal temperatures along with lots of wind and rain, the birds know it is time to be here in Michigan.  This ruby throated hummingbird visits us several times a day and has claimed this feeder as its own.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/energy-drink Fri, 27 May 2022 11:52:35 GMT
Be Warned https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/be-warned Be WarnedBe Warned

 

This osprey was perched atop its large nest.  As we drifted closer to get a better perspective of it from below, we got a warning screech that we were encroaching on its territory and shifting into reverse would be an excellent idea.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #ospreys #raptors #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/be-warned Wed, 25 May 2022 15:25:03 GMT
Ready to Depart https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/ready-to-depart Ready to DepartReady to Depart

 

Perched on top of its nest, as we quietly drifted closer, we did not escape its excellent vision, but managed a quick shot before this osprey took off.  Actually our encroachment made for a better shot as we were able to capture the full wingspread.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #ospreys #raptors #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/ready-to-depart Tue, 24 May 2022 11:29:46 GMT
Scouting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/scouting ScoutingScouting

 

The cold weather is lingering through April and the deer are returning to scout familiar territory for food.  At this point little has grown so there are not even any daffodils or other spring flowers to feed upon.  They already have trimmed the bushes throughout the winter season.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #adult female deer #michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #whitetail deer #whitetail doe #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/scouting Mon, 23 May 2022 11:06:31 GMT
Crested Cormorants https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/crested-cormorants Crested CormorantsCrested Cormorants

 

This pair of Crested Cormorants had just finished drying their wings and were getting ready to take flight.  You can tell by the mini tufts on their heads that they are in the breeding season.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #crested cormorants #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/crested-cormorants Fri, 20 May 2022 12:45:20 GMT
Watchful Eyes https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/watchful-eyes Watchful EyesWatchful Eyes

 

Always on alert, these ospreys are either guarding the young or using their excellent vision to search for unsuspecting prey below.

 

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Catching the Light https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/catching-the-light Catching the LightCatching the Light

 

When I first looked at my capture of this bird, I was confused by the blue collar around its neck was lit up by the angle of the sun.  Turns out to be a boat tailed grackle.

  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #boat tailed grackle #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/catching-the-light Mon, 16 May 2022 11:40:37 GMT
All Aglow https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/all-aglow All AglowAll Aglow

 

This male mallard took advantage of some brief sunshine to capture the light and show off his beautiful colors.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #male mallard #mallards #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #waterfowl #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/all-aglow Fri, 13 May 2022 12:54:51 GMT
Laser Focus https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/laser-focus Laser FocusLaser Focus

 

Osprey vision is one of their attributes that make them such excellent fishermen.  While their eyes are about the same size as ours there vision is at least twice as good.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #ospreys #raptors #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/laser-focus Wed, 11 May 2022 18:36:02 GMT
Perching Duck https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/perching-duck Perching DuckPerching Duck

 

Wood ducks often are referred to as "Carolina Ducks".

They nest in trees typically in hollowed out nests of squirrels, etc.  They often are found perching in trees observing their surroundings.

 

They are very colorful, like this male.  Both the male and female have red eyes and a red bill.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #sony a1 #waterfowl #wildlife photography #wood duck male #wood ducks "#nature photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/perching-duck Mon, 09 May 2022 09:35:14 GMT
The "Look" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/the-look The LookThe Look

 

When you become the subject of the laser focused stare of a raptor, you have to think about what it is like to be targeted as its prey. 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #ospreys #raptors #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/the-look Fri, 06 May 2022 15:47:03 GMT
Breeding Season https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/breeding-season Breeding SeasonBreeding Season

 

In terms of weather, April has been more like March with gray skies, snowy days, lots of wind and freezing temps at night.  Nevertheless, nature knows it's time to start nesting and start a new generation.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #male & female mallards #mallards #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #waterfowl #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/breeding-season Thu, 05 May 2022 11:32:48 GMT
Splish Splash https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/splish-splash Splish SplashSplish Splash

 

One day recently a flock of Ring-necked ducks suddenly appeared at the far end of our lake.  They all were in breeding plumage and I was hoping to capture them and their newborns.  Unfortunately they disappeared after a couple of days.  

I was lucky enough to be able to capture this one female going through her bathing ritual.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #female ring-necked duck #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #waterfowl #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/splish-splash Wed, 04 May 2022 09:32:39 GMT
Meleagris gallopavo https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/meleagris-gallopavo Meleagris gallopavoMeleagris gallopavo

 

This wild turkey is a bird native to the US.  It is considered a proud bird that has strong protective instincts.  In face, Benjamin Franklin preferred this to the eagle as our national bird.  Benjamin Franklin recognized that bald eagle rob other birds of prey and therefore considered it less honorable - - a scavenger.

Wild turkeys can run up to 25mph and can fly at speeds up to 55 mph.  Their vision is about 3 times better than ours and actually can see in color.

 

 

a scavenger

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #sony a1 #wild turkeys #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/meleagris-gallopavo Tue, 03 May 2022 14:20:43 GMT
Profiled https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/profiled ProfiledProfiled

 

We had an interesting morning exploring new areas around the ranches west of Vero Beach on an ATV.  Not only did we encounter several species of birds, some of them seemed to want to pose for phots like this great blue heron.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #great blue heron #nature photography #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/profiled Mon, 02 May 2022 09:12:07 GMT
Exploring New Waters https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/exploring-new-waters Exploring New WatersExploring New Waters

 

This is a breeding Ring necked duck.  They returned en masse a few days ago, stayed  for a few days and disappeared as quickly as they showed up.  Apparently, our lake was not what they were looking for as a breeding ground.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #ducks #male ring necked duck #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #sony a1 #waterfowl #wildlife photography photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/exploring-new-waters Fri, 29 Apr 2022 11:37:59 GMT
Nest Building https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/nest-building Nest BuildingNest Building

 

Muskrats are semi-aquatic mammals.  They look a lot like beavers  as they have furry bodies and partially webs hind feet. The biggest difference between the two is the tail.  The beaver has a wide flattened tail whereas the muskrat's tail is long and thin.   Muskrats are omnivores the help the waterfowl by creating channels in the underwater plants.  They also dine on shrimp, crayfish and other small creatures.

Here are a couple of facts I never knew.  The babies are called kits like the fox babies.  The adults are named just like deer.  The female is a doe and the male is a buck (without horns of course)!

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #beaver look alike #michigan #morris lake #muskrat #nature photography #semi-aquatic animals #wildlife photography ."#sony a1" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/nest-building Thu, 28 Apr 2022 12:36:18 GMT
On the Approach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/on-the-approach On the ApproachOn the Approach

 

There were several juvenile eagles circling and diving for an easy meal of pieces of fish and discarded bait thrown into the lake by fishermen at the various docks.

It worked out well for everyone as we were able to catch the eagles in action.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #fishing juvenile eagles #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/on-the-approach Wed, 27 Apr 2022 11:47:47 GMT
"Deerfeeder" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/deerfeeder "Deerfeeder""Deerfeeder"

 

It never ceases to amaze me at how quickly the word gets out that the fool that lives here thinks he will be feeding the birds again this year.  In any event, feeding the deer isn't all bad.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # #adult female deer #nature photography #whitetail deer #whitetail doe #wildlife photography michigan https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/deerfeeder Tue, 26 Apr 2022 11:25:44 GMT
Perfect Touchdown https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/perfect-touchdown Perfect TouchdownPerfect Touchdown

 

While I've seen many cormorants perched while drying their wings and also in flight, this is the first time I was able to catch one at the moment it was arriving on the lake to fish.  

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #breeding cormorant #cormorant landing on water #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/perfect-touchdown Mon, 25 Apr 2022 11:40:19 GMT
Male Painted Bunting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/male-painted-bunting Male Painted BuntingMale Painted Bunting

 

Like many of the human type "snowbirds" the buntings can be found throughout half of Florida during the months of September through March.   Unlike their human counterparts they spend the other months mostly in NE Florida.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #painted buntings #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/male-painted-bunting Fri, 22 Apr 2022 11:32:11 GMT
Female Painted Bunting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/female-painted-bunting Female Painted BuntingFemale Painted Bunting

 

While the female painted bunting is not as colorful as her male counterpart, she still displays beautiful shade of green and yellowish green.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #painted buntings #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/female-painted-bunting Thu, 21 Apr 2022 12:54:53 GMT
Successful Fishing Excursion https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/successful-fishing-excursion Successful Fishing ExcursionSuccessful Fishing Excursion

 

An adult bald eagle after successfully picking up a piece of fish floating on the surface.  At this location, fishermen cleaning fish at various stations around the lake throw the remains into the water which eventually float out away from the shoreline to become easy pickings for the birds.

It is a good example of nature in balance.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #adult #bird photography #birds of prey #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #wildlife photography eagle fishing" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/successful-fishing-excursion Wed, 20 Apr 2022 11:51:31 GMT
Easy Pickings https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/easy-pickings Easy PickingsEasy Pickings

 

This particular day on Lake Lochloosa was very calm with no breeze and very little movement on th water.  As a result the ospreys were staying close to their nest and very few adult eagles were out and about searching for food.  The white head and white tail feathers indicate that this eagle is at least 4 -5 years old, and therefore, an adult.

Most of the fishing was on the surface looking for scraps thrown in by fisherman that had floated out from the fish cleaning stations around the shoreline.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #adult eagle fishing #bird photography #birds of prey #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/easy-pickings Tue, 19 Apr 2022 12:14:47 GMT
Fishing Juvenile https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/fishing-juvenile Fishing JuvenileFishing Juvenile

 

This eagle is still in the process of maturing into adulthood which will occur at about 5 1/2 years of age. Based on the color of its diverse plumage, I would estimate that it may be about 3 years old.

As you can see, it has successfully picked up a small piece of fish which was floating on the surface of the lake.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #birds of prey #florida #hawthorne #juvenile #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #wildlife photography eagle fishing" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/fishing-juvenile Mon, 18 Apr 2022 09:15:41 GMT
Immature Eagle https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/immature-eagle Immature EagleImmature Eagle

 

The bald eagle most likely is the most recognizable North American bird.

You probably would easily recognize an adult bald eagle. Most people wouldn't recognize the juvenile and immature coloration of their plumage that precedes the impressive plumage of the adult with the white head and white tail feathers.  The more easily recognizable plumage is acquired at about 5 1/2 years of age for both male and female.

 

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #birds of prey #florida #hawthorne #juvenile eagle #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/immature-eagle Fri, 15 Apr 2022 10:00:30 GMT
Leaving the Nest https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/leaving-the-nest Leaving the NestLeaving the Nest

 

This adult eagle has just left its mate back at the nest.  

The nest is a whole other story in and by itself.  They have the largest nests of any birds and the male and female build the nest together which they may renovate every year by adding up to 2 feet of material.  Reportedly these nests can reach 10 feet in diameter and weigh up to 1 ton.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #adult #bird photography #birds of prey #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #wildlife photography eagle flight" in https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/leaving-the-nest Thu, 14 Apr 2022 12:54:41 GMT
Adult Eagles https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/adult-eagles Adult EaglesAdult Eagles

 

As with most birds of prey the female is the larger bird which is the same for the North American bald eagle.   The female can weigh up to 14 pounds whereas males are in the 7-10 pound weight range.

The female's wingspan can reach up to an impressive 8 feet: the male's wingspan norma;;y is about 6 1/2 feet in comparison.

Eagles mate for life  and grow old together.  They live an average of 25-40 years.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bald eagles #bird photography #birds of prey #eagle pair in nest #florida #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptors #wildlife photography hawthorne https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/adult-eagles Wed, 13 Apr 2022 12:10:54 GMT
In Your Face https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/in-your-face In Your FaceIn Your Face

 

Barred owls can be primarily in the eastern US and southern part of Canada.  More recently they have expanded their territory to southwest Canada, Oregon, Washington state and northern california primarily because of changes to the landscape.

As you can see the barred owl has a large round head with a face that is grayish-brown.  

 

These birds can be very aggressive if you intrude on their territory especially when they are breeding.  

In our case, their was a breeding pair set back in their nesting area and when they flew out, they came directly at us in the boat at about 30mph.

Although they cannot kill humans (thankfully) when provoked they will attack. Given that their talons can due severe damage and lead to major cuts and bleeding it is best to use caution when you here them hooting loudly.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #barred owls #bird photography #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptors #strix varia #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/in-your-face Tue, 12 Apr 2022 13:29:46 GMT
Here I Come https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/here-i-come Here I ComeHere I Come

 

These barred owls are carnivores feeding on small mammals like, mice, squirrels, rabbits, frogs and snakes.  They also prey on crayfish, crabs and fish.  Either way they stash their prey in nests or in the branches of trees.

 The average barred owl size is 16-25 inches with a wingspan of 3 - 4 feet.

 

They are territorial and can be aggressive toward intruders.  They will attack if they perceive a threat which we may have provoked by calling to them.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #barred owls #bird photography #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptors #strix varia #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/here-i-come Mon, 11 Apr 2022 11:22:00 GMT
Refueling Stop https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/refueling-stop Refueling StopRefueling Stop

 

I watched this female painted bunting fly from tree to tree coming closer in each time to ensure the area was safe before stopping at the feeder. Once done, she returned frequently, but always on the alert as I could hear hawks nearby.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #painted buntings #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/refueling-stop Fri, 08 Apr 2022 11:42:23 GMT
Hawk Relative https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/hawk-relative Hawk RelativeHawk Relative

 

The ospreys' diet is mainly comprised of fish.  They catch their prey by swooping down from the sky.  I think of them as the best fishermen in Florida as they rarely miss.

Having a flight speed of roughly 80 miles per hour helps in this regard.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/hawk-relative Thu, 07 Apr 2022 09:51:17 GMT
Shadows https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/shadows ShadowsShadows

 

Water lilies belong to the Nymphaeaceae family of plant.  They live as rhizomatous aquatic herbs.  That's probably more info than you need, but they are beautiful and they are photogenic.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nature photography #vero beach #waterlily https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/shadows Wed, 06 Apr 2022 12:33:02 GMT
Happiness Is https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/happiness-is Happiness IsHappiness Is

 

The look of pure joy after finding a piece of bread in the grass.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #grey squirrel #nature photography #sony a1 #south beach #squirrel with bread #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/happiness-is Tue, 05 Apr 2022 09:53:46 GMT
Nature's Serenity https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/natures-serenity Nature's SerenityNature's Serenity

 

Another serene spot beside a slow flowing, lazy river.  Perfect for clearing the mind and reducing stress.  Not only that, no one else was around.  It was silent except for the gentle sound of the flowing water.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #waterfall https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/natures-serenity Mon, 28 Mar 2022 11:54:58 GMT
Big Sky Country https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/big-sky-country Big Sky CountryBig Sky Country

 

Driving through Glacier National Park was exhilarating.  The scenery was breathtaking and the photo opportunities were at every turn in the road.  It was a virtual mountain of memories.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #glacier national park #going to the sun road #landscape photography #montana #mountain scenery #nature photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/big-sky-country Sat, 26 Mar 2022 14:32:08 GMT
In Balance https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/in-balance In BalanceIn Balance

 

Before heading out to explore an area surrounding some ranches west of Vero Beach, I was fortunate to be able to photograph several painted buntings - - female on the left; male on the right.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) 'buntings #bird photography #florida #nature photography #painted' #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/in-balance Fri, 25 Mar 2022 11:04:52 GMT
Successful Fisherman https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/successful-fisherman Successful FishermanSuccessful Fisherman

 

About 99% of the osprey's diet is fish.  In addition to having a reversible outer toe enabling them to hang on to slippery fish, they also have true color vision. One of their more unique aspects is they can close their nose when diving into the water.

All of these features helped earn them the reputation of being the best fishermen in Florida.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/successful-fisherman Thu, 24 Mar 2022 12:17:59 GMT
Foraging for Seeds https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/foraging-for-seeds Foraging for SeedsForaging for Seeds

 

This male cardinal was taking the lazy approach to feeding.  It stayed on the ground below the feeder and let the other birds scatter the seeds while selecting their meals from the feeder above.  All it had to do was wait for the falling seeds while conserving its energy.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #male cardinal #nature photography #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/foraging-for-seeds Wed, 23 Mar 2022 12:29:16 GMT
Leading the Way https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/leading-the-way-1 Leading the WayLeading the Way

 

Heading south early in the morning looking for fish as they work their way toward the usual daytime feeding area.  They will return before sundown each day.  The only thing that changes during this daily ritual is who becomes the flight leader which changes periodically during their flight path.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #brown pelicans #florida #nature photography #pelicans in flight. #sony a1 #south beach #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/leading-the-way-1 Tue, 22 Mar 2022 10:49:44 GMT
Sunbathing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/sunbathing SunbathingSunbathing

 

Alligators have a lot more teeth than us.  In fact, they have about 75 teeth.  Again, unlikes, when their teeth wear out or break off, they are replaced. (Sure would have saved me a lot of money over the years).

Over the course of their lifetime they may have as many as 3000 teeth.

 

Unlike a lot of other reptiles, they care for their young of about 2 years.  In contrast, something less than 10% of baby alligators are eaten by their parents.  Must be the luck of the draw.

 

Here is something very interesting.  Alligator blood is both antibiotic and antiviral.  You have to ask why it couldn't somehow be used by us against diseases like the Corona virus?

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alligator #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #reptile #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/sunbathing Mon, 21 Mar 2022 11:38:59 GMT
Home Again https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/home-again Home AgainHome Again

 

The length of an osprey approximates 2 feet.Their wingspan typically is 4 to 5 feet.  Females normally are larger than their male counterparts.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/home-again Fri, 18 Mar 2022 17:37:02 GMT
Settling In https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/settling-in Settling InSettling In

 

Although they were not in great numbers yet, the roseate spoonbills that were in the rookery were active enough to capture the full view and their beautiful coloration from time to time.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #fellesmere #florida #ibis family member #nature photography #roseate spoonbill #sony a1 #stick marsh #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/settling-in Fri, 18 Mar 2022 10:30:24 GMT
Little Blue Heron https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/little-blue-heron Little Blue HeronLittle Blue Heron

 

Perched high in a tree scouting the mudflats for fish in the shallow water.  This heron can be found year round in Florida.

 

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Patiently Waiting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/patiently-waiting Patiently WaitingPatiently Waiting

 

Frequently found on the Florid beaches between August and May.  These Ruddy Turnstones were carefully watching for the tide to recede before quickly darting down  to pick up any invertebrates washed up on the shore.

 

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It's Mine https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/its-mine It's MineIt's Mine

 

This squirrel had just found a piece of bread in the grass just off the beach.  It quickly scampered on top of a wood piling and hugged it tightly.  It certainly was going to guard it against all the other squirrels racing around below.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #grey squirrel #nature photography #sony a1 #south beach #squirrel with bread #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/its-mine Tue, 15 Mar 2022 10:40:33 GMT
Full Speed https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/full-speed Full SpeedFull Speed

 

Ospreys live on very continent except Antartica.  They live in all 50 states. Today I was photographing them at Blue Cypress Lake in Vero Beach Florida.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/full-speed Mon, 14 Mar 2022 12:46:52 GMT
Snakebird https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/snakebird SnakebirdSnakebird

 

The anhinga was described as  "snakebird" early on by the Native American Indians as the shape of its head and neck look like a snake in the water when diving for fish. The rest of its body is below the water line so only the head and neck show.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #anhinga #bird #fellesmere #florida #nature photography #sony a1 #stick marsh #wildlife photography photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/snakebird Fri, 11 Mar 2022 12:52:36 GMT
Familiar Territory https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/familiar-territory Familiar TerritoryFamiliar Territory

 

Ospreys tend to use their nests not only for years, but for generations.  As they nest in colonies, Blue Cypress Lake in Vero Beach Florida hosts many of these beautiful and skillful raptors.

The ospreys lifespan ranges from 15-30 years.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/familiar-territory Thu, 10 Mar 2022 11:57:35 GMT
Lazing in the Sun https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/lazing-in-the-sun Lazing in the SunLazing in the Sun

 

The American alligator is a cold blooded reptile living in wetland areas.  It can grow between 6 and 11 feet long and arte usually found in the wild in Louisiana and Florida.

They have existed since the time of dinasours.

They are mostly meat eating reptiles, and display strength, speed and ferocity when attacking their prey.

They can run fast, but tire quickly which is fortunate for many golfers who have encountered them on the golf course.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alligator #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #reptile #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/lazing-in-the-sun Wed, 09 Mar 2022 12:53:12 GMT
White Ibis https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/white-ibis White IbisWhite Ibis

 

One of three ibises that flew along a canal, periodically perching in the trees as we maneuvered along a dirt road in an ATV in the area of the Sexton Ranch west of Vero Beach.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/white-ibis Tue, 08 Mar 2022 12:27:24 GMT
Moon Shot https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/moon-shot Moon ShotMoon Shot

Clear skies, low humidity and light winds made for excellent conditions.  Although I missed out photographing the crescent moon, I was able to get out last night and capture the waxing crescent moon.  

Hopefully, I will be able to have the same conditions when it is full.

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #nature photography #night photography #night sky #vero beach #waxing crescent moon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/moon-shot Mon, 07 Mar 2022 13:26:04 GMT
Nest Building https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/nest-building Nest BuildingNest Building

 

In addition to bringing materials to enhance the nest, it looks like there was some food delivery taking place.  Given the density of the trees it was impossible to tell if this was a female in the nest along with the returning male.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #fellesmere #florida #ibis family member #nature photography #roseate spoonbill #sony a1 #stick marsh #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/nest-building Fri, 04 Mar 2022 11:48:14 GMT
Returning from Fishing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/returning-from-fishing-1 Returning from FishingReturning from Fishing

 

It was mid morning and the early morning activity had slowed down.  Many of the ospreys we saw had settled back into their nests which they reuse year after year.  

As you can see here, they have large talons as long as 3 inches.  You also can get a sense of their wingspan which is between 4-5 feet wide.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/returning-from-fishing-1 Thu, 03 Mar 2022 13:07:03 GMT
Searching https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/searching SearchingSearching

 

If you look closely at this osprey searching for a fish you might be able to see that they have four toes on each foot all of which have sharp barbs.  Some of the reasons they are such excellent fishermen is that they have true color vision and their outer toe can reverse backward enabling it to hang onto a slippery fish.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/searching Wed, 02 Mar 2022 13:42:46 GMT
Returning to the Rookery https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/returning-to-the-rookery Returning to the RookeryReturning to the Rookery

 

Mid February and the roseate spoonbills are just arriving to begin mating and nest building.  Only a few were clearly visible as most were deep inside the trees working on their nests.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #fellesmere #florida #ibis family member #nature photography #roseate spoonbill #sony a1 #stick marsh #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/returning-to-the-rookery Tue, 01 Mar 2022 14:01:35 GMT
Can't Fool Me https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/cant-fool-me Can't Fool MeCan't Fool Me

 

Sometimes the best plans to deter wildlife end up being a great place to stop, rest and maybe even take time to air dry wings.  In any case, this cormorant has taken advantage of the goose decoy.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #cormorant #cormorant perched on decoy #florida #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/cant-fool-me Mon, 28 Feb 2022 13:09:50 GMT
The Morning After https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/the-morning-after The Morning AfterThe Morning After

 

After three days of wind and rain the sun broke out for a couple of hours in the early morning.  I couldn't wait to get out and capture the "afterglow" of the storm, especially the raindrops on the leaves.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #flora #flower photography #landscape photography #nature photography #raindrops on broadleaf plants #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/the-morning-after Sun, 27 Feb 2022 13:11:47 GMT
Ceryle Alycon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/ceryle-alycon Ceryle AlyconCeryle Alycon

 

This belted kingfisher was facing into the wind ready to dive down and seize a small fish from the canal below.  Its crest is not ruffled from the wind.  The ragged front and rear crests are one way to identify this bird.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #belted kingfisher #bird photography #florida #nature photography #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/ceryle-alycon Fri, 25 Feb 2022 11:57:29 GMT
Returning from Fishing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/returning-from-fishing Returning from FishingReturning from Fishing

 

This gull was looking for a safe place to land after another successful fishing trip while the sandpipers below continued probing the sand for their next meal.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #ft pierce #ft pierce inlet #ft pierce state park #nature photography #shorebirds #shorebirds in flight #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/returning-from-fishing Thu, 24 Feb 2022 10:58:05 GMT
Glossy Ibis https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/glossy-ibis Glossy IbisGlossy Ibis

 

Another Florida resident, most commonly found in central and south Florida

in coastal and freshwater marshes and ponds.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #glossy ibis #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/glossy-ibis Wed, 23 Feb 2022 12:28:25 GMT
Showing Off https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/showing-off Showing OffShowing Off

 

Another Florida resident commonly seen circling above the roadways looking for carrion and road kill.  With a 6 foot wingspread they are easily spotted on a daily basis.  

These birds rarely flap their wings but tend to soar with their wings at about a 20 degree angle above horizontal.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #raptor #sony a1 #stick marsh #turkey vulture #wildlife photography indian river county https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/showing-off Tue, 22 Feb 2022 11:08:47 GMT
Ibis Family Member https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/ibis-family-member Ibis Family MemberIbis Family Member

 

A Forida resident that normally breeds from down in the everglades as far north as Tampa Bay on the west coast and Merritt  Island on the east coast.  

Locally the roseate spoonbills begin nesting and breeding seriously in February.  At the rookery in Stick Marsh, they cn be found along with herons, egrets, and anhinga .  They stand out due to their coloration, which is pink from their diet of shrimp and other aquatic invertabrates, and also because of the unique shape of their bill.  

Their bill is used to sweep from side to side in the mud feeling for the food.

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #ajaia ajaja #bird photography #florida #nature photography #roseate spoonbill #sony a1 #stick marsh #wildlife photography indian river county https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/ibis-family-member Mon, 21 Feb 2022 13:20:09 GMT
Reflections https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/reflections ReflectionsReflections

 

These water lilies can be found in temperate and tropical climates around the world.  They grow in ponds, canals and slow moving water.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #floral photography #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nature photography #vero beach #waterlilies https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/reflections Fri, 18 Feb 2022 13:31:40 GMT
In the Garden https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/in-the-garden In the GardenIn the Garden

 

Whenever I find a quiet spot with flowing water, I let the stress go with the flow. It is a magical feeling.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #waterfall https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/in-the-garden Thu, 17 Feb 2022 13:31:19 GMT
Who Knows Where https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/who-knows-where Who Knows WhereWho Knows Where

 

Along the side of one of the many trails in Mckee Botanical Gardens while exploring for waterlilies.  It is a bit early for the blooms, but I did find a few.  Stay tuned as they will soon be showing up there and join my web site.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nature photography #the garden entrance #the pergola #vero beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/who-knows-where Wed, 16 Feb 2022 12:44:22 GMT
Finished Feeding https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/finished-feeding Finished FeedingFinished Feeding

 

These brown pelicans often can be found as part of a colony nesting in trees.

This is where they also rest when not flying in a V formation or skimming th tops of waves looking for an easy meal.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #brown pelican #florida #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/finished-feeding Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:53:13 GMT
Florida Resident https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/florida-resident Florida ResidentFlorida Resident

 

This Plegadis falcinellus, otherwise known as a glossy ibis, is about 2 feet in length.  In winter the adult wings and body are dark green and the head and neck are a brownish color.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #glossy ibis #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/florida-resident Mon, 14 Feb 2022 13:42:46 GMT
Whistling Skein https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/whistling-skein Whistling SkeinWhistling Skein

 

These boisterous black bellied whistling ducks were calm floating on a small pond and suddenly burst up overhead.  It wasn't me that spooked them and I never saw any predators nearby, but it made for a good opportunity to capture them in flight.

Apparently this is normal behavior as it happened a few more times in the thirty minutes I was there.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #black bellied whistling ducks #florida #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #whistling ducks #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/whistling-skein Fri, 11 Feb 2022 12:40:25 GMT
Dressed in Pink https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/dressed-in-pink Dressed in PinkDressed in Pink

 

This roseate spoonbill is a member of the Ibis Family.  It is resident in Florida where it lives in the coastal flats, lagoons and marshes.  On rare occasions it can be found inland.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #roseate spoonbill #sony a1 #vero beach #waste water treatment plant site #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/dressed-in-pink Thu, 10 Feb 2022 12:29:46 GMT
The Raft https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/the-raft The RaftThe Raft

 

This flock, or "raft" of black-bellied whistling ducks was very boisterous.It often is referred to as part duck and part goose because of its strange appearance and behavior.

They graze in fields like geese and nest in trees like wood ducks.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #black bellied whistling ducks #florida #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #whistling ducks #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/the-raft Wed, 09 Feb 2022 14:04:32 GMT
Grus Canadensis https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/grus-canadensis Grus CanadensisGrus Canadensis

 

A sandhill crane looking for a meal - - mainly seeds and tubers - - located in a wetland area west of Vero Beach.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #sandhill crane #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/grus-canadensis Tue, 08 Feb 2022 13:44:40 GMT
Entering the Gardens https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/entering-the-gardens Entering the GardensEntering the Gardens

 

Entering the local botanical gardens to see what lies ahead.  There are a variety of trails and ponds.  It also hosts the state's largest collection of waterlilies.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nature photography #the garden entrance #the pergola #vero beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/entering-the-gardens Mon, 07 Feb 2022 13:49:44 GMT
I See You https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/i-see-you I See YouI See You

 

While bucks and does normally remain separate from each other except during the mating season the doe was feeding about 50 feet from a 6 point buck.  The buck feeds here regularly, but until now has been a loner whenever it visits to feed.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #deer #doe #Michigan #nature photography #nikon #sony a1 #virginia deer #whitetail deer #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/i-see-you Sat, 05 Feb 2022 12:34:57 GMT
Like a Rainbow https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/like-a-rainbow Like a RainbowLike a Rainbow

 

Although I do not particularly like bird photos with man made devices in them,

i thought this capture really showed off all the colors of this male painted bunting so you could experience it if you never have seen one.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #male painted bunting #nature photography #sony #vero beach #wildlife photography male painted bunting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/like-a-rainbow Fri, 04 Feb 2022 11:56:56 GMT
Passing By https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/passing-by Passing ByPassing By

 

These ring billed gulls had just returned from a mornings catch offshore and had returned to the beach to preen themselves.  The ruddy turnstone decided it was time to move on a give the gulls some space.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) "#bird photography" "#nature photography" "#ring billed gulls" "#sony a1" "#wildlife photography" #florida #ruddy turnstone #south beach #vero beach florida shorebirds on beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/passing-by Thu, 03 Feb 2022 14:55:33 GMT
Great Expectations https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/great-expectations Great ExpectationsGreat Expectations

 

Given the action of the water coming out of this pipe, it appears as though this Great Blue Heron expected its dinner to just pop up for an easy catch.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #broward county #florida #great #nature photography #sony a1 #viera wetlands #wildlife photography blue heron on outlet pipe" water https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/great-expectations Wed, 02 Feb 2022 13:07:09 GMT
Wild Orchids https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/wild-orchids Wild Orchids

 

Epiphytes are a fascinating group of plants, which include many species from the  bromeliad family and the orchid family. Epiphytes are “air” plants that survive on moisture and nutrients in the atmosphere. They just use trees as anchors where the right conditions of light and moisture are being met.

I found these on an afternoon walk in Vero beach, FL.
 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #epiphytes #floral photography #florida #landscape photography #nature photography #orchids #orchids growing on trees #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/wild-orchids Tue, 01 Feb 2022 12:40:44 GMT
Goin' Fishing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/goin-fishing Goin' FishingGoin' Fishing

 

For the sake of this fisherman, hopefully the clouds on the horizon are the aftermath of the passing storm last night and not an indication of more rough weather to come today.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #atlantic ocean #fishing the atlantic #florida #heading out to fish #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #north #sunrise hutchinson island" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/goin-fishing Mon, 31 Jan 2022 15:18:35 GMT
Color in Motion https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/color-in-motion Color in MotionColor in Motion

 

With a hawk perched nearby and several grackles and blackbirds flying around, the painted buntings were very careful around the feeding area this particular morning.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #flying painted bunting #nature photography #sony #vero beach #wildlife photography male painted bunting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/color-in-motion Fri, 28 Jan 2022 14:37:02 GMT
Mimus polyglots https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/mimus-polyglots Mimus polyglotsMimus polyglots

 

As soon as the red tail hawk departed this courageous mockingbird to up the high perch to see who it might target to chase.  They do chase other birds and eventually this one started to drive others away from the feeding grounds.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature #northern mockingbird #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/mimus-polyglots Thu, 27 Jan 2022 15:25:26 GMT
Birds of Prey https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/birds-of-prey Birds of PreyBirds of Prey

 

Circling while seeking its prey.  Once found, the osprey dives quickly, talons extended and rarely misses.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # #bird photography #broward county #nature photography #osprey in flight #raptor #viera wetlands #wildlife photography florida https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/birds-of-prey Wed, 26 Jan 2022 12:52:08 GMT
Changing Conditions https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/changing-conditions Changing ConditionsChanging Conditions

 

It was overcast, and pretty windy with temperatures in the mid-50's, While a bit chilly, Schatzi and I enjoyed our morning exploratory walk.  Schatzi has now taken to cashing shorebirds as opposed to squirrels as they are more plentiful targets here.

If you look closely, there is one brave shorebird in the lower right corner that held its ground as we approached. 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #indian river county #landscape photography #nature photography #sony a1 #south beach #vero beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/changing-conditions Tue, 25 Jan 2022 12:09:00 GMT
All Lit Up https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/all-lit-up All Lit UpAll Lit Up

 

The light was very bright with a perfectly clear sky, so the male painted bunting's colors really showed off.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #flying painted bunting #nature photography #sony #vero beach #wildlife photography male painted bunting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/all-lit-up Mon, 24 Jan 2022 12:50:03 GMT
Who's Your Daddy https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/whos-your-daddy Who's Your DaddyWho's Your Daddy

 

Here's a brave little lizard (brown anole) riding on the nose of a 'gator.  Fortunately it was a lawn ornament and not the real thing or the lizard may not have enjoyed its sunbath for long.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #brown anole #florida #iguanid family #lizard riding alligator #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/whos-your-daddy Sun, 23 Jan 2022 14:31:15 GMT
Hunting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/hunting HuntingHunting

 

This red tailed hawk took the highest perch available in readiness to strike an unsuspecting feeding bird or rodent.

Interesting how it found a look alike statue for a perch.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #sony a1 #bird photography #florida #hawk perched on statue #nature photography #vero beach #wildlife photography red tail hawk https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/hunting Fri, 21 Jan 2022 12:11:27 GMT
Water Landing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/water-landing Water LandingWater Landing

 

Softly touching down to join the other white pelicans feeding nearby on the intracoastal waterway.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #indian river #intracoastal waterway #nature photography #sony a1 #white pelican landing #wildlife photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/water-landing Thu, 20 Jan 2022 12:35:00 GMT
Northern Cardinal https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/northern-cardinal Northern CardinalNorthern Cardinal

 

I see these beautiful birds pretty much wherever I travel in the US, but the setting was a bit different so I couldn't resist another capture.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #northern cardinal #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/northern-cardinal Wed, 19 Jan 2022 20:08:51 GMT
Anolis Sagrei https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/anolis-sagrei Anolis SagreiAnolis Sagrei

 

This male Brown Anole lizard, which is very common on both coasts of Florida, is seen displaying its reddish-orange throat fan.  They are very active by day and can be found easily in their habitat beneath shrubs and trees.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #brown anole #florida #iguanid family #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/anolis-sagrei Wed, 19 Jan 2022 12:59:12 GMT
Lurking https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/lurking LurkingLurking

 

Looking docile when floating around the lake, but 'gators can be very aggressive and vicious when approached.  Sitting in a low-sided boat got me up close and personal, but fortunately not too close.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alligator #blue cypress lake #brown anole #florida #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/lurking Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:46:13 GMT
Florida Resident https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/florida-resident Florida ResidentFlorida Resident

 

Lots of these black skimmers were resting on the beach along with a multitude of other gulls and terns.  One big happy family.

 

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Squid Lips https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/squid-lips Squid Lips

 

From the name of the restaurant to the signage, you know you are going to relax and have fun while enjoying the outdoor atmosphere and good food.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #sony a1 #squid lips restaurant #street photography #watrescape photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/squid-lips Sat, 15 Jan 2022 14:19:43 GMT
Morning Breaks https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/morning-breaks Morning BreaksMorning Breaks

 

Off to the beach to watch the birds, the waves,  the treasure seekers, the fishermen and ,of course, the sun bathers.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #indian river county #landscape photography #nature #sony a1 #vero beach .#florida photography" to the beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/morning-breaks Fri, 14 Jan 2022 13:21:37 GMT
The Way It Was https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/the-way-it-was The Way It WasThe Way It Was

 

After continuing to go deeper into the area, I must admit, I gave up after the first two dozen mosquito bites.

That doesn't mean I won't return to continue exploring, but definitely will be better prepared next time.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #Florida the way it was #florida untouched #indian river #landscape photography #nature photography #oslo river conservation area #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/the-way-it-was Thu, 13 Jan 2022 12:52:53 GMT
Back in Time https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/back-in-time Back in TimeBack in Time

 

Heading into a new area to explore an relatively untouched area.  Looks like a totally unspoiled, untouched area.  Wonder what may be lurking here as I go deeper.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #Florida the way it was #florida untouched #indian river #landscape photography #nature photography #oslo river conservation area #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/back-in-time Wed, 12 Jan 2022 11:01:06 GMT
Going Deeper https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/going-deeper Going DeeperGoing Deeper

 

Continuing along the trail while checking for creepy crawly things on the ground.  It sure is silent.  Not even a bird singing.  Wonder what surprises may be waiting farther down the trail.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #Florida the way it was #florida untouched #indian river #landscape photography #nature photography #oslo river conservation area #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/going-deeper Tue, 11 Jan 2022 11:42:21 GMT
Deep in Nature https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/deep-in-nature Deep in NatureDeep in Nature

 

The sound of silence is "deafening".  About the only thing stirring are the dragonflies and there seem to be hundreds flying everywhere.  of course, where there are dragonflies, there are mosquitoes.

The dragonflies feast on the mosquitoes and the mosquitoes feast on me. Great example of the "law of the jungle". 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #Florida the way it was #florida untouched #indian river #landscape photography #nature photography #oslo river conservation area #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/deep-in-nature Mon, 10 Jan 2022 13:43:09 GMT
Sneak Peak https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/sneak-peak Sneak PeakSneak Peak

 

Another day, another boardwalk.  Only this time, I know there I am headed.  It's a beach exploration to check out the surroundings for photography and for taking Schatzi for new adventures.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #florida the way it was #indian river county #landscape photography #nature photography #sony a1 #south beach #vero beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/sneak-peak Fri, 07 Jan 2022 12:15:07 GMT
Unknown Path https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/unknown-path Unknown PathUnknown Path

 

Following the Florida nature trails with absolutely no idea of what may be around the next bend.  Mysterious and full of expectations.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #florida the way it was #florida untouched #indian river #landscape photography #nature photography #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/unknown-path Thu, 06 Jan 2022 11:42:40 GMT
Daybreak https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/daybreak DaybreakDaybreak

 

Just after sunrise on a rare overcast morning.  Here I don't consider it dark and gloomy, but an opportunity to capture a moment in nature that never twill be repeated.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #indian river county #landscape photography #nature photography #sony a1 #south beach #vero beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/daybreak Wed, 05 Jan 2022 14:37:44 GMT
Looking for Lunch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/looking-for-lunch Looking for LunchLooking for Lunch

 

This American Alligator, formally known as Alligator Mississippinsis, tens to hibernate in the cooler months in Florida.  As this season has been warmer than normal, the 'gators have been more active.

While some think it is docile, when approached  or surprised that are dangerous and vicious.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alligator #broward county #cruising gator #florida #nature photography #reptiles #sony a1 #viera wetlands #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/looking-for-lunch Tue, 04 Jan 2022 13:19:10 GMT
Sandpiper Family https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/sandpiper-family Sandpiper FamilySandpiper Family

 

Off by itself, this Ruddy Turnstone inhabits the beaches of Florida.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce inlet #nature photography #shorebirds #sony a1 #wildlife photography ruddy turnstone https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/sandpiper-family Mon, 03 Jan 2022 14:22:17 GMT
To the Beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/to-the-beach To the BeachTo the Beach

 

Another early morning adventure on the beach.   Schatzi already understands what lies ahead and is getting ready for her "sniff walk" to pick up scents from every square inch of beach.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #indian river county #landscape photography #nature photography #sony a1 #south beach #vero beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/to-the-beach Fri, 31 Dec 2021 14:38:00 GMT
Great Egret https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/great-egret Great EgretGreat Egret

 

This egret was patiently awaiting the ebb and flow of the tide to bring its potential meal to it.  Apparently it was saving its energy and only flew from rock to rock to seek its prey.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce inlet #nature photography #sony a1 #wading birds #wildlife photography birdss https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/great-egret Thu, 30 Dec 2021 14:07:29 GMT
Before Sunrise https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/before-sunrise Before SunriseBefore Sunrise

 

Sneaked away a little earlier this morning while my ladies were soundly sleeping.  Most days have had no cloud coverage so I didn't want to miss the opportunity to capture a unique sunrise.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #indian river county #landscape photography #nature photography #sony a1 #south beach #vero beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/before-sunrise Wed, 29 Dec 2021 12:52:43 GMT
Juvenile https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/juvenile JuvenileJuvenile

 

This little egret can be identified as a juvenile due to its yellow legs which will become all black (like the front part) in adulthood.

This one, already was an adult in its own mind as it chased away all others trying to encroach on its spot.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce boat ramp #little egret #nature photography #sony a1 #wading birdss #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/juvenile Tue, 28 Dec 2021 13:55:53 GMT
Ready to Strike https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/ready-to-strike Ready to StrikeReady to Strike

 

This great egret was patiently awaiting an unsuspecting fish to come a bit closer before enjoying its next meal.  A perfect example of the expression "patience is a virtue" or perhaps in this case "patience pays off".

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce boat ramp #great egret #heron #nature photography #shorebirds #sony a1 #wading birds #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/ready-to-strike Mon, 27 Dec 2021 12:55:34 GMT
6 Point Buck https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/6-point-buck 6 Point Buck6 Point Buck

 

White-tailed deer  feed starting before dawn until a few hours after the sun has risen, and again in the late afternoon until dusk.

They communicate through sound, odor, body language, and
marking with scratches. When alarmed, a White-tailed deer
will raise its tail to warn other deer. It is the white underside of their tail that gives them their name.  Basically that's all you see when the cut and run.
 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #buck #deer #Michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #virginia deer #whitetail deer #wildlife photography 6 point buck https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/6-point-buck Fri, 24 Dec 2021 13:00:58 GMT
Flight Formation https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/flight-formation Flight FormationFlight Formation

 

These black skimmerss were part of a flock of mixed shorebirds that I encountered on a quiet beach protected by a rock barrier.  They appeared to be the largest of the mixed group.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce inlet #nature photography #royal terns in flight #shorebirds #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/flight-formation Thu, 23 Dec 2021 12:52:49 GMT
Arenaria interpres https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/arenaria-interpres Arenaria interpresArenaria interpres

 

My first encounter with a Ruddy Turnstone.  This bird inhabits beaches and mudflats, so I was surprised I never had encountered one before.  Well, maybe I did, but never knew it.

Thanks to my photo guru, Jeff Wendorff, I got the identification.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce inlet #nature photography #shorebirds #sony a1 #wildlife photography ruddy turnstone https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/arenaria-interpres Wed, 22 Dec 2021 15:05:04 GMT
Landing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/landing LandingLanding

 

Incoming brown pelican as it landed.  The wingspread is what caught my attention.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #brown pelican #florida #fort pierce boat ramp #nature photography #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/landing Tue, 21 Dec 2021 13:04:08 GMT
Egret in Flight https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/egret-in-flight Egret in FlightEgret in Flight

 

I was relaxing watching egrets fish along the rocky shoreline along the Fort Pierce inlet.  Theyir wingspread of about 4 feet, always make them an interesting subject.

They recognized as part of the heron by their deep croak.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce inlet #nature photography #shorebirds #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/egret-in-flight Mon, 20 Dec 2021 13:11:42 GMT
Touch Down https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/touch-down Touch DownTouch Down

 

I always have found Florida's brown pelicans interesting as they circle and dive for their meals.  Their flying formations also make for some good photo opportunities.

This time i was fortunate to have one come in for a landing straight at me.  For me it was exciting to be  able to capture the moment just before it broke the surface of the water.  I never realized that they tipped their feet back at an angle as they landed.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #brown pelican landing #florida #fort pierce boat ramp #nature photography #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/touch-down Fri, 17 Dec 2021 14:44:11 GMT
Scattering https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/scattering ScatteringScattering

 

As I was settling into position and slowly approaching this group of shorebirds, including laughing gulls, black skimmers, royal terns and a couple of ruddy turnstones, they suddenly took off and scattered.  I couldn't figure out why as i was trying not to disturb them.

When I turned around, someone, with a cell phone of course, had walked rapidly up behind me to take a snapshot.  

I know you will find this hard to believe, but I did not say a word.  I knew the birds would be back when the  @#%$ left.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce inlet #nature photography #shorebirds #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/scattering Thu, 16 Dec 2021 13:42:27 GMT
Birdmania https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/birdmania BirdmaniaBirdmania

 

There were so many shorebirds coming and going, I was beginning to wonder if Alfred Hitchcock's spirit was present.  It felt like I was in the movie "The Birds".

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce inlet #nature photography #shorebirds #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/birdmania Wed, 15 Dec 2021 13:45:59 GMT
Busy Bee https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/busy-bee Busy BeeBusy Bee

 

And the work goes on throughout the year down here.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bee on bloom #florida" #indian river county #landscape photography #pollinating bee #sony a1 #vero beach nature photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/busy-bee Tue, 14 Dec 2021 13:01:39 GMT
Rise and Shine https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/rise-and-shine Rise and ShineRise and Shine

 

A great example of the golden hour when the sun spotlights a perfect hibiscus bloom.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #flower photography #hibiscus bloom #landscape photography #nature photography #pink hibiscus #sony #winter blooms a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/rise-and-shine Mon, 13 Dec 2021 13:15:31 GMT
Raindrops Keeps Falling https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/raindrops-keeps-falling Raindrops Keep FallingRaindrops Keep Falling

 

As the day was breaking, there was a brief break between the rain showers.  Couldn't resit the opportunity to capture the raindrops showing off on the flowers.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #flower photography #hibiscus bloom #landscape photography #nature photography #sony a1 #winter blooms #yellow hibiscus https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/raindrops-keeps-falling Fri, 10 Dec 2021 13:31:42 GMT
Bouganvillea https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/bouganvillea BouganvilleaBouganvillea

 

The "flowers" of the Bougainvillea, are actually modified leaves, called bracts, that are long-lasting and bright. Like the poinsettia plant, the bracts outshine the plant's true, tiny, white flower which appear off and on throughout most of the year.  The flowers are more plentiful in the winter.
 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bouganvillea #florida #flower photography #landscape photography #nature photography #viny plants #winter blooms https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/bouganvillea Thu, 09 Dec 2021 13:28:23 GMT
Preening https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/preening PreeningPreening

 

 

The Little Blue Heron is probably a close relative of the Snowy Egret.  Like  the Snowy Egret, it is all white when it is young but molts to a dark slate-blue plumage all over as an adult.

 They have a rich purple-maroon head and neck and dark grey/blue body. They have yellow eyes, yellow/greenish legs and that is pale blue at the base and black at the tip. 

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue heron #florida #little blue heron #nature photography #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/preening Wed, 08 Dec 2021 13:15:23 GMT
Feet First https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/feet-first Feet FirstFeet First

 

When flying, the white pelicans soar on their wide black-tipped white wings.  A flock of these pelicans when migrating is impressive as each bird appears to take the cue from the one in front of it, starting to flap and beginning a glide when the bird in front does. 

Their landings also are impressive and create quite a splash, especially when they are multiples at the same time.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #pelicans #white #wildlife photography ."#sony a1" pelicans" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/feet-first Tue, 07 Dec 2021 14:04:43 GMT
Landing Approach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/landing-approach Landing ApproachLanding Approach

 

The American white pelican is one of the largest of North American birds with a wingspan of about 9 feet.  Their overall length ranges from 4 feet to 5 1/2 feet and they weigh in at about 10 - 20 pounds.

 

They are almost big enough to appear prehistoric.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #pelicans #white #wildlife photography ."#sony a1" pelicans" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/landing-approach Mon, 06 Dec 2021 13:20:23 GMT
"Ebony and Ivory" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/ebony-and-ivory "Ebony and Ivory""Ebony and Ivory"

 

White pelicans feed differently than brown pelicans. The brown pelicans dive on the fish. The white pelicans float on the surface, submerge their heads and scoop up fish. They tend to fish in small groups, herding the fish in front of them and encircling them.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #pelicans #sony a1 #white pelicans #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/ebony-and-ivory Fri, 03 Dec 2021 12:29:34 GMT
White Pelican https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/white-pelican White PelicanWhite Pelican

 

The brown pelican is found year-round in Florida. Adult white pelicans are winter visitors to the state. During the summertime, white pelicans can be found in their breeding grounds - - on lakes in the interior of western Canada and the northwestern U.S.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #pelicans #sony 'a1 #waterfowl #white pelicans #wildlife photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/white-pelican Thu, 02 Dec 2021 12:25:47 GMT
The Gathering https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/the-gathering The GatheringThe Gathering

 

There are several names for groups of pelicans. These include squadrons, pods, scoops and briefs.

For me, after watching them fly in formation, I like "squadron".

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #pelicans #sony a1 #white pelicans #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/the-gathering Wed, 01 Dec 2021 12:17:13 GMT
Balancing Act https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/balancing-act Balancing ActBalancing Act

 

 

The Little Blue Heron is a stand-and-wait predator as opposed to being a   predator that dashes around looking for its prey.  They patiently stand and watch the water for fish and other small morsels. They periodically change locations by walking slowly as this one does on a nearby boat lift on a daily basis.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue heron #florida #little blue heron #nature photography #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/balancing-act Tue, 30 Nov 2021 13:06:20 GMT
Soaring https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/soaring SoaringSoaring

 

 

Of the 8 species of Pelicans, only the Brown Pelican lives primarily on coastal shores and is one of only two of the species that dramatically dive for their food. They can spot fish from 60-70 feet over the water and often dive from that height. as well. 

They can live from 10 to 30 years and although endangered about 35 years ago they now number around 650,000 here in the U.S.


They  use their pouches to catch fish(not store them). After draining the water from their pouch they swallow their catch.

Their beaks can hold more water than their stomachs

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #brown pelican #florida #nature photography #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/soaring Mon, 29 Nov 2021 16:44:28 GMT
"Mergie" Female https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/mergie-female "Mergie" Female"Mergie" Female

 

More formally known as a female Hooded Merganser, this small member of the merganser species is very adept at diving  and catching fish in open water lakes, ponds and wetlands.

The female Hooded Merganser is drabber in color.  She sports
a large crest in a rusty color compared to the males black and white hood. 

Hooded Mergansers can be found throughout most of the United States, and are the only member of the Merganser species with a range restricted
to North America. 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #hooded mergansers #michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/mergie-female Mon, 29 Nov 2021 13:32:26 GMT
"Mergie" Male https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/mergie-male "Mergie" Male"Mergie" Male

 

More formally known as the Hooded Merganser or officially as the Lophodytes cucullatus.  It is the smallest of the merganser duck species.

The male male has delineated color patches. They have olive-brown sides,  a black back with white stripes and a white breast. Its head is black with bright yellow eyes and a huge crest that is white with a black border.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #hooded mergansers #michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/mergie-male Fri, 26 Nov 2021 12:20:20 GMT
Dinnertime https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/dinnertime DinnertimeDinnertime

 

Our wetland was trimmed down to the legal limit last week and the deer have become exposed.  This buck returns daily to feed on the cuttings, and I guess, whatever else it desires as it is the largest to come by on a daily basis.

Bucks and does remain separate from each other except during the mating
season. Bucks usually live alone or within small groups alongside other bucks. Here they usually are seen solo.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #buck #deer #nature photography #sony a1 #virginia deer #whitetail deer #wildlife photography 6 point buck https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/dinnertime Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:48:05 GMT
"Lefty" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/lefty "Lefty""Lefty"

 

This whitetail buck should have been a 6 pointer, but lost half its rack.  I have been walking the trails looking for the other half, but no success.

 

The whitetails have multiple significantly this year and while the does and the bucks remain apart it has not been unusual to have 8 or 10 visitors a day.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #buck #deer #nature photography #sony a1 #virginia #whitetail deer #wildlife photography buck" deer" horned one https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/lefty Tue, 23 Nov 2021 12:15:30 GMT
Falling Leaves https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/falling-leaves Falling LeavesFalling Leaves

 

And here we are again.  The wind has started, the rains are coming in and the leaves are falling down all around us.  Look closely and you can see them dropping.

Not looking forward to the weather patterns for the next several months.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #color change #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/falling-leaves Mon, 22 Nov 2021 12:40:27 GMT
Country Roads 3 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/country-roads-3 Country Roads 3Country Roads 3

 

Cresting this hill brought us another beautiful scene.  This time there was no traffic in either direction so I could spend in the middle of the road taking it all n.  Of course, I had to trust my wife to watch for traffic behind me, but I've been doing that for 50 years so I didn't think it was high risk.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #color change #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/country-roads-3 Sat, 20 Nov 2021 12:55:40 GMT
Country Roads 2 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/country-roads-2 Country Roads 2Country Roads 2

 

Another back road and another beautiful encounter with the world around us.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #color change #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/country-roads-2 Tue, 16 Nov 2021 22:01:38 GMT
Country Roads 1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/country-roads-1 Country Roads 1Country Roads 1

 

The beginning of our Sunday afternoon adventure exploring the local are to take in the beauty of the season surrounding us.  This was our first stop about 45 minutes from home.  We continued on for about another hour, but unfortunately got rerouted due to road repairs (which is continuous in Michigan) and could not get to our next planned stop.  Maybe next year.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #color change #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/country-roads-1 Fri, 12 Nov 2021 11:16:24 GMT
Fall Colors https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/fall-colors Fall ColorsFall Colors

 

When the sun breaks through the overhead branches the fall colors really glow.  Nature's pallet is amazing.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #color change #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/fall-colors Thu, 11 Nov 2021 14:34:48 GMT
Autumn in Michigan https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/autumn-in-michigan Autumn in MichiganAutumn in Michigan

 

Before the wind and the rain rolled in and pretty much stripped the trees, we had the opportunity to cruise around and take in the beauty surrounding us. Hope you enjoy it because we certainly did.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #color change #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/autumn-in-michigan Wed, 10 Nov 2021 10:41:13 GMT
Start of Color https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/start-of-color Start of ColorStart of Color

 

This is where it begins.  I watch the colors begin to change at home, and then begin exploring the back roads and the local nature areas to try and catch peak color.  Always a rewarding experience.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #color change #fall colors #lake reflections #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/start-of-color Tue, 09 Nov 2021 15:10:01 GMT
Eastern Bluebird https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/eastern-bluebird Eastern BluebirdEastern Bluebird

 

We had the good fortune to visit Pawleys Island South Carolina for a couple of months before we had to ruch home and sequester in light of the pandemic.  Fortunately our timing was right and we made the trip just before all the restaurants shut down along the route.

 

Hopefully we will be able to head that way again in the near future.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #nature photography #pawleys island #perching birds #songbirds #south carolina #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/eastern-bluebird Mon, 08 Nov 2021 14:05:05 GMT
Practice Landing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/practice-landing Practice LandingPractice Landing

 

Lots of gulls in action.  This one stood out as it was doing "touch and go" landings like a pilot in training.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #berry lake #bird photography #gulls #michigan #nature photography #ring-billed gull #robert long nature park #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/practice-landing Fri, 05 Nov 2021 10:29:13 GMT
Clean Up Crew https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/clean-up-crew Clean Up CrewClean Up Crew

 

Always on the lookout for an easy meal, these birds feed on carrion and help keep our roads clean.  They always are on the lookout for roadkill.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #birds of prey #nature photography #nikon #sigma #southcarolina #vultures #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/clean-up-crew Wed, 03 Nov 2021 09:55:25 GMT
Lazy River https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/lazy-river Lazy RiverLazy River

 

Found a break between the rainstorms to get out surrounded by my favorite things in life - - my wife, my dog and my camera.  Could not ask for any more to make my day.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #berry lake #flowing water #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #robert long nature park #waterfall https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/lazy-river Tue, 02 Nov 2021 12:11:34 GMT
Fanned Out https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/fanned-out Fanned OutFanned Out

 

These birds are very nomadic and can be found throughout the US.  They are commonly found at feeders.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #finches #house finch #michigan #nature photography #nikon #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/fanned-out Mon, 01 Nov 2021 10:05:16 GMT
Eye of the Pumpkin https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/eye-of-the-pumpkin Eye of the PumpkinEye of the Pumpkin

 

Just one of many works of art created by my niece-in-law Jennifer who is amazingly creative.  Val & Jennifer's home is on display in Huntington Woods and if you like Halloween, you are going to absolutely love the decorations.

This weekend they are having a special showing to support  Ronald McDonald House of Detroit where Jennifer id the Executive Director.

Don't miss out.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #halloween #halloween decorations #halloween display #huntington woods #michigan https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/eye-of-the-pumpkin Sat, 30 Oct 2021 13:14:19 GMT
The Catch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/the-catch The CatchThe Catch

 

After standing motionless - - that's the both of us -- for quite some time, this egret was rewarded with an unsuspecting fish swimming in shallow water near the shoreline.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #egret with fish #michigan #nature photography #sony #waterfowl #white egret #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/the-catch Fri, 29 Oct 2021 10:23:12 GMT
Kite in Flight https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/kite-in-flight Kite in FlightKite in Flight

 

This raptor is fast and accurate when after its prey.  The best way to describe it is as swoop[ing down. talons extended with a quick grab and then flying away with some unlucky creature in its grasp.  fascinating to watch and lucky to capture.
 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # birds of prey #awendaw center for birds of prey #bird photography #nature photography #nikon #raptors #southcarolina" #wildlife #wildlife photography #yellow-billed kite https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/kite-in-flight Thu, 28 Oct 2021 14:44:39 GMT
Bashful https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/bashful BashfulBashful

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #berry lake #bird photography #gulls #michigan #nature photography #ring-billed gull #robert long nature park #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/bashful Wed, 27 Oct 2021 09:44:08 GMT
Eyes on You https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/eyes-on-you Eyes on YouEyes on You

 

This bird of prey has a very varied diet.  It will feed on just about any prey that is small enough to be captured and eaten.  It also will feed on road kill.

Finally, it has been known to swoop down and steal food right out of your hand.  That's a moment I would love to capture; especially the look on the face of the person when it happened.
 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # birds of prey #awendaw center for birds of prey #bird photography #nature photography #raptors #southcarolina #wildlife "#wildlife photography" "#yellow-billed kite" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/eyes-on-you Tue, 26 Oct 2021 12:41:16 GMT
Stalking https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/stalking StalkingStalking

 

Standing motionless near the shoreline plants, this white egret was well camouflaged to await an unsuspecting creature for a meal.  For me, its stillness combined with the calm water provided an opportunity to capture a perfect reflection.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #fishing egret #florida #great white egret #nature photography #nikon #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/stalking Mon, 25 Oct 2021 10:41:28 GMT
Anhinga https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/anhinga AnhingaAnhinga

 

I heard a grunt and located this tropical waterbird found in Florida.  The Anhinga often is referred to as the snakebird.  It stabs its prey in the side with its long, sharp beak and then flips it into its waiting open mouth.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #nature photography #nikon #waterfowl.#snakebird #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/anhinga Fri, 22 Oct 2021 12:50:17 GMT
Early Autumn https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/early-autumn Early AutumnEarly Autumn

 

The air has begun to get chilly early morning, the leaves have begun to display their colors and the birds are congregating.  Winter is right around the corner.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #berry lak #fall colors #gulls #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #waterfowl https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/early-autumn Thu, 21 Oct 2021 14:28:01 GMT
Caracara https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/caracara CaracaraCaracara

 

The Caracara looks like a hawk, is related to falcons and behaves more like a vulture.  It also is very capable of killing living prey and can be found running down their prey on their long legs.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #birds of prey #crested caracara #florida #nature photography #raptors #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/caracara Wed, 20 Oct 2021 12:16:35 GMT
Great Blue https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/great-blue Great BlueGreat Blue

 

The Great Blue Heron is the largest and most widespread heron in North America.

It is a big bird, with a slate-gray body, chestnut and black accents, and very long legs and neck.

Great Blue Herons are very tall. They can stand 3 to 4.5 feet high.

In flight, the bird looks huge, with a six-foot wingspan.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue heron #heron #michigan #nature photography #waterfowl #wildlife<"#wildlife photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/great-blue Tue, 19 Oct 2021 12:37:06 GMT
Whistling Duck https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/whistling-duck Whistling DuckWhistling Duck

 

This Black Bellied Whistling Duck can be recognized by its brilliant pink bill and an unusual, long-legged silhouette.

It is an omnivore (it eats both plants and meat). Its diet is based on seed, grass, sedges, corn, rice, wheat, insects, spiders and snails.

Unlike other ducks, they spend a lot of time on limbs and in trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #black-bellied whistling duck #blue cypress lake #ducks #nature photography #waterfowl #wildlife photography florida https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/whistling-duck Mon, 18 Oct 2021 12:34:54 GMT
Rough Day https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/rough-day Rough DayRough Day

 

When there is a hurricane moving is just beyond the Gulf Stream, the waves keep building and the beach keeps getting smaller.  As it approaches, the wind gets stronger, thewaves get higher and the ocean keeps coming closer.

Great fun to photograph, but not so much fun when it hits landfall.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # landscape photography #crashing waves #florida #nature photography #nikon #ocean photography #waterscape photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/rough-day Fri, 15 Oct 2021 12:32:26 GMT
Nature's Palette https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/natures-palette Nature's PaletteNature's Palette

 

When the colors begin to peak in Michigan, the scenery gets better at every turn.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #fall #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/natures-palette Thu, 14 Oct 2021 10:50:18 GMT
River Runs Through https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/river-runs-through River Runs ThroughRiver Runs Through

 

Early fall in along the Huron River in Ann Arbor Michigan.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #ann arbor #autumn leaves #fall #fall colors #huron river #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/river-runs-through Wed, 13 Oct 2021 16:12:19 GMT
Over the Edge https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/over-the-edge Over the EdgeOver the Edge

 

Standing at the edge of Taquamenon Falls listening to the water roar.  Recent rains added to the rapid flow of the water making it even more dramatic.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #tahquamenon falls #upper peninsula mi #waterscape photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/over-the-edge Tue, 12 Oct 2021 09:50:24 GMT
The Rapids https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/the-rapids The RapidsThe Rapids

 

The river was running quickly as a result of recent rains making the rapids much more dramatic.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #tahquamenon falls #upper peninsula mi #waterfalls #waterscape photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/the-rapids Mon, 11 Oct 2021 13:46:16 GMT
Closer & Closer https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/closer-closer Closer & CloserCloser & Closer

 

Early stage of an approaching hurricane roiling the ocean and moving inland.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # landscape photography #crashing waves #florida #nature photography #nikon #ocean photography #water's edge #waterscape photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/closer-closer Fri, 08 Oct 2021 13:00:16 GMT
Standing Tall https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/standing-tall Standing TallStanding Tall

 

Even though I got a little wet trying to capture the best angle to isolate these blooms from those surrounding them, I was happy to have been able to capture the moment.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #nature photography # flower photography #flora #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nikon #vero beach florida #waterlily blossom https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/standing-tall Thu, 07 Oct 2021 12:58:53 GMT
"Hawkeye" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/hawkeye "Hawkeye""Hawkeye"

 

These hawks always are on alert looking for unsuspecting prey.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird #florida #nature photography #nikon #raptor #red tail hawk #vero beach #wildlife' #wildlife photography photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/hawkeye Wed, 06 Oct 2021 13:52:54 GMT
Cautious Predator https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/cautious-predator Cautious PredatorCautious Predator

 

Checking the area for possible prey or just checking around to ensure that there are no intruders close by.  Either way, stealth is required to get close enough to capture the shot.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #great blue heron #nature photography #nikon #viera wetland #waterfowl #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/cautious-predator Tue, 05 Oct 2021 13:21:50 GMT
Incoming https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/incoming IncomingIncoming

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #atlantic ocean #crashing waves #florida #nature photography #ocean photography #sandstone sculptures #waterscape photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/incoming Mon, 04 Oct 2021 12:51:37 GMT
Mirror Image https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/mirror-image Mirror ImageMirror Image

 

Sometimes there are opportunities to move around and get a perspective that shows off the true beauty of nature's creations.  The reflection provided an opportunity to show both sides of the bloom.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #nature photography # flower photography #flora #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nikon #vero beach florida #waterlily blossom https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/mirror-image Fri, 01 Oct 2021 14:30:19 GMT
High Lookout https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/high-lookout High LookoutHigh Lookout

 

It's lunchtime. Perched and watching for movement below.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #wildlife #bird photography #florida #nikon #waterfowl #white city park #wildlife photography "#nature photography" "#white heron" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/high-lookout Thu, 30 Sep 2021 12:24:45 GMT
Prehistoric Feeling https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/prehistoric-feeling Prehistoric FeelingPrehistoric Feeling

 

Wandering around  with the camera without a specific objective in mind, I found this old tree formation very interesting.  I don't know what you you see, but to my eyes it looked very much like a 'gator reaching out for a meal.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida" #fort pierce #landscape #nature photography #nikon #water reflections #white city park photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/prehistoric-feeling Wed, 29 Sep 2021 11:02:54 GMT
Up & Coming https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/up-coming Up & ComingUp & Coming

 

Waterlilies always present interesting photo opportunities to me.  This time the sun wa just right to capture the highlighted blooms as well as the multicolored pads below.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #nature photography # flower photography #flora #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nikon #vero beach florida #waterlily blossom https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/up-coming Tue, 28 Sep 2021 12:25:56 GMT
Daybreak on the Atlantic https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/daybreak-on-the-atlantic Daybreak on the AtlanticDaybreak on the Atlantic

 

Early morning with the ocean so calm it almost looks like a big lake.  Looking at the clouds building on the horizon this early in the morning tells me we could have some interesting weather - - thunderstorms - - later in the day.

Who knows, maybe I'll have the opportunity to photograph lightening later.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #landscape photography #nature photography #sunrise #sunrise over the atlantic #sunrise"#north hutchinson island" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/daybreak-on-the-atlantic Mon, 27 Sep 2021 12:47:14 GMT
Returning Home https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/returning-home Returning HomeReturning Home

 

After a long day of offshore fishing, this crew is returning home just before dark.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #indian river lagoon #intracoastal waterway #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #north hutchinson island #sunset #sunset on the indian river https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/returning-home Fri, 24 Sep 2021 10:14:09 GMT
Feeding Pelicans https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/feeding-pelicans Feeding PelicansFeeding Pelicans

 

The baitfish pods were riding the waves and the pelicans were cruising the tops of the waves and feasting on the bait pods.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #atlantic ocean #bird photography #florida #nikon #pelicans #pelicans fishing the ocean #waterfowl #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/feeding-pelicans Thu, 23 Sep 2021 13:49:24 GMT
Searching https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/searching SearchingSearching

 

Flying in circles lower and lower until the baitfish are sighted and then the diving begins.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #pelicans fishing the ocean #wildlife photography #atlantic ocean #bird photography #florida #nikon #pelicans #waterfowl #wildlife https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/searching Wed, 22 Sep 2021 13:40:48 GMT
Windswept https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/windswept WindsweptWindswept

 

Every evening brings a delightful natural painting.  Great way to relax with the last espresso of the day and watch the sun go down and nature's palette develop.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #indian river lagoon #intracoastal waterway #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #north hutchinson island #sunset #sunset on the indian river https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/windswept Tue, 21 Sep 2021 12:34:53 GMT
Wind & Waves https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/wind-waves Wind & WavesWind & Waves

 

The wind was blowing onshore, the birds were heading for safer ground and the waves were kicking up.  Nevertheless, I took my time and managed to capture the moment without getting too wet from the ocean spray. 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #crashing waves #florida #fort pierce inlet #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #north hutchinson island #waves crashing on rocks https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/wind-waves Mon, 20 Sep 2021 11:11:10 GMT
Hit the Brakes https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/hit-the-brakes Hit the BrakesHit the Brakes

 

As we enter the fall season and the temperatures cool down, the competition for nectar and the sugar/water at the bird feeders has intensified.  The yellow jackets have invaded during the past week or ten days and the hummingbirds appear to be very wary of getting to close to them.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # yellow jackets #bird photography #hummingbird in flight #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/hit-the-brakes Fri, 17 Sep 2021 14:11:09 GMT
Patient Fisherman https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/patient-fisherman Patient FishermanPatient Fisherman

 

First time I ever have seen a Green Heron visit behind our home.  Although a juvenile, its instincts were obviously fine tuned as it picked the perfect perch to observe and wait for its next meal to swim nearby.

Unfortunately it saw me before it saw a meal and quickly departed.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #buforides virescens #green heron #juvenile heron #michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #wading birds .#wildlife photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/patient-fisherman Thu, 16 Sep 2021 12:18:50 GMT
End of Day https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/end-of-day End of DayEnd of Day

 

This particular evening the sunset was almost like fire in the sky.  What blessing to be able to observe this view every evening from our balcony.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #indian river lagoon #intracoastal waterway #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #north hutchinson island #river view #sunset #sunset on the indian river https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/end-of-day Wed, 15 Sep 2021 12:39:13 GMT
Ouch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/ouch OuchOuch

 

Looks like the yellow jacket may have stung the hummingbird as the hummingbird appears to be jumping off the feeder and quickly departing.  Either that, or the hummingbird is making a great escape.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony a1 #wildlife photography hummingbird in flight https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/ouch Tue, 14 Sep 2021 13:21:43 GMT
The Bird & the Bee https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/the-bird-the-bee The Bird & the BeeThe Bird & the Bee

 

The yellow jackets have now discovered the sugar water in the hummingbird feeder and seem to be bothering every hummingbird that alights to feed.  The hummingbirds continue to stay  focused on their whereabouts as would we.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony a1 #wildlife photography hummingbird in flight https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/the-bird-the-bee Mon, 13 Sep 2021 10:13:33 GMT
Wary Approach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/wary-approach Wary ApproachWary Approach

 

The hummingbirds had occasionally stopped by the oriole feeder and sampled the grape jelly before moving on to their own feeders.  Recently, however, the yellow jackets have discovered the grape jelly and kept the birds away.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony a1 #wildlife photography hummingbird in flight https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/wary-approach Fri, 10 Sep 2021 12:04:53 GMT
Pollinator https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/pollinator PollinatorPollinator

 

So glad to have planted several butterfly bushes earlier this year.  They have been blooming for months and they attract, butterflies, bees and dragonflies.  Thinking about adding more next spring.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #butterfly bush flowers #flora #flower photography #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #pollinating bee #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/pollinator Thu, 09 Sep 2021 12:19:37 GMT
Spreading the Pollen https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/spreading-the-pollen Spreading the PollenSpreading the Pollen

 

This swallowtail was very actively spreading pollen from one flower to the next on our butterfly bushes.  Not only do they produce great, long lasting blooms they attract all kinds of butterflies, bees and dragonflies.  A great addition to the landscaping.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #flora #flower photography #insect photography #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #swallowtail butterflies #swallowtail gathering pollen #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/spreading-the-pollen Wed, 08 Sep 2021 12:22:08 GMT
High Noon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/high-noon High NoonHigh Noon

 

In the shade of the towering cottonwood trees, the sun broke through the branches and cast its light on one particular water lily.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #flora #flower photography #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #summertime flowers #sunlit water lily https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/high-noon Tue, 07 Sep 2021 12:52:45 GMT
The Great Pollinator https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/the-great-pollinator The Great PollinatorThe Great Pollinator

 

These ruby throated hummingbirds never slow down.  They are at the fire stick plant soon after sunrise and continue to return until dusk.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony a1 #wildlife photography hummingbird in flight https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/the-great-pollinator Mon, 06 Sep 2021 12:11:53 GMT
Not Just for Bees https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/not-just-for-bees Not Just for BeesNot Just for Bees

 

The bee balm plants are not only attracting the bees (no big surprise), but they also are attracting hummingbirds, monarch butterflies and now this swallowtail butterfly.  Thinking about adding more on the deck so we can enjoy them on all levels.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #butterflies #flora #flower photography #gathering pollen #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #swallowtail butterflies #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/not-just-for-bees Fri, 03 Sep 2021 10:28:20 GMT
Bee Balm & Bee https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/bee-balm-bee Bee Balm & BeeBee Balm & Bee

 

The bee balm that was transplanted from our deck last year to the lower level has taken hold and has started flowering.  The bees and the hummingbirds have discovered the plants and now are regular visitors.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bee balm flowers #bee gathering pollen #flora #flower photography #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/bee-balm-bee Thu, 02 Sep 2021 10:12:32 GMT
Whoopee! https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/9/whoopee Whoopee!Whoopee!

 

Trying to anticipate which direction the hummingbird will take always is a challenge.  Capturing one in flight coming straight on is a real reward.

 

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Refreshed https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/refreshed RefreshedRefreshed

 

These day lilies welcomed seemed to be refreshed by the early morning rain.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #day lily #flora #flower photography #flowers in the rain #garden flowers #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #summertime flowers https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/refreshed Tue, 31 Aug 2021 12:32:27 GMT
Milkweed & Monarch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/milkweed-monarch Milkweed & MonarchMilkweed & Monarch

 

The monarch butterflies have been very active recently flitting from one milkweed plant to another.  Hopefully this will lead to more monarchs and more milkweed plants next year.

 

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New Beginnings https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/new-beginnings New BeginningsNew Beginnings

 

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Multiple Choice https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/multiple-choice Multiple ChoiceMultiple Choice

 

This vermillion air or fire stick plant has produced hundreds of blossoms this season.  It has turned out to be the best in terms of providing constant color and feeding hummingbirds.  A real bonus to enjoy while sitting on the deck.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #hummingbird pollinating #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony a1 #wildlife photography hummingbird in flight https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/multiple-choice Thu, 26 Aug 2021 10:13:30 GMT
Times Two https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/times-two Times TwoTimes Two

 

When we first rescued Schatzi, and later adopted her, we were not sure if she could overcome all of her ailments.  Given her history and her age, we also were not sure about whether she might have some behavioral issues as she appeared to be very timid and afraid of fast movements and loud noises.

After more than a year in her new home, she has turned out to be the quietest, calmest and sweetest dog we ever have known.  She has made our house a home filling the void in our lives when our last rescue, Mannie, crossed the bridge.

Since we cannot clone her, this reflection will have to do for now.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #domestic animals #great lakes westie rescue #pet photography #rescue dogs wheaton scottish terrier https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/times-two Wed, 25 Aug 2021 13:39:22 GMT
Raindrops on My Bloom https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/raindrops-on-its-bloom Raindrops on My BloomRaindrops on My Bloom

 

I already was pretty wet from getting caught in a rainstorm at the Detroit Zoo. Figured I couldn't get much wetter so stopped to photograph a day lily welcoming the rain.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # day lily #flora #flower photography #flowers in the rain #garden flowers #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #summertime flowers https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/raindrops-on-its-bloom Tue, 24 Aug 2021 10:14:28 GMT
Evening Glow https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/evening-glow Evening GlowEvening Glow

 

As the sun sets in the sky, its fading rays cast light on the garden flowers.  It was like kissing them goodnight.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #flora #flower photography #flowers at sunset #garden flowers #landscape photography #marigolds #michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #summertime flowers https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/evening-glow Mon, 23 Aug 2021 13:11:03 GMT
Juvenile Gull https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/juvenile-gull Juvenile GullJuvenile Gull

 

While there were not a lot of birds out and about during our drive through the Shiawasee National Wildlife Refuge, at least the herring gulls were active giving me a chance to test the new camera gear.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # herring gulls #bird photography #gulls #michigan #nature photography #shiawasee national wildlife refuge #sony a1 #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/juvenile-gull Fri, 20 Aug 2021 09:39:58 GMT
Young Buck https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/young-buck Young BuckYoung Buck

 

This young, six point buck shows every morning with 2 or three young does to feed in the wetland behind our home.  Fortunately for us, the wetland is full of appetizing plants so they have left our planting alone.

Of course, when autumn comes and the wetland growth begins to get ready for winter, you know our bushes will get more appealing.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #michigan #nature photography #wildlife photography #wildlife."#Sony a1 whitetail deer https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/young-buck Thu, 19 Aug 2021 13:05:36 GMT
A Standout https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/a-standout A StandoutA Standout

 

While letting the world pass me by in the Japanese Garden at Cranbrook, my attention was drawn to this flowering bush.  It just seemed to stand out from everything else around it  in both shape and color.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cranbrook gardens #flowering trees #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #reflections in the lake #sony #springtime https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/a-standout Wed, 18 Aug 2021 10:00:07 GMT
Spotlighted https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/spotlighted SpotlightedSpotlighted

 

The original photo was okay from my perspective, but pretty ordinary as the background and composition appeared uninteresting.  Took some time to play with a few creative background adjustments.  

Don't know about you, but I like the finished product.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #goldfinch #michigan #michigan canary #nature photography #perching birds #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/spotlighted Tue, 17 Aug 2021 12:03:58 GMT
Adults Only https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/adults-only Adults OnlyAdults Only

 

 At the Shiawasee National Wildlife Refuge, where the herring gulls were busy searching for food as usual.  Good opportunity for me to check out the autofocus system on the new camera.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # herring gulls #bird photography #gulls #michigan #nature photography #shiawasee national wildlife refuge #sony #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/adults-only Mon, 16 Aug 2021 11:30:29 GMT
Peace and Quiet https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/peace-and-quiet Peace and QuietPeace and Quiet

 

A beautiful spring day in the gardens at Cranbrook.  Great location to sit back and let the world pass you by.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cranbrook gardens #flowering trees #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #reflections in the lake #sony #springtime https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/peace-and-quiet Fri, 13 Aug 2021 13:09:44 GMT
Up and Away https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/up-and-away Up and AwayUp and Away

 

The Amur tiger also is endangered. Again I photographed this one in captivity at a preserve.

Here are a few facts should you have the opportunity to encounter one:

Tigers' stripes are unique; they are like our fingerprints.

When running, they can reach a speed of about 40mph.

They can jump about 15 feet vertically and 30 feet horizontally.

When it is happy it purrs like your house cat.  When hunting, or when angry, you'll hear a muffled rumble.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #amur tiger #carnivore #feline #montana #nature photography #sony #tiger #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/up-and-away Thu, 12 Aug 2021 12:35:47 GMT
Posing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/posing PosingPosing

 

Visited the Detroit Zoo early one morning to test some new photo gear.  Considering the fact that it began to rain 10 minutes after I arrived, I was happy that I was able to get any photos between the downpours and delighted that this beautiful Amur Tiger came out and posed briefly.

Within 5 minutes the cat and I were both soaking wet.  My mission was a brief one, but I left with a smile.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #amur tiger #big cats #carnivore #detroit zoo #feline #michigan #nature photography #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/posing Wed, 11 Aug 2021 10:14:38 GMT
Caught in the Act https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/caught-in-the-act Caught in the ActCaught in the Act

 

By the look on its face you can tell this squirrel knows it has been trying to figure out how to jump from there to the bird feeder.  Bottom line after about 5 minutes of frenzied activity trying to get set for a leap, it gave up.

That doesn't mean it never tried again, but the feeder was more than 12 feet away, so the squirrel remained frustrated,

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #michigan #nature photography #sony #squirrel #wildlife photography squirrel in japanese maple https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/caught-in-the-act Tue, 10 Aug 2021 12:30:07 GMT
Serenity https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/serenity SerenitySerenity

 

Back at Cranbrook Gardens for another day of testing new camera gear.  The sun was overhead and it was bright, so it was not the best time of day, but the camera performed exceptionally well.  Who knows, maybe I even know what I'm doing!

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cranbrook gardens #flowering trees #Guzei #Japanese Bridge #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #reflections in the lake #sony #springtime https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/serenity Mon, 09 Aug 2021 10:06:04 GMT
Exposed but Patient https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/exposed-but-patient Exposed but PatientExposed but Patient

 

Not exactly pristine water, but definitely provided good fishing grounds for a variety of birds including this egret.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #egret #gulls #heron #michigan #nature photography #shiawasee national wildlife refuge #sony #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/exposed-but-patient Fri, 06 Aug 2021 12:23:38 GMT
Multi-Colored https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/multi-colored Multi-ColoredMulti-Colored

 

Spring break for me is grabbing the camera, finding an uncrowded place with water and following wherever the path leads.  In this case there was no wind providing a broad mirror to capture a variety of flowering trees along with their reflections.  I call that doubling your pleasure.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cranbrook gardens #flowering trees #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #reflections in the lake #sony #springtime https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/multi-colored Thu, 05 Aug 2021 11:44:59 GMT
Adult & Juvenile https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/adult-juvenile Adult & JuvenileAdult & Juvenile

 

First outing at the Shiawasee National Wildlife Refuge which is home to many bird species.  Not the best lighting or background, but it was an opportunity to explore a new area and enjoy some quiet time with my ladies.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # herring gulls #bird photography #gulls #michigan #nature photography #shiawasee national wildlife refuge #sony #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/adult-juvenile Wed, 04 Aug 2021 12:05:53 GMT
Pine Marten https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/pine-marten Pine MartenPine Marten

 

A pine marten belongs to the weasel family. Size wise it is about the size of your house cat.

It is widespread throughout Europe.  In North America, it is found primarily in Alaska, Canada and the Rocky Mountains.

It is an omnivore and will eat anything that is in abundance in their territory.  Their diet usually consist of 40% small mammals and about 30% fruit, but they also eat birds like magpies and jays and they eat eggs.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #Montana #nature photography #nikon #Omnivore #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/pine-marten Tue, 03 Aug 2021 12:23:47 GMT
Pouncing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/pouncing PouncingPouncing

 

If you have been targeted by a leopard, like this amur leopard, you better start praying.  This big cat cab run faster than you - - about 35 mph, it's is not afraid of the water, it can leap vertically about 1o feet so it can outcome you and it can leap horizontally almost 20 feet.  Also, it can and will tackle prey up to about 10 times their size.

Captured this one in captivity as they are almost extinct.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #amur leopard #carnivore #feline #leopard #montana #nature photography #sony #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/8/pouncing Mon, 02 Aug 2021 12:22:45 GMT
Reflections https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/reflections ReflectionsReflections

 

Another great spring day with just the right amount of clouds and sun to provide great reflections in the calm water below.  My kind of day, especially;y as I was trying out a new camera.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cranbrook gardens #flowering trees #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #reflections in the lake #sony #springtime https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/reflections Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:07:05 GMT
On the Prowl https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/on-the-prowl On the ProwlOn the Prowl

 

I was fairly low to the ground and fortunate to have this curious cat approach head on.  I also was fortunate that I am much bigger than a mouse which it certainly would have grabbed and devoured.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #big cat #canadian lynx #carvivore #feline #Montana #nature photography #Nikon #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/on-the-prowl Thu, 29 Jul 2021 11:37:18 GMT
Mysterious https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/mysterious MysteriousMysterious

 

When the sky is filled with smoke and fog in the early morning it makes for a very different sunrise.  The air felt humid, and the scene felt eerie!

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #smoke and fog #strange sunrise #sunrise https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/mysterious Wed, 28 Jul 2021 11:09:20 GMT
Little Bandit https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/little-bandit Little BanditLittle Bandit

 

This young raccoon appeared to be exploring its surrounding, perhaps for the first time.  Even though it quickly climbed up on this fallen tree trunk, it was very tenuous about crawling across it.  

A while after taking this shot it was joined by a sibling that had even more difficulty crossing and almost fell off a couple of times.  Fortunately, it never gave up and made it across safely.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #montana #nature photography #nikon #raccoon kit #raccoon on a limb #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/little-bandit Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:03:52 GMT
Taking A Break https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/taking-a-break Taking A BreakTaking A Break

 

After a major windstorm at night, we had several trees come down in our neighborhood.  This blue heron, that usually is found perched closer to the lake, decided this perch across the road from the lake provided a great vantage point to rest and the same time observe the surroundings.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #blue heron #blue heron in tree #great #heron" #michigan #nature photography #sony #wildlife blue heron" photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/taking-a-break Mon, 26 Jul 2021 12:07:16 GMT
Standing Tall https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/standing-tall Standing TallStanding Tall

 

As opposed to the wildlife encounters out in the western parts of the US, this setting is not only closer, but much easier to get to.  In fact, this was taken about a 5 minute walk from my home.

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #doe #michigan #nature photography #sony #whitetail deer #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/standing-tall Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:39:36 GMT
Taking Flight https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/taking-flight Taking FlightTaking Flight

 

Just as I stepped outside my home (camera in hand), these wood ducks took off.  Fortunately, I was cooridanted that morning and was able to capture all three as they took flight from the lake.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #sony #wildlife #wildlife 'photography #waterfowl #wood #wood ducks ducks flight" in https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/taking-flight Thu, 22 Jul 2021 12:18:37 GMT
Buddleia Davididii https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/buddleia-davididii Buddleia DavididiiBuddleia Davididii

 

This bush, sometimes referred to as "summer lilac,  is more appropriately referred to as the "butterfly bush". Ours have been attracting swallowtails and monarchs every day since the first blooms appeared.  The bees also frequent them periodically.

As they are deer resistant - - not deer proof -- we will be adding more of them this fall.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #butterfly bush #butterfly bush with butterflies #giant swallowtail butterfly #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography butterfly" monarch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/buddleia-davididii Wed, 21 Jul 2021 12:37:44 GMT
Smoky Sunrise https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/smoky-sunrise Smoky SunriseSmoky Sunrise

 

With prevailing westerly winds,  smoke from the wildfires out west has combined with the haze from our hot, humid air and created an eery look at sunrise.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #smoke & haze in the morning #sunrise #sunrise in smoky sky https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/smoky-sunrise Tue, 20 Jul 2021 11:48:23 GMT
Cooling Off https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/cooling-off Cooling OIffCooling OIff

 

Today the wolves were smarter than we were.  They found a nice cool spot in the shallow end of the pond while we stayed on shore fighting the heat, humidity and mosquitoes.  By the look in this wolf's eyes, I got a clear message to stay put and not get any closer.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #canines #nature #nikon #wildlife #wildlife photography #wolves photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/cooling-off Mon, 19 Jul 2021 11:47:18 GMT
Batter Up https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/batter-up Batter UpBatter Up

 

When a 9 foot grizzly picks up a log to play with and decides to play baseball, you begin to realize just how strong the bear is.  In this case the log was headed in our direction.

Do you think it may have been a warning to bag up?

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #grizzly bear #grizzly swinging a log #kalispell montana #montana #nature photography #nikon #wildlife ."#wildlife photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/batter-up Fri, 16 Jul 2021 11:52:29 GMT
Fly Ball https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/fly-ball Fly BallFly Ball

 

The cat was beyond nimble and its was beyond quick.  Maybe its name should have been "Jack".

This was a demonstration of speed, agility, balance, flexibility, stability and more all rolled into one moment.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #canadian lynx #feline #kalispell montana #montana #nature photography #nikon #wildlife #wildlife' 'photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/fly-ball Thu, 15 Jul 2021 12:16:01 GMT
Hey, I'm Lonesome https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/hey-im-lonesome Hey, I'm LonesomeHey, I'm Lonesome

 

If you ever have heard the call of the wolf, to its pack, you'll know her your dogs howling originated. For me, this is another connection with the wild.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #call of the wild #canines #howling wolf #kalispell montana #montana #nature photography #nikon #wildlife #wildlife photography #wolves https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/hey-im-lonesome Wed, 14 Jul 2021 10:13:19 GMT
Melting Glacier https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/melting-glacier Melting GlacierMelting Glacier

 

Another pristine setting in Alberta Canada within Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alberta #banff national park #bow river #canada #canadian rockies #lake louise #lake scenery #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #snow capped mountain https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/melting-glacier Tue, 13 Jul 2021 11:38:01 GMT
Reflections of Nature https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/reflections-of-nature Reflections of NatureReflections of Nature

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alberta #banff national park #canada #canadian rockies #lake #lake louise area #landscape photography #mountain reflections #nature photography #nikon #snow capped mountain scenery" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/reflections-of-nature Mon, 12 Jul 2021 11:53:55 GMT
Summertime in Alaska https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/summertime-in-alaska Summertime in AlaskaSummertime in Alaska

 

After spending a few hours on the water, in the rain of course, watching them pull the Alaska King Crab traps, we couldn't resist eating some for lunch.  After that we explored the surrounding area so we could collect more memories of our first trip to AK.

It also was my first trip with a digital camera that I knew very little about.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alaska #alaska king crab #ketchkan #landscape photography #mountain scenery #nature photography #nikon capped mountains" snow https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/summertime-in-alaska Fri, 09 Jul 2021 13:09:16 GMT
Purple Dream https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/purple-dream Purple DreamPurple Dream

 

I always enjoy the variety of shapes, sizes and colors the waterlily blossoms

present.  Just for fun, I tried some selective coloring to make this one stand out.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #flora #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nature photography #nikon #vero beach florida #waterlily blossom flower photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/purple-dream Thu, 08 Jul 2021 12:30:51 GMT
Reaching Out https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/reaching-out Reaching OutReaching Out

 

Like me, this hibiscus blossom is looking for the sun.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #flora #florida #flower photography #hibiscus blossom #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #sunlit hibiscus #vero beach florida https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/reaching-out Wed, 07 Jul 2021 11:54:50 GMT
Golden Moment https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/golden-moment Golden MomentGolden Moment

 

I always look forward to sunrise and watching the sun break the horizon on this this particular day was amazing.  In addition to our home, I know several others that have this print on aluminum gracing their homes.

 

Makes me feel good to be able to share memories like this one.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #daybreak over the ocean #florida #indian river county #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon"#ocean #sunrise over the atlantic reflections" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/golden-moment Tue, 06 Jul 2021 13:30:35 GMT
Which Way Did He Go? https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/which-way-did-he-go Which Way Did He Go?Which Way Did He Go?

 

When the sun comes out, the turtles also come out to catch the warmth.  Only difference between them and us is they do not get sunburned.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #michigan #nature photography #nikon #sunning turtles #turtles #turtles on a log #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/which-way-did-he-go Mon, 05 Jul 2021 11:33:40 GMT
Giant Size https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/giant-size Giant SizeGiant Size

 

I must admit when I first saw this 'gator, I did think it was real because it was absolutely still and because it was the biggest I had ever seen.  Even from a distance it looked huge.  Fortunately, I got close enough to capture the moment and managed to get back to the car without any missing parts.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alligator #florida #lurking alligator #nature photography #nikon #swamp scene #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/giant-size Fri, 02 Jul 2021 09:18:44 GMT
My What Big Teeth https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/my-what-big-teeth My What Big TeethMy What Big Teeth

 

Another 'gator in our path on Blue Cypress Lake.  This one must have decided we were getting to close.

 Don't worry about the missing teeth.  Gators grow new ones.  We all should be so lucky.  Well, maybe not the dental implant specialists.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alligator #blue cypress lake #florida #lurking alligator #nature photography #nikon #swamp scene #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/7/my-what-big-teeth Thu, 01 Jul 2021 10:05:47 GMT
Waiting for Dinner https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/waiting-for-dinner Waiting for DinnerWaiting for Dinner

 

My first excursion on an airboat on Blue Cypress Lake just west of Vero Beach Florida to check out the area and the wildlife.  Seemed like I saw more 'gators than birds that day.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alligator #blue cypress lake #florida #lurking alligator #nature photography #nikon #swamp scene #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/waiting-for-dinner Wed, 30 Jun 2021 11:17:03 GMT
Morning Dew https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/morning-dew Morning DewMorning Dew

 

Early morning on Pawleys Island, South Carolina just walking around in the serene settings of Brookegreen Gardens enjoying the peace and quiet.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #brookegreen gardens #camelias #flora #flower photography #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #pawleys island #south carolina https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/morning-dew Tue, 29 Jun 2021 11:20:39 GMT
Deep Forest https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/deep-forest Deep ForestDeep Forest

 

Once again meandering around in the woods, only this time in Alaska, and once again caught in the rain.  This was my first trip with my first new camera.

Apparently luck was on my side, because I sure did not understand the piece of equipment I had in my hand.

 

 

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Moving On https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/moving-on Moving OnMoving On

 

Looking off into the distance wondering where the tracks might take me.  Fortunately no trains were coming from behind.

 

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In the Beginning https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/in-the-beginning In the BeginningIn the Beginning

 

Nothing like the opportunity to photograph an unusual event to get me out early in the morning. This was taken in Vero Beach Florida in 2014.

 

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Still Standing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/still-standing Still StandingStill Standing

 

Driving around Genesee and Owosso counties in Michigan provides an interesting cross section of old barns.  Standing there wondering about the family history of those that lived and worked the land there.  

 

 

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Ready to Fish https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/ready-to-fish Ready to FishReady to FishVersion 2, Define, Viveza, Sharpened inkjet

 

  • Ospreys are unusual.  They have a reversible outer toe that allows them to grasp with two toes in front and two behind. 
  • Not only are they great fishermen catching fish at a rate of 1 out of 4 dives, but the unique structure ensures a firm grasp on their prey.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #birds of prey #blue cypress #fish hawk #florida #nature photography #nikon #ospreys #raptors #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/ready-to-fish Tue, 22 Jun 2021 11:39:26 GMT
Laser Focus https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/laser-focus Laser FocusLaser Focus

 

Red-tails are one of the largest birds of prey in North America.

When the birds around the feeders hear the screech  of the hawk as it's diving in for the kill it is pure pandemonium as the prey scatters in every direction.

Wouldn't you flee if you were the target of these eyes?

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #birds of prey #hawk #michigan #nature photography #nikon #raptor #red tailed hawk #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/laser-focus Mon, 21 Jun 2021 10:42:58 GMT
Incoming https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/incoming IncomingIncoming

 

This great blue heron stands about 4 feet tall when not stalking prey.  It is the largest heron in North America with a wingspan around 6 feet.

 

Here is one coming in to feed at low tide of the coast of S Carolina.  It may move slowly while stalking its prey, but it will strike lightening fast when the time is right.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #great blue heron #huntington beach state park #nature photography #nikon #pawleys island #south carolina #wading birds #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/incoming Fri, 18 Jun 2021 11:09:52 GMT
Great Blue https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/great-blue Great BlueGreat Blue

 

Great blue herons are outstanding fishers.  You can find them wading through the water or waiting very patiently for their prey.   

Although their diet is mainly fish, they will stalk just about anything including small mammals, and unfortunately they also will target swan cygnets.

 When the prey is spotted they stretch out their necks and when the timing is just right, they strike with their bill which is like a blade.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue heron #michigan #nature photography #nikon #sterling state park #wading birds #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/great-blue Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:23:45 GMT
Border Security https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/border-security Border SecurityBorder Security

 

With the nest nearby and the cygnets are in the area, geese are not welcome.

In fact, neither are other swans, muskrats or any other predators.  The male swan - - the cob -- seems to be on high alert all the time and never seems to miss an intruder.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #canadian goose being chased by swan #michigan #mute swan #nature photography #nikon #swan chasing goose #swans #waterfowl #wildlife #wildlife photography ."#bird photography" swan in flight https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/border-security Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:20:08 GMT
Morning Takeoff https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/morning-takeoff Morning TakeoffMorning Takeoff

 

When the mute swan lift off with their almost 6 foot wingspread, you can here the wing beats all the way across the lake.  While they are a thing of beauty and grace, they certainly are not silent.

 

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On the Hunt https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/on-the-hunt On the HuntOn the Hunt

 

This red tailed hawk showed up very silently like it just appeared out of nowhere.  After selecting a perch high up in the tree, it patiently waited for the right time to swoop down.  From here, it could observe the activity around all of the bird feeders.

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #hawk #hawk in tree #hawk perched to strike #michigan #nature photography #nikon #raptor #red tailed hawk ."#wildlife photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/on-the-hunt Mon, 14 Jun 2021 12:12:15 GMT
Mute Swan & Cygnets https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/mute-swan-cygnets-1 Mute Swan & CygnetsMute Swan & Cygnets

 

These multicolored cygnets that are growing quickly soon will be all white just like the pen - - "MOM".

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #swan & cygnets #waterfowl #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/mute-swan-cygnets-1 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 11:52:26 GMT
The Chase Is On https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/the-chase-is-on The Chase Is OnThe Chase Is On

 

Anytime geese get too close to the swans' nest or the young cygnets, the male swan (the pen) does not hesitate to announce its presence and its intention to ensure that its boundaries are not crossed.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #mute swan #nature photography #nikon #swan chasing goose #waterfowl #wildlife canadian goose wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/the-chase-is-on Tue, 08 Jun 2021 09:32:41 GMT
Keep Your Distance https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/keep-your-distance Keep Your DistanceKeep Your Distance

 

This is what happens when you get to close to a goose and its goslings.  Of course, turnabout is fair play as the geese often get chased away bu the mute swan in residence, especially when the pen is sitting on the clutch of eggs.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #canadian geese #fighting geese #michigan #michigan"#bird #nature photography #nikon #waterfowl #wildlife #wildlife photography photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/keep-your-distance Mon, 07 Jun 2021 10:19:54 GMT
Nest Building https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/nest-building Nest BuildingNest Building

 

Early spring in Florida when everyone is building new homes and getting ready to start a new families.  This tricolored heron made several trips to the same area to gather material.  Seemed like each trip, the pieces got a bit larger.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) "#stick marsh" # tricolor heron #bird photography #florida #michigan #nature photography #nikon #wading birds #wildlife photography heron gathering nest material" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/nest-building Sat, 05 Jun 2021 19:30:29 GMT
Mute Swan & Cygnets https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/mute-swan-cygnets Mute Swan & CygnetsMute Swan & Cygnets

 

Mom is out showing off the remaining cygnets who certainly have grown since they left the nest.  I guess that is what eating 14 hours a day will do for you.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #swans & cygnets #waterfowl #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/mute-swan-cygnets Fri, 04 Jun 2021 09:17:56 GMT
Hard to Swallow https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/hard-to-swallow Hard to SwallowHard to Swallow

 

When the tide rolls out the fishing gets easier.  This pelican was drifting around close to the shoreline having an easy time catching breakfast.  From the looks of it, the fish had some size and looked like it was still trying to get free.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #brown pelican #huntington beach state park #nature photography #nikon #pawleys island #pelican #pelican swallowing fish #south carolina #waterfowl #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/hard-to-swallow Wed, 02 Jun 2021 10:15:46 GMT
Balancing Act https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/6/balancing-act Balancing ActBalancing Act

 

  • The Roseate Spoonbill is the only spoonbill species found in the Americas. 
  • Like old guys they are only too familiar with the balding process. Instead of losing hair they lose feathers from the top of their head as they get older.
  • They obtain their pink coloration from the foods they eat - - mostly Crustaceans and other aquatic invertebrates containing pigments that help turn their feathers pink.

 

 

 

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In Balance https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/in-balance In BalanceIn Balance

 

Here's a bird that can do two things at once - - preening and balancing on one leg.  Sometimes I see people having trouble chewing gum and walking at the same time.

Isn't nature amazing!

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #sandhill crane #wading birds wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/in-balance Sat, 29 May 2021 12:25:40 GMT
Looking for Leftovers https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/looking-for-leftovers Looking for LeftoversLooking for Leftovers

 

Frequent visitor during the week after the swans vacated their nest for the hatch of the seven cygnets.  This crane was not looking for a nest but spent some time cleaning up the remaining shells.  I assume it was a ingesting them to obtain the remaining calcium.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #sandhill crane #wading birds wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/looking-for-leftovers Fri, 28 May 2021 09:54:40 GMT
Focused https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/focused FocusedFocused

 

This hawk has become a regular visitor.  While I never have seen it take a small bird from the feeder area, they certainly scatter in all directions when it appears.

Red tailed hawks are one of the largest birds of prey in North America and out has a very distinctive screech.  The combination must be very intimidating to smaller birds; hence, the scattering in all directions

 

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #birds of prey #hawk #michigan #nature photography #nikon #raptor #red tailed hawk #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/focused Thu, 27 May 2021 09:50:41 GMT
Togetherness https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/togetherness TogethernessTogetherness

 

After only 15 days from hatching, the four cygnets that have successfully evaded the predators remain safe and stay close between the pen and the con.  This is the first time they returned to their nesting area to feed.  Until now they had been at the far end of the lake where the aquatic vegetation was more easily accessible.

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #swan family feeding #swans & cygnets #waterfowl #wildlife wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/togetherness Wed, 26 May 2021 16:11:13 GMT
Battle Is On https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/battle-is-on Battle Is OnBattle Is On

 

Once again, a Canadian goose trues to enter the perimeter of the swan's territory.  Given their relative size, the goose is sure to lose this combat every time.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #mute swan #nature photography #nikon #swan taking off from lake #swans #waterfowl #wildlife #wildlife photography male swan chasing goose https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/battle-is-on Tue, 25 May 2021 11:36:28 GMT
Newborns https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/newborns NewbornsNewborns

 

Mom and the goslings came up out of the lake to check out the feed on the ground that the birds had shared.  Then they decided to survey the grounds around our patio.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #canadian geese and goslings #geese #nature photography #nikon #waterfowl #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/newborns Mon, 24 May 2021 15:32:12 GMT
New Family https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/new-family New FamilyNew Family

 

Three new families of geese with their goslings seemed to appear out of nowhere this particular morning.  It was surprising to see them all, but they obviously had no interest in staying together as evidenced by the quick strokes of the goslings and the stretched neck of "Mother Goose" to fend off another group.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #geese & goslings #michigan #nature photography #nikon #waterfowl #wildlife wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/new-family Sat, 22 May 2021 16:18:24 GMT
Guzei https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/guzei GuzeiGuzei

 

This is the iconic Japanese red Bridge or Guzei. "Red" is an important color in the Japanese culture as it represents wisdom and everything sacred. It also is very heavily connected to Zen so there also are spiritual connotations to the red bridge.

 

Symbolically the bridge represents a journey that allows you to cross and experience the journey anyway you want - - physically or spiritually.

 

 

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Touch of Japan https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/touch-of-japan Touch of JapanTouch of Japan

 

Reminds me of my time in Japan.  Well tended gardens, softly flowing water and stonework placed to provide peace and tranquility.

 

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Peace and Quiet https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/peace-and-quiet Peace and QuietPeace and Quiet

 

When you take time to pause and actually see your surroundings, it is amazing what you find.  This scene was so full of nature's various elements and life that it was difficult to move on.  Hope you take time to see everything.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cranbrook gardens #japanese garden #japanese landscape #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #springtime https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/peace-and-quiet Wed, 19 May 2021 11:59:12 GMT
A Place To Reconnect https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/a-place-to-reconnect A Place To ReconnectA Place To Reconnect

 

It was a  chilly and windy, and mostly cloudy day, but the sun peaked out once in a while.  Under any conditions, this is a great place to relax, reconnect with nature or just let the world pass you by.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cranbrook gardens #japanese garden #japanese landscape #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #springtime https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/a-place-to-reconnect Tue, 18 May 2021 12:05:34 GMT
Downy Comforter https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/downy-comforter Downy ComforterDowny Comforter

 

After taking a headcount and making sure all 7 cygnets were back at the nest, Mom started to settle them in for the night.  The cygnets know that a nice soft downy comforter awaits them and that they will be safely tucked away under Mom's wings.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #cygnet on pen's back #cygnets #cygnets returning to nest #cygnets with mother swan #michigan #mute swans #nature photography #nikon #waterfowl #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/downy-comforter Mon, 17 May 2021 09:55:41 GMT
Hitching A Ride https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/hitching-a-ride Hitching A RideHitching A Ride

Just before dark, the family returned home.  We still have seven cygnets, some are hidden by Mom's body.

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #cygnet on pen's back #cygnets #cygnets returning to nest #michigan #mute swans #nature photography #nikon #waterfowl #wildlife photography ."#cygnets mother swan" with https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/hitching-a-ride Sat, 15 May 2021 13:38:43 GMT
Time to Go https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/time-to-go Time to GoTime to Go

The cygnets are growing pretty quickly.  No big surprise as they leave before 7:00am and return around 9:15pm. They spend the day eating anything within reach.  No big surprise; just like us all during the time we were sequestered.

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #cygnets #cygnets in the nest #michigan #mute swans #nature photography #nikon #waterfowl #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/time-to-go Fri, 14 May 2021 11:57:21 GMT
Safe at Home Base https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/safe-at-home-base Safe at Home BaseSafe at Home Base

I was about to call CPS (child protective services) as Mom and Dad took the babies out just before 7:00am and did not return home until 9:00pm.  They spent the entire day at the shallow end of the lake where the vegetation was easily accessible.  Babies and Mom need to build up strength.

As an aside, there still is one egg in the nest that never will hatch at this point. 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #cygnets #cygnets returning to the nest #first outing #michigan #mute swans #nature photography #nikon #waterfowl #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/safe-at-home-base Thu, 13 May 2021 19:32:58 GMT
Family https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/family FamilyFamily

Day 2 and the cygnets are out on a lake tour being guarded very closely by their parents.  I expect that over the next two weeks we will see them feeding most of the day to support their growth pattern. My best guess is that those that survive will weigh almost two pounds at the end of that time.

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #cygnets #cygnets leaving the nest #first outing #michigan #mute swans #nature photography #nikon #waterfowl #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/family Thu, 13 May 2021 13:06:57 GMT
New Life - Day 2 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/new-life---day-2 New Life - Day 2New Life - Day 2

 

After the clutch hatched on Monday, I was very excited to see 5 active cygnets in the nest.  Yesterday I was even more excited as there are 7 cygnets that made it through the cold, windy, rainy snowy weather and are about to get their feet wet.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #cygnets #cygnets leaving the nest #first outing #michigan #mute swans #nature photography #nikon #waterfowl #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/new-life---day-2 Wed, 12 May 2021 13:20:39 GMT
New Life https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/new-life New LifeNew Life

 



Our swans returned on March 5th and I observed the mating ritual on March 27th. Normal incubation  ranges from 32 to 45 days.  Yesterday was day 44.

So, please join me in wishing our 5 cygnets Happy Birthday.
The quintuplets emerged about mid afternoon to a very proud and happy mute swan couple.
All see very alert and active.  Now we have to hope that most or all survive the predators including fox, snapping turtles, blue herons, etc. that live here.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #cygnets first day #michigan #mute swans #nature photography #nikon #pen & cygnets #waterfowl #wildlife photography hatch of cygnets https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/new-life Tue, 11 May 2021 13:09:31 GMT
Target Acquired https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/target-acquired Target AcquiredTarget Acquired

 

In yesterday's post, this heron was caught up in the wind stalking fish.  Today at the same location, it was calm and its fishing success was greatly improved.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #huntington beach state park #nature photography #pawleys island #south carolina #wading birds #white heron #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/target-acquired Mon, 10 May 2021 11:37:24 GMT
Bad Hair Day https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/bad-hair-day Bad Hair DayBad Hair Day

 

No big surprise here.  I'm out with the camera and we have another cold and windy day with possible rain on the horizon.  I'm beginning to think I should have been a postman - -"neither rain nor snow......."

Obviously, the weather did not phase this white heron for a moment.  It was intently focused on its next meal.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #huntington beach state park #nature photography #nikon #pawleys island #south carolina #wading birds #white heron #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/bad-hair-day Fri, 07 May 2021 10:26:04 GMT
Trio of Competitors https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/trio-of-competitors Trio of CompetitorsTrio of Competitors

 

The tide was out and the tidal pools held lots of crustaceans and bait fish.  The focus of these birds was totally on their next meal.  Relative size of the birds played a role in which one got their first when a swimming fish was close, but aggression was minimal as there was enough for all.  Interesting trio of wading birds.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue heron #heron #huntington beach state park #ibis #nature photography #pawleys island #south carolina #wading birds #white heron #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/trio-of-competitors Thu, 06 May 2021 14:40:45 GMT
Sunset Ablaze https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/sunset-ablaze Sunset AblazeSunset Ablaze

 

As hungry as we may have been, who could resist one more stop on the way back to the hotel to capture this scene.  The sun was just setting below the horizon and it truly provided the golden hour to reflect on the magic of our trip through the east coast of Newfoundland.  

The colorful fishing shacks, the painted seats looking out over the ocean and the solitary figure enjoying the tranquility of nature all made for a great ending to the day.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bonavista newfoundland #canada #landscape photography #nature photography #newfoundland and labrador #nikon #north atlantic ocean https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/sunset-ablaze Wed, 05 May 2021 11:10:07 GMT
"Big Wing" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/big-wing "Big Wing""Big Wing"

 

The formal name of these humpback whales - - Megaptera Novaeangiae -- means translates to "Big Wing of New England".  

It actually refers to their large pectoral fin seen here which can grow to 16 feet long which is almost as long as the inflatable boat we were in.

 

 

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Megaptera Novaeangliae https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/megaptera-novaeangliae Megaptera NovaeangliaeMegaptera Novaeangliae

 

Humpback whales can be found in every ocean of the world.  Being out in an inflatable boat with these baleen whales averaging around 40-50 feet long is exciting to say the least.  When there are several whales swimming less than 20 feet from your boat you quickly realize how much longer, and heavier at about 40 tons, they are than the boat you are in.

Exciting to say the least!

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bonavista newfoundland #canada #humpback whale #nature photography #newfoundland and labrador #nikon #north atlantic ocean #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/megaptera-novaeangliae Tue, 04 May 2021 13:12:52 GMT
The Rocky Atlantic https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/5/the-rocky-atlantic The Rocky AtlanticThe Rocky Atlantic

 

One last look from Biscayan Cove out over the rocky shoreline of the North Atlantic remembering our close encounters with the humpback whales.

 

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Continuing on or way after photographing the whales somewhere out there in the North Atlantic, the scenery kept getting better.  

 

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After photographing whales out there in the North Atlantic in the early morning, we were driving back along the coast heading a small town to have lunch.  The scenery was amazing all along the route so we stopped often to take enjoy the views and to capture the memories.

 

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Constant Activity https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/constant-activity Constant ActivityConstant Activity

 

Moving on we arrived at the rookery to watch thousands of Atlantic puffins fish and return, fish and return, and on and on.  It was almost like perpetual motion there was so much activity, but certainly made for some great photo opportunities.

 

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Getting Down https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/getting-down Getting DownGetting Down

 

Photographing whales while out on the water is exhilarating.  Out in an inflatable close to the water makes it an amazing experience.

This adventure was made more exciting as a couple of the humpback whales seemed to be attracted to our boat which drew them within 10-15 feet.  Great to get close up shots, but for a few seconds it made me wonder if one might bump the boat and knock us into the water.  Then it was back to living in and capturing the moment.

 

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Ocean Spray https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/ocean-spray Ocean SprayOcean Spray

 

After looking out at the North Atlantic we got out early in the morning in the hope of photographing humpback whales.  Once on the water in our inflatable boat we quickly were greeted by a pod , or a herd, of humpback whales. 

From a distance they were impressive, up beside our boat where we were sitting close to the water, they were overwhelmingly magnificent.  Even though they managed to get us wet due to our close proximity, it certainly didn't dampen anyone's enthusiasm to stay with them.

 

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Cape Spear https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/cape-spear Cape SpearCape Spear

 

This is the area on the east coast of Newfoundland where the first sunrise occurs in North America.  If you want to catch it as it breaks the horizon, you better be picking your spot around 4:30 am to await early light.  

The clouds may have blocked the sun this particular morning, but the scene was peaceful and serene.  Great way to start the day.

 

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Fishing Village https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/fishing-village Fishing VillageFishing Village

 

Turning from the ocean's edge and looking back toward an abandoned fishing village stirred our imagination as to how life must have been when fishing was at its peak here.  Also makes you wonder what happened that caused the village to become abandoned and where the people ended up. 

 

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Sunset in Tickle Bay https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/sunset-in-tickle-bay Sunset in Tickle BaySunset in Tickle Bay

 

Traveling through the easternmost part of Newfoundland during the summer of 2018.  At his point we were looking out toward the North Atlantic Ocean where we soon would be whale watching and photographing.  The beginning of a great adventure.

 

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New Adventure https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/new-adventure New AdventureNew Adventure

 

Summertime 2018.  Just setting out to photograph whales, puffins, northern gannets, and many other bird species on the east coast of Newfoundland.  As we traveled to the various sites, we were able to photograph a variety of lighthouses and beautiful coastline scenes in a relatively pristine and unspoiled part of the world.  In a word it was "AMAZING".

Have to thank my photo guru and trip guide Jeff Wendorff for an amazing trip full of great memories, good food and lots of fun.  Also thanks to Kevin Pepper who provided great input to make the trip a dream come true.

You can look at Jeff's workshops here: https://wildlifeworkshops.com

 

 

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What's Happening Here https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/whats-happening-here What's Happening HereWhat's Happening Here

 

Every day during the past 2 weeks, this blue heron has been showing up along the shoreline.  Previously it had shown up periodically to stalk its next meal, but never on a daily basis.

In addition, each day it has kept getting nearer to the swans' nesting area.

When I captured this moment, I first thought that the heron was paying a visit to Mom to see how she was doing.  That impression came from the fact that I saw no reaction from either swan (Dad was in the middle of the lake).

My friend and photo guru, who I also refer to as the "Birdmeister" made it clear that this was not a friendly visit.  In fact, the blue heron was checking to see of any of the eggs had hatched so it could try and steal one of the babies - - a cygnet -- for its next meal.  

My best guess is that when the cygnets are born, the reception for the blue heron will not be welcoming!

 

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Immovable https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/immovable ImmovableImmovable

 

I was thinking about naming this swan after the historian, Herodotus. as nothing keeps her from her appointed task of protecting and incubating her clutch. 

"It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed."

— Herodotus, Histories (8.98) (trans. A. D. Godley, 1924)

 

 

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The Waiting Game https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/the-waiting-game The Waiting GameThe Waiting Game

 

Our swan couple have settled into the incubation period. She, the pen, spends most of her time sitting on the eggs.  Our temperatures declined quickly overnight and it appears as though she has spread her wings a bit to provide further shelter for the clutch of eggs.

The male, the cob, spends his days guarding the lake - - their lake -- against intruders, chasing all waterfowl away from the nest area, protecting his mate and feeding to keep up his strength.

We likely are half way through the incubation period now and hopefully all five eggs will hatch so we can watch the cygnets arrive and begin their new lives.

 

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Finishing Touches https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/finishing-touches Finishing TouchesFinishing Touches

 

The clutch has been complete for at least 2 weeks. The pen will incubate them for about 5 or 6 weeks before the cygnets are born.  During this time the cob  stays nearby to defend the nest. During this time I have seen the pen leave the nest for short periods to feed on the vegetation within about a 10 foot radius and to bathe.  Before she leaves the nest, she usually hides the eggs by covering them over with material from the nest.

 
 

 

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The Beat Goes On https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/the-beat-goes-on The Beat Goes OnThe Beat Goes On

 

The spot they picked has a lot of material around the site.  This was one of the main reasons this site was selected as the swans will be adding to the nest on a regular basis, particularly during incubation. observe the swans. 

Every day I watch them shuffle the twigs, leaves, moss, etc... from place to place within the nest.  I assume the purpose is to get them placed to provide the optimum surface in which to place the clutch of eggs.

If you look closely, you can catch a glimpse of a couple of eggs which the pen appears be moving into place.

 

 

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Protecting Mom https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/protecting-mom Protecting MomProtecting Mom

 

The Canadian geese always seem to "test the water" with the swans.  Inevitably there are multiple geese - - sometimes as many as 8 or 10 - - that like to approach the swans' nesting area.  

Always seems to end up the same way -- the female guards the nest and the male swan aggressively chases all the geese away from their home and their feeding grounds.

 

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Do Not Come Near https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/do-not-come-near Do Not Come NearDo Not Come Near

 

While I did not see who or what may have been approaching, the female swan - - the pen -- obviously went on alert to ward off intruders.  The male was off foraging about 30 yards away and immediately started paddling aggressively toward the nest.

 

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Curiosity https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/curiosity CuriosityCuriosity

 

Daybreak at the lake and a curious doe carefully approaches the nesting swans.  The swans immediately went on alert and the young doe stopped in its tracks.  Obviously, the deer was not a predator, but it was intruding and it appeared as though the male was ready to rise up and show its size and strength if necessary.

 

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Success - The Clutch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/success---the-clutch Success - The ClutchSuccess - The Clutch

 

"As the egg travels down the tube it gets larger and larger. This is because during its passage (it takes about a day or two to travel all the way down the tube) various parts are added in turn to give the egg its essential parts – very much like it’s moving along a factory conveyor belt."

 

Source: swans life.com


"When the egg first emerges from the female swan, the colour could best be described as a bluish-grey. This colour is due to pigments are that added during the time when the shell was being formed, at the end of the oviduct. After the egg has been in the nest for a while, constant shuffling around in the cup of the nest by the pen, turns the egg more of an olive colour.

Eggs that have been in the nest for a while also exhibit many little scratches in their surface. These are due to them being stood on and being caught by the pen and cob’s claws on their webbed feet. The thick shell of the egg is easily strong enough to take the weight of an adult swan."

 

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Finally - Results !!! https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/finally---results Finally - Results !!!Finally - Results !!!

 

"After fertilisation has taken place, the egg travels down the oviduct by muscular contractions, similar to the way that food passes through our intestines. As the egg travels down the tube, essential elements are added to the egg piece by piece, so the final egg that will be laid by the bird will be protected from the outside environment and will also contain all the nutrients to enable the embryo to grow into a hatchling."

Source: swanlife.com

 

 

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Post Ritual Bathing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/post-ritual-bathing Post Ritual BathingPost Ritual Bathing

 

This is the last shot I captured through the entire mating ritual.  Must admit that I was not sure if this was just like the final step in the normal daily bathing routine- - drying the wings.  It seemed to be more vigorous than usual. Perhaps a victory statement after a successful mating or perhaps one more display of love before the normal daily routines begin. 

Either way, he was on display!

 

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Bathing Ballet https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/bathing-ballet Bathing BalletBathing Ballet

 

After mating and before returning to their daily routines the swans complete a bathing and preening routine together.  Even this part of the mating ritual exhibits the close bond between the two.

 

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The Final Step https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/the-final-step The Final StepThe Final Step

 

After the mating has been completed, the swans l go about their daily business of feeding and defending their territory, but  will stay close to one another.

 

 

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An Act of Love https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/an-act-of-love An Act of LoveAn Act of Love

 

Swans normally are very graceful and beautiful to watch. When you see the mating ritual, grace and beauty take on a whole new meaning.

 

 

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Creating New Life https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/creating-new-life Creating New LifeCreating New Life

 

The next stage is when the male mounts the female. First he will paddle himself alongside her facing in the opposite direction. Then he turns so he is at a 90 degree angle off to her side.  After that he climbs onto her back. At that point, she will be sitting much lower in the water due his weight on her back. 

Once done, he will quickly dismount her and the two birds will again face each other and rise so they're almost out of the water. They then will begin more movements as before.  They look like they are one - -  like a ballet - -in perfect harmony with one another. 

 

 

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Strengthening the Bond https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/strengthening-the-bond Strengthening the BondStrengthening the Bond

 

My first post showed the early stage of the mating ritual of the swans.  This is the next phase where the two swans start to synchronize their actions. Now the ballet begins to take shape as they reach the point where they’re acting in unison. The swans now begin to make more physical contact where they press their breasts against each other’s, as they gracefully raise and lower their necks. Sometimes they appear to stare at each other during the up and down motions..

 

 

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The Courtship Begins https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/the-courtship-begins The Courtship BeginsThe Courtship Begins

 

 

Swans going through the mating ritual is a pretty elaborate process and a long ritual primarily because the displays they make to each other are significant.

 

Swans going through the mating ritual is a pretty elaborate process and a long ritual primarily because the displays they make to each other are significant.

They start out close to each other. When they are almost side-by-side, they begin to dip their heads below the water, pull them out and begin preening.  After going through these movements several times, one pr both will stop and stretch its neck almost vertically.  

It is like a synchronized ballet.

 

 

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Side-by-Side https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/side-by-side Side-by-SideSide-by-Side

 

This is the very beginning stage of the elaborate mating ritual of these mute swans.

The swans will be close to each other, often side by side.  With their bodies almost side-by-side, they begin to dip their heads below the water, pull them out and begin preening themselves.  

The next stages are even more elaborate and the pace picks up until the mating actual happens.  That's not the end of this elaborate ritual, however.  

Stay connected and watch it unfold.  It is truly amazing and I was fortunate to have been able to observe it all.  Something I never will forget.

 

 

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Private Island https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/private-island Private IslandPrivate Island

 

I mentioned in yesterday's blog "Almost There", some of the key requirements for a swan's nest.  Here are two other key points which you now can clearly see in this island like nest.

The nest has to be high enough to prevent water from getting in and swamping it.

As a protective measure against mammalian predators, the moat or ditch will surround the nest.

The final size of the nest depends on the amount and type of nearby material.

Also, if there is a lot of material around the nest site. The final nest will be larger it will be added to during the incubation process.  My best guess is that this one will continue to grow.

 

 

 

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Almost There https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/almost-there Almost ThereAlmost There

 

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The finished nest should have the following features:

A depression where the eggs will lay. In the final nest building stage, the depression will be lined with softer material like grass and down from the swans to cushion the eggs.  I have noted the female plucking down during the past couple of days, so we may be nearing completion.

Sloping sides, to allow easy access to the nest for the cygnets and also allowing for  eggs to be pushed back into the depression should they fall out.

The nest has to be high enough to prevent water from getting in and swamping it.ensure

As a protective measure against mammalian predators, the moat or ditch will surround the nest.

The final size of the nest depends on the amount and type of nearby material.

Also, if there is a lot of material around the nest site. The final nest will be larger it will be added to during the incubation process.

 

 

 

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Material from the Moat https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/material-from-the-moat Material from the MoatMaterial from the Moat

 

There are several key factors in creating the nest into which the eggs will be hatched and the cygnets born.

First, the nest must have close access to shallow water so food can be easily accessed.

Second,  an abundance of natural food available for both the parents and young has to be readily available.

 

Third, the space has to be relatively undisturbed from humans and predators.

Fourth, they need to have a large amount of nest building materials close by.

Our site meets all the requirements.

 

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Working Together https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/working-together Working TogetherWorking Together

 

After selecting a spot, the real work of nest building has started by gathering twigs, leaves and other vegetation.  When done the nest could reach up to 11 feet.

 

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Gathering Materials https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/gathering-materials Gathering MaterialsGathering Materials

 

Both partners are in the gathering process,  Eventually he will start passing materials to her so that the nest can be formed around her body.  When done it will look like a large bowl and will be contoured to fit her shape and the eggs.

 

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New Beginnings https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/4/new-beginnings New BeginningsNew Beginnings

 

For 5 years I have been watching the swans return, build their nest on the other side of the lake and give birth to as many as 5 cygnets.

This year, they have decided to stay home with us, as opposed to nesting on the other side of the lake.

I am excited to be to watch and to photograph the entire life cycle so I can share it with you.

We now are in the nest building stage which has been going on for almost 2 weeks.  I anticipate that egg laying will begin in a week or so which likely will take another 10 - 14 days to complete 

After that, we will sit and watch for the eggs to hatch which will take approximately 45 days.

I look forward  to capturing this life cycle and sharing it with you over the next two months.

 

 

 

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Yoho National Park https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/yoho-national-park Yoho National ParkYoho National Park

 

Yoho National Park is located in the Canadian Rockies along the western slope of the Continental Divide.  The Cree Indians who populated this area gave it the name which is an expression of awe and amazement.  

The Crees, certainly aptly named it as the landscape was amazing. This lake, Emerald Lake, is one of the clearest ever have seen.

 

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En Route to Banff https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/en-route-to-banff En Route to BanffEn Route to Banff

 

The mountain views, the rivers and the lakes all combine to provide a continuing, unending series of spectacular views along our route from Montana to Banff.  i would have to call this a perfect place to connect with nature, enjoy there hiking, climb a mountain or just relax and take it all in.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alberta canada #canada #canadian rockies #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #unesco world heritage site #waterton lakes national park https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/en-route-to-banff Sat, 27 Mar 2021 12:47:00 GMT
En Route to Alberta https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/en-route-to-alberta En Route to AlbertaEn Route to Alberta

 

As we continue to wend our way through Waterton Lakes National Park, we continually stop to take in the beauty of the unique and majestic views surrounding us.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alberta canada #canada #canadian rockies #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #unesco world heritage site #waterton lakes national park https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/en-route-to-alberta Thu, 25 Mar 2021 13:29:03 GMT
Hiking Anyone? https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/hiking-anyone Hiking Anyone?Hiking Anyone?

 

It took a bit of effort to capture this shot.  Had to leave the car alongside the road and do a bit of hiking to find an opening, but it was worth the effort, even with 30 lbs of photo gear on my back.

Water Lakes National Park gets more beautiful, and more challenging the farther we drive on our way to Alberta and then on to Banff.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alberta canada #canada #canadian rockies #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #unesco world heritage site #waterton lakes national park https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/hiking-anyone Tue, 23 Mar 2021 12:41:01 GMT
A Standout https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/a-standout A StandoutA Standout

 

Another spectacular view, and certainly different, showing the unusual geology in Waterton Lakes National Park.  

 

The perfect place to get away.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alberta canada #canada #canadian rockies #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #unesco world heritage site #waterton lakes national park https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/a-standout Sun, 21 Mar 2021 12:36:54 GMT
Unchanged https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/unchanged UnchangedUnchanged

 

Coming out of Glacier National Park and heading north across the border into Canada, we immediately entered Waterton Lakes National Park.  Together these two make up what is known as the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park which is the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

This park is unique as it combines unusual geology combined with a somewhat mild climate providing for a vast variety of wildlife and rare flowers.  Overall, it is breathtaking.  I would have to say it has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world - - even though I haven't quite seen it all yet.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alberta canada #canada #canadian rockies #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #unesco world heritage site #waterton lakes national park https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/unchanged Fri, 19 Mar 2021 10:19:57 GMT
Spacious Skies https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/spacious-skies Spacious SkiesSpacious Skies

 

Just sitting on the side of the road trying to absorb the magnitude of this unspoiled part of the world.  I hope you get some feeling of being drawn into it from the photos.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #american national parks #continental divide #glacier national park #going to the sun road #nature photography #northern montana #rocky mountains #snow capped mountains ."#landscape photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/spacious-skies Wed, 17 Mar 2021 13:10:09 GMT
Mountain Majesty https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/mountain-majesty

 

Continuing along the Going to the Sun Road we get to enjoy the mountains, the lakes, the variety of beauty and serenity that nature offers.

If memory serves, Going to the Sun Road is about 50 miles long.  At my normal travel speed, it is about a 2 hour drive.  It took slightly over 4 days to make it through.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #american national parks #continental divide #glacier national park #going to the sun road #nature photography #northern montana #rocky mountains #snow capped mountains ."#landscape photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/mountain-majesty Mon, 15 Mar 2021 14:47:42 GMT
Going to the Sun https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/going-to-the-sun Going to the SunGoing to the Sun

 

Venturing out by car from Spokane, WA, went across northern Idaho, visited Missoula Montana and then headed north to Whitefish Montana enjoying the beauty of the scenery and the diversity of the scenery and wildlife.  This was our first visit to a National Park in the northwest part of the US and its beauty was captivating.

Glacier National Park is on the US Canadian border so our adventure continued along the Going to the Sun Road where we were awestruck by the glaciers (about 25 remaining0 in 2013) , the variety of birds(100's of species) and the large mammals like mountain goats,Canadian lynx, mountain lions and bears.  The landscape varies from mountains to prairies and is breathtaking at every turn.

Stay tuned as we take you with us on the rest of our journey into the Canadian Rockies and several Canadian National Parks.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #american national parks #continental divide #glacier national park #going to the sun road #nature photography #northern montana #rocky mountains #snow capped mountains ."#landscape photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/going-to-the-sun Sun, 14 Mar 2021 13:45:40 GMT
Northern Montana https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/northern-montana Northern MontanaNorthern Montana

 

After coming across northern Idaho and visiting the National Bison Refuge we headed north to Whitefish Montana to explore the scenery and hopefully safely encounter some of the wildlife in the area.  From here we ventures through Glacier National Park and then on up to the Canadian Rockies.

Each part of the trip was more breathtaking than the one before it.  Hope you will come along and enjoy the memories.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #continental divide #nature photography #northern montana #rocky mountains #snow capped mountains ."#landscape photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/northern-montana Fri, 12 Mar 2021 11:15:11 GMT
Reflecting on Nature https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/reflecting-on-nature Reflecting on NatureReflecting on Nature

 

The Canadian Rockies provide an endless palette of untouched nature at every turn.  It is like being in Mother Nature's wonderland.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # banff alberta #canada #canadian rockies #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #reflections of mountain peaks https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/reflecting-on-nature Thu, 11 Mar 2021 15:24:50 GMT
River Runs Through https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/river-runs-through River Runs ThroughRiver Runs Through

 

After driving through Glacier National Park we continued on our way through the Canadian Rockies where the countless beautiful scenes ensured that we proceeded slowly so we could take it all in.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # banff alberta #canada #canadian rockies #flowing river #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #pine tree framed river https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/river-runs-through Tue, 09 Mar 2021 14:28:34 GMT
Mountain Reflections https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/mountain-reflections Mountain ReflectionsMountain Reflections

 

Another leisurely ride in the Canadian Rockies creating memories of the natural beauty surrounding us.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # banff alberta #canada #canadian rockies #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #reflections of mountain peaks https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/mountain-reflections Sun, 07 Mar 2021 13:34:32 GMT
Twin Peaks https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/twin-peaks Twin PeaksTwin Peaks

 

In the area surrounding Banff, there are amazing vistas in every direction.  The air is fresh, the water is clean and nature abounds.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # banff alberta #canada #canadian rockies #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #reflections of mountain peaks https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/twin-peaks Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:26:32 GMT
Clean & Green https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/clean-green Clean & GreenClean & Green

 

Spending some relaxing time driving around the Banff area in the Canadian Rockies enjoying the clean area and the magnificent scenery.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # banff alberta #canada #canadian rockies #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #snow capped mountain peaks https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/clean-green Thu, 04 Mar 2021 20:30:30 GMT
Tic Tac Toe https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/fall-colors-4 Tic Tac ToeTic Tac Toe

 

While enjoying the beautiful fall day, when I cam across this scene, I couldn't help thinking back to the days when we played the game of Tic-Tack-Toe.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #country roads #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/3/fall-colors-4 Wed, 03 Mar 2021 13:24:24 GMT
Wintery Day https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/wintery-day Wintery DayWintery Day

 

Must admit that winter is not my favorite time of year, but morning's like this out in nature make it far more bearable.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #snowy covered trees #snowy scene #winter scenery #wintertime in michigan https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/wintery-day Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:20:58 GMT
Fall Colors -4 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/fall-colors--4 Peak ColorPeak Color

 

A week or so before peak color in our area.  Seemed like it was calling out to be photographed.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #country roads #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/fall-colors--4 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 12:57:10 GMT
In the Spirit https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/in-the-spirit In the SpiritIn the Spirit

 

At this point in the show, the dance reached its peak.  Watching the emotions of the solo dancer accompanied by hand clapping,  and progressively animated foot stomping along with all the hand, arm and body movements was highly energy charged.

I don't know about the others surrounding the stage, but I was tempted to jump up from my table and join in.  This time, my wife was able to restrain me.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cadiz #flamenco dance #gitano dance #gypsy dance #nikon #southern spain #spain #spanish dance andalusian region of spain https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/in-the-spirit Mon, 22 Feb 2021 14:26:16 GMT
Female Redhead https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/female-redhead Female RedheadFemale Redhead

 

 

This is one stalwart redhead that came in for a quick landing on our snow covered lake with temperatures just above single digits.

Redheads breed in the northern prairies of the United States and Canada and in the marshes out west. In autumn, the vast majority of redheads fly to their primary wintering grounds along the Gulf Coast. Roughly 80%  winter on the Laguna Madre of South Texas and northern Mexico. Smaller numbers of redheads migrate east across the Great Lakes and winter along the Atlantic coast from Rhode Island to Florida.

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #duck #duck on frozen lake #michigan #nature photography #waterfowl #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/female-redhead Sun, 21 Feb 2021 15:27:01 GMT
High Spirited https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/high-spirited High SpiritedHigh Spirited

 

The Flamenco dance and the accompanying guitar music originated in southern Spain.  It usually is accounted with the gypsy people (Roma).  

 

The dancer normally is accompanied by a guitar player and a singer.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cadiz #flamenco dance #gitano dance #gypsy dance #nikon #southern spain #spain #spanish dance andalusian region of spain https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/high-spirited Thu, 18 Feb 2021 11:17:58 GMT
Baile Flamenco https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/baile-flamenco Baile FlamencoBaile Flamenco

 

The Flamenco dance and the accompanying guitar music originated in the Andalusian region in southern Spain.  It has its roots in a mix of cultures - - Spanish, Arabic and Indian.

The dance is a performed by a solo dancer with a lot of hand, arm and body movements.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cadiz #flamenco dance #gitano dance #gypsy dance #nikon #southern spain #spain #spanish dance andalusian region of spain https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/baile-flamenco Tue, 16 Feb 2021 10:39:22 GMT
On the Prowl https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/on-the-prowl On the ProwlOn the Prowl

 

Shortly after the deer crossed the lake, two coyotes exited the woods at one end of the lake and crossed to the woods on the other side.  They seemed to be focused on something other than the deer as they were crossing perpendicular;ar to the deer's path.  This one was about 30 feet from our patio.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #canine #Carnivore #coyote #hunting for deer #hunting for prey #michigan #nature photography #nikon #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/on-the-prowl Sun, 14 Feb 2021 16:15:13 GMT
Spooked https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/spooked SpookedSpooked

 

These two does had just finished crossing the ice on the lake and came ashore right behind our home.  Their ears perked up quickly, they went on alert and quickly took off for the safety (?) of the woods.  Within minutes the cause for the alarm showed up, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see what spooked them.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #deer #deer running from danger #does #michigan #nature photography #nikon #whitetail deer #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/spooked Fri, 12 Feb 2021 13:25:53 GMT
Connected https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/connected ConnectedConnected

 

Dressage is a form of horseback riding mostly performed in competition or exhibition. This equestrian sport is described as "the highest expression of horse training" where the "horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements". (Source: International Equestrian Federation).

 

At its peak the horse and rider respond as one with minimal aid from the rider.  It is like a ballet where the two are totally connected both mentally and physically.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #andalusian horses #athletic ability #cadiz #competitive riding #dressage #equestrian competition #horseback riding #nikon #spain #the domecq family ranch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/connected Thu, 11 Feb 2021 13:43:41 GMT
Focused & Hunting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/focused-hunting Focused & HuntingFocused & Hunting

 

Right after the deer went on alert, raised their tails and took off running, along came a large coyote on their scent.  The deer had just come across the lake from one direction and this coyote was cutting across their path and now both were headed in the same direction.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) "#nature photography" #coyote #coyote crossing morris lake #coyote on the hunt #deer #large canine #michigan #nikon #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/focused-hunting Wed, 10 Feb 2021 13:22:42 GMT
Life on Ice https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/life-on-ice Life on IceLife on Ice

 

With less human activity in the area, the deer herd has grown and the number of does appearing daily appears to have doubled since last year.  In addition they now have created a daily path crossing the lake ending up right behind our home.  Schatzi thinks it's her job to guard against them and enjoys the chase from inside the house.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) "#nature photography" #deer #deer crossing morris lake #does #michigan #nikon #whitetail deer #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/life-on-ice Tue, 09 Feb 2021 13:44:12 GMT
The Breeders https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/the-breeders The BreedersThe Breeders

 

Once again at the Domecq ranch outside of Cadiz Spain. This was the grand entry of horses with their riders entering the ring to display the beauty of the of their coordinated movements before the dressage began.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #andalusian horses #cadiz #competitive riding #dressage #horseback riding #nikon #spain #the domecq family ranch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/the-breeders Mon, 08 Feb 2021 14:49:22 GMT
Taking a Break https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/taking-a-break Taking a BreakTaking a Break

 

Hummingbirds are fast, multi-directional fliers.  I was very surprised when this one landed for a brief rest. -- just long enough for a quick capture.  I also was excited about catching the moment with the beak open.

I have since learned they draw in nectar with their tongue not their beak.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) "#ruby throated hummingbird" "#wildlife photography" #birds #hummingbird #michigan #nikon #wildlife "#bird photography" #nature photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/taking-a-break Wed, 03 Feb 2021 13:19:28 GMT
Up, Up & Away https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/up-up-away Up, Up & AwayUp, Up & Away

 

Hummingbirds have no sense of smell.  They have outstanding eyesight through which they find their sources of food.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) "#ruby throated hummingbird" "#wildlife photography" #birds #hummingbird #michigan #nikon #wildlife "#bird photography" #nature photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/2/up-up-away Tue, 02 Feb 2021 13:54:45 GMT
Fall Colors -2 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/fall-colors--2 Fall Colors -2Fall Colors -2

 

More country roads in the fall in MI.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #country roads #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/fall-colors--2 Sat, 30 Jan 2021 13:13:13 GMT
Fall Colors -1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/fall-colors--1 Fall Colors -1Fall Colors -1

 

Continuing to explore the neighboring less traveled roads in our area.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #country roads #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/fall-colors--1 Tue, 26 Jan 2021 13:35:18 GMT
Autumn Leaves https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/autumn-leaves Autumn LeavesAutumn Leaves

 

Driving around exploring the backroads in the local area in the fall season brings some unexpected views.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #country roads #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/autumn-leaves Mon, 25 Jan 2021 13:52:41 GMT
The Color Purple https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/the-color-purple The Color PurpleThe Color Purple

 

I always have found water gardens, especially those with lotus blossoms particularly tranquil and an excellent place to sit back and connect with nature.  

In addition to its sheer beauty, the water lily symbolizes innocence, purity, please, hope and wellness. They have been cultivated as an ornamental plant for thousands of years.

Ancient cultures associated them with gods and spirituality.  The lotus is the primary flower of Buddhism.  The flowering of the lotus symbolizes truth and purity to the Buddhists and is associated with Buddha himself.

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #flora #floral photography #florida #landscape photpgraphy #lotus blossom #nature photography #nikon #waterlilies #waterlily https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/the-color-purple Sun, 24 Jan 2021 17:01:18 GMT
Solitude https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/solitude SolitudeSolitude

Moving out from Banff, Alberta to explore the area beyond Lake Louise, we encountered one majestic, pristine setting after another.  Needless to say, it may have been the slowest trip we ever have taken as every turn seemed to present a breathtaking view.

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(Newman Nature Photography) #"canadian #alberta #banff national park #canada #glacier lake #lake reflections #landscape photography #nature photography .#nikon rockies" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/solitude Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:43:51 GMT
Unwavering https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/unwavering UnwaveringUnwavering

 

Barn Owls sleep during the day and are active at night, they’re stealthy hunters, and have exceptional hearing. 

They can pick up the very faintest noise from their prey and use it pinpoint the prey’s location.  They even are able to use it to locate prey under cover like in grass or snow.

 

They are called “Barn” Owls” as quiet barns on wide open farmland are the perfect places for them to build their nests.  The barns give them protection from the weather and predators, and  the farmland also offers them their favorite food - - -  rodents - - - which they swallow whole. 

They do not “hoot”. Barn Owls make harsh, eerie screeches.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #barn owls #bird photography #birds of prey #nature photography #pawleys island #raptors #south carolina #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/unwavering Mon, 18 Jan 2021 13:46:22 GMT
Almost Gone https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/almost-gone Almost GoneAlmost Gone

 

Out walking with Schatzi, when I saw the few remaining patches of snow after the storm earlier in the day.  Couldn't resist grabbing the camera as soon as we got home.  Amazing how many different perspectives can be captured from one event.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #ice and snow #icy branches #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #snow on pine branches #winter scenery https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/almost-gone Sun, 17 Jan 2021 13:13:48 GMT
Disappearing Act https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/disappearing-act Disappearing ActDisappearing Act

 

After a few hours even the small patches of snow on the evergreens began to melt and the photo opportunities began to disappear quickly.  Fortunately I managed to capture a few memories to share.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) snowy pine tree branches #icy branches #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #snow and ice #winter scenery https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/disappearing-act Fri, 15 Jan 2021 12:12:57 GMT
Snow and Ice https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/snow-and-ice Snow and IceSnow and Ice

 

Must admit the snowfall a few nights ago created a beautiful winter landscape.  I almost was sorry to see it warm up and the snow fall off the trees.  Then again, there were two benefits - - it got warmer and the snow patterns on the evergreens came alive.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #ice #icy #landscape #michigan #nature #snow #winter and branches on photography pine scenery snow https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/snow-and-ice Thu, 14 Jan 2021 12:46:02 GMT
Curiosity https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/curiosity

 

After several days of rain, the lake has reached the highest level I've seen since moving here.  It reached within a few feet of the bird feeders which brought some waterfowl closer like this Wood Duck.  Eventually they got curious enough about the dropped feed from the bird feeders to come up and get a taste.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #michigan #nature photography #nikon #waterfowl #wildlife photography #wood ducks https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/curiosity Tue, 12 Jan 2021 19:29:18 GMT
Snow Patterns https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/snow-patterns Snow PatternsSnow Patterns

 

When we are fortunate enough to get a wet snow that clings to everything in sight  and when you take the time to actually see and enjoy what surrounds you, it is amazing what patterns and silhouettes can be found in the snow,

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #snowy covered trees #snowy scene #winter scenery #wintertime in michigan https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/snow-patterns Mon, 11 Jan 2021 13:59:56 GMT
My View of Winter https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/my-view-of-winter My View of WinterMy View of Winter

 

While not my favorite time of year, I must admit there are days when the scenery is magical.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #snow covered trees #snowy scene #sun and snow #winter scene #wintertime in Michigan https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/my-view-of-winter Sun, 10 Jan 2021 11:49:32 GMT
Sun and Snow https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/sun-and-snow-1 Sun and SnowSun and Snow

 

After an overnight snowfall and a gloomy start to the day, I thought a blue sky might make the winter wonderland even more beautiful.  

I don't normally play with Mother Nature, but I sure liked this finished product.  How about you?

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #landscape #michigan #nature #nikon #snowy #winter #wintertime covered in michigan photography scene scenery trees https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/sun-and-snow-1 Fri, 08 Jan 2021 14:48:11 GMT
Winter Wonderland -3 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-wonderland--3 Winter Wonderland -3Winter Wonderland -3

 

Almost surreal this morning.  That is, until I stepped out with the camera and the cold air hit me in the face.  Don't know what numbed me more, the cold air or the beauty surrounding me.  It was awesome.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #snowy covered trees #snowy scene #winter scenery #wintertime in michigan https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-wonderland--3 Thu, 07 Jan 2021 12:01:07 GMT
Winter Wonderland - 2 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-wonderland---2 Winter Wonderland - 2Winter Wonderland - 2

 

No matter which way I venture, the scenery was breathtaking after the overnight snowfall.  The temperature may have added to the "breathtaking" aspect a bit.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #snowy covered trees #snowy scene #winter scenery #wintertime in michigan https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-wonderland---2 Wed, 06 Jan 2021 13:06:44 GMT
Winter Wonderland -1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-wonderland--1 Winter Wonderland -1Winter Wonderland -1

 

Woke up this morning and much to my surprise it was a sight to behold.  It was a heavy, wet snow that hung onto everything in sight, and lasted long enough to capture the moment.  This is what I saw just before it stopped snowing and started to melt.  Glad I get out early.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #snowy covered trees #snowy scene #winter scenery #wintertime in michigan https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-wonderland--1 Tue, 05 Jan 2021 12:39:43 GMT
Protecting the City https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/protecting-the-city Protecting the CityProtecting the City

 

A monumental and impressive fortress. This is the Fort of St. Lawrence which lies outside the city walls at the western entrance to Dubrovnik. It  sits on  steep cliffs, about 125 feet high.  Legends abound on how it came to be "as well as the heroic acts of its guards and defenders. It dominates both the sea and land entrances to the city on the western side, and together with Bokar Fort, closes in and protects Dubrovnik's oldest harbour, Kalarinja. The Fort of St. Lawrence caused many problems for those who attempted to jeopardize the freedom of the Republic, primarily the Venetians."
 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cityscape photography #croatia #dubrovnik croatia #fort of st. lawrence #kalarinja harbor #landscape photography #nikon #old fort https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/1/protecting-the-city Mon, 04 Jan 2021 12:35:04 GMT
Morning Light https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/morning-light Morning LightMorning Light

 

Watching the Sunkist the mountain tops in the Canadian Rockies near Moraine Lake early in the morning.  Must admit it was surprisingly cold standing out there before sunrise in summertime, but certainly worth waiting in the dark for the sun to appear.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alberta #banff national park #canada #canadian rockies #glacier #landscape photography #morraine lake #nature photography .#nikon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/morning-light Mon, 28 Dec 2020 12:13:26 GMT
Springtime https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/springtime SpringtimeSpringtime

 

Hibiscus are found in many colors on shrubs and on trees.  In fact there are over 300 species, both annuals and perennials.

They prefer warmer, more tropical regions although I have photographed them in Michigan which is not known to be tropical, as well as Florida where they proliferate.

Bees find them particularly attractive, although they also are know to attract hummingbirds.

In addition to producing large colorful blooms, hibiscus has been used in many cultures as a remedy.  Tea brewed from hibiscus is still used in many countries as a common treatment for a variety of conditions.  Personally I never have tried it, and I cannot recommend it, but I understand it can be bitter.

I just enjoy their beauty and the opportunity to photograph them in their natural environment.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bee pollinating hibiscus #blooming hibiscus #floral photography #florida #flowering hibiscus #nature photography #nikon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/springtime Wed, 23 Dec 2020 12:33:51 GMT
New Friend https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/new-friend New FriendNew Friend

 

A chance meeting while wandering around the streets of Dominica (camera in hand) and a new friendship formed on the spot.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #caribbean #caribbean islands #dominica #nikon #people photography #street photography native of dominica https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/new-friend Mon, 21 Dec 2020 11:05:47 GMT
The Hospital https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/the-hospital The HospitalThe Hospital

 

I still don't know if a prisoner was considered lucky enough to get to the hospital, get shackled to these rails and survive only to spend the rest of his life here on Devils Island, or if death would have been kinder. 
 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #devils island #french guiana #landscape photography #nikon #papillion #prison hospital https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/the-hospital Wed, 16 Dec 2020 11:59:16 GMT
Downtown https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/downtown DowntownDowntown

 

Took a walk on top of the wall surrounding/protecting the beautifully preserved city of Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Building are close together, but it does not take away from the beauty of the location or the friendliness of the people.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cityscape photography #croatia #dubrovnik #dubrovnik overlook' #landscape photography #nikon #street photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/downtown Mon, 14 Dec 2020 11:34:53 GMT
Lake Louise https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/lake-louise Lake LouiseLake Louise

 

On the grounds of the Fairmont Chateau at Lake Louise viewing the snow capped mountains, and the remaining glacier, in Banff National Park (Alberta, Canada).  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alberta #banff national park #canada #canadian rockies #glacier #lake louise #landscape #nature photography .#nikon photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/lake-louise Fri, 11 Dec 2020 11:45:07 GMT
En Route to Banff https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/en-route-to-banff En Route to BanffEn Route to Banff

 

Having visited Glacier National Park, we kept following the road to the Canadian Rockies.  The views were pristine and breathtaking the entire route.  Took a lot longer to get to Banff than we anticipated. Hmmm!  Do you suppose that had anything to do with stopping to preserve the memories along the route?

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #canada #canadian rockies #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #road to the mountain peaks #scenic route to banff https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/en-route-to-banff Wed, 09 Dec 2020 11:46:46 GMT
The Tridge https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/the-tridge The TridgeThe Tridge

 

 

The Tridge is located in Chippewassee Park, in MIdland, MI.

 

The “Tridge”, opened in 1981.  It is a three-legged wooden pedestrian footbridge spanning the confluence of the Tittabawassee and Chippewa Rivers. 

 

 

It consists of one 30 + foot tall central pillar supporting three spokes. Each spoke is 180 feet long by 8 feet wide.

 

The waters flowing here have first carried the birchbark canoes of Native Americans.  Later steam boats from Saginaw and billions of board-feet of white pine logs traversed these waters.

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bridge among fall foliage #landscape photography #midland michigan #nature photography #wooden bridge three legged bridge https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/the-tridge Mon, 07 Dec 2020 12:59:19 GMT
Playtime https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/playtime PlaytimePlaytime

 

 

At the beginning of this year while in South Carolina, I was fortunate to happen upon several river otters fishing and playing in a coastal marsh area.  

 

These two were having so much fun rolling around in the water, I was tempted to jump in and join them.  On this rare occasion, common sense took over and I just watched them frolicking. Of course, the fact that the temperature only was in the mid 50’s might have had something to do with the “common sense”. 

 

The otter is the largest member of the weasel family found in South Carolina. Their weight range is 15 to 20 pounds with females slightly smaller than males.

 

They prefer clear water away from the intrusion of people. In South Carolina, otters are abundant in the coastal marshes, blackwater swamps and coastal waterfowl impoundments as these locations provide an abundance of food and cover. 

 

Otters are known to eat almost any animal matter found in the water like crayfish, crabs, fish, turtles, and even waterfowl. Being opportunistic, their diet tends to reflects the availability of the prey. Being  smarter than us, when they go fishing otters usually prey on the slower fish such as carp, suckers, and catfish.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #nature photography #nikon #Pawleys Island #river otters #river otters playing #South Carolina #Weasel Family #Wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/12/playtime Wed, 02 Dec 2020 11:50:25 GMT
Standing Tall https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/standing-tall Standing TallStanding Tall

 

 

Grizzly bears normally weigh between 300 - 900 pounds which is enormous. When you encounter one in the field, they look gigantic. Reportedly the largest grizzly bear on record weighed in at 1600 pounds and was found in Alaska.

 

Grizzlies are among the largest living carnivores. When on all four legs they appear to be 3-4 feet tall. When they stand upright on their hind legs, they can reach 9 feet tall - - an awesome sight.

Grizzly’s are omnivores, which means they eat vegetation and meat. A grizzly’s diet can consist of fruit, nuts, a wide variety of leaves, berries, roots and other animals. Animals can be as small as rodents or as large as moose since these bears are at the top of the food chain. 

They have excellent eyesight and excellent smell.  Supposedly their sense of smell is even better than hound dogs.

They use certain roaring and snorting languages for communicating among themselves. The roaring is load and foreboding and certainly sends a message.  I sure heard this one loud and clear.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bear #carnivore #grizzly #large mammals #montana #nature photography #nikon" #top of the food chain #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/standing-tall Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:54:55 GMT
Close Encounter https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/close-encounter Close EncounterClose Encounter

 

Rarely seen, especially during daylight hours, this mountain lion jumped down from a tree crossing our path as it took off running.

In the event you encounter one sometime in the future, there are certain things you may want to know beforehand.  Fortunately, I was around to learn about them after this encounter.

They are often referred to as cougars as well as mountain lions, but in either case, they are carnivores and will consume an average of 8-10 pounds of meat daily.  

They stalk their prey silently and prefer to ambush it and pounce.  They also have very keen night vision making them even better ambush hunters.

Finally, they can reach running speeds of 50 mph so it is fortunate for us that they tend to avoid human contact.

 

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cougar #feline #montana #mountain lion #nature photography #nikon #puma #wildlife carnivore wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/close-encounter Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:03:54 GMT
Ready for Action? https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/ready-for-action Ready for Action?Ready for Action?

 

The mountain lion is the fourth largest cat in the world. Males tend to be larger averaging around 8 feet from nose to tail tip, while females average about a foot less. 

On average males weigh 150 pounds, while females’ average weight is about 120 pounds.

Mountain lions cannot roar, however, they do produce a distinctive scream known as caterwauling.

Like other cats, the mountain lion is a carnivore. While deer are its most important food source, the mountain lion will kill and eat anything it can catch, ranging from insects all they way up in size to a moose. 

Like most cats, mountain lions are crepuscular and tend to hunt before dawn and after dusk.

If you come face-to-face with one do not:

  • Run:  Running can, in fact, trigger the mountain lion’s instinct to chase. They can reach speeds of 45+ mph in a sprint so you won’t win that race!
  • Crouch Down or Bend Over: To the mountain lion’s eyes, you will look like a prey animal in that position.
  • Climb: Trying to out-climb a mountain lion would be like trying to outrun it.  They can leap 15 feet up a tree; some have jumped almost 20 feet.

Your best approach is to stand tall and make some noise. Hopefully, you never will need it, but iIt wouldn’t hurt to carry a weapon, just in case.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) "#big cats" "#wildlife photography" #carnivore #cats #cougar #feline #mountain lio #nature photography #puma #wildlife https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/ready-for-action Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:07:11 GMT
Family Friendly https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/family-friendly Family FriendlyFamily Friendly

 

As you can imagine, the route along the river from Manaus to Boca de Valeria along the Amazon River was not densely populated.  Don't remember who was more excited every time we encountered a family, but it made everyone happy. 

Don't know hen I have met friendlier people.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #amazon river #houseboat living #lifestyle on the amazon #nature photography people photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/family-friendly Mon, 16 Nov 2020 13:19:18 GMT
Double Trouble https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/double-trouble Double TroubleDouble Trouble

 

These two raccoon kits had a wonderful time peering out at the world from their protective cover in this hollowed out log.  I watched for quite some time as first one, then the other, would Peter out at the world.  It took some time, but finally I captured them both in the same shot.  Made my day.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #animals #montana #nature Photography #raccoon kits #raccoon siblings #raccoons in a log #small mammals #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/double-trouble Thu, 12 Nov 2020 10:54:43 GMT
Cruising at Dawn https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/cruising-at-dawn Cruising at DawnCruising at Dawn

 

On the bow, espresso in one hand and camera in the other.  Seriously, I had to set down my espresso and hold the camera with both hands to make sure I caught this sunrise just as it broke over the horizon.  Don't recall exactly where we were, but who cares with scenery like this.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) "#daybreak in the islands" "#nature #caribbean #caribbean sunrise" #daybreak in the caribbean #landscape photography #nikon caribbean islands https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/cruising-at-dawn Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:14:20 GMT
Fall in MI -7 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/fall-in-mi--7 Fall in MI -7Fall in MI -7

 

The hills are alive with color!

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #changing seasons #country road in fall #fall colors #hines drive #michigan #nature photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/fall-in-mi--7 Thu, 05 Nov 2020 12:04:49 GMT
Fall in MI -6 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/fall-in-mi--6 Peak ColorPeak Color

 

Just before the colors peaked, mother nature put on a show.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #changing seasons #country road in fall #fall colors #michigan #nature photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/fall-in-mi--6 Wed, 04 Nov 2020 11:50:40 GMT
Fall in MI -5 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/fall-in-mi--5 Fall Colors -2Fall Colors -2

 

Another outing, another view and more color.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #changing seasons #country road in fall #fall colors #michigan #nature photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/fall-in-mi--5 Tue, 03 Nov 2020 12:01:36 GMT
Fall in MI -4 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/fall-in-mi--4 Fall Colors -1Fall Colors -1

 

On the road again.  It just keeps getting better.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #changing seasons #country road in fall #fall colors #michigan #nature photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/fall-in-mi--4 Mon, 02 Nov 2020 11:00:59 GMT
Fall in MI -3 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/fall-in-mi--3 Tic Tac ToeTic Tac Toe

 

The world around us has a lot to offer.  Just take the time to actually see it!

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #changing seasons #country road in fall #fall colors #michigan #nature photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/11/fall-in-mi--3 Sun, 01 Nov 2020 12:43:57 GMT
Fall in MI -2 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/fall-in-mi--2 Autumn LeavesAutumn Leaves

 

More beauty from nature that surrounds us.  Take time to take it in!!!

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #changing seasons #country road in fall #fall colors #michigan #nature photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/fall-in-mi--2 Sat, 31 Oct 2020 13:03:11 GMT
Fall in MI -1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/fall-in-mi--1 Fall in MI -1Fall in MI -1

 

This is the time of year to get out and enjoy the changing season.  I, for one, am not looking forward to what is coming next, but you cannot beat the scenery in Michigan this time of year.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #changing seasons #country road in fall #fall colors #michigan #nature photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/fall-in-mi--1 Fri, 30 Oct 2020 10:03:40 GMT
Country Road https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/country-road Country RoadCountry Road

 

Early autumn in Michigan is the beginning of my favorite time of year in the area.  The air is fresh, the colors are beginning to change and there just seems to be a tranquility settling in before the winter hibernation begins.

Michigan's two peninsulas offer many photo opportunities throughout the year, but fall color change seems to present opportunities at every turn in the road.  Although I try never to miss a chance to photograph a scene, my bucket list includes a long list of locations to visit this time of year in particular.  Hopefully, this year will produce some new surprises so you enjoy the fall season with me.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #change in seasons #fall color tour #fall colors #flora #michigan #nature photography #nikon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/country-road Thu, 29 Oct 2020 10:56:37 GMT
Breath of Fresh Air https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/breath-of-fresh-air Breath of Fresh AirBreath of Fresh Air

 

Continuing along the road from Glacier National Park through the Canadian Rockies we found that driving more than 5 minutes without stopping to take in the magnificent scenery was almost impossible.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #canada #canadian rockies #glacier national park #landscape photography #magnificent scenery #mountain view #nature photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/breath-of-fresh-air Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:07:54 GMT
Challenging https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/challenging ChallengingChallenging

 

A male deer is called a buck. The size of the buck depends on many factors, including longevity, his herd's sex composition, age, and environmental conditions.

The most unique feature of a buck is his antlers. Each winter, the buck will shed its antlers and grow new ones in the spring.

Dominance is very important to the male deer. If challenged, a larger buck will go into a stare down with all the other bucks. Out of fear, most bucks will avoid eye contact. However, if a brave opponent is found, the two duelers will lock antlers, and then pull away. This occurs several times until one buck yields from the fight due to injuries.

A dominant buck presents himself as proud and unafraid, with head held high and tail extended straight back. Dominant bucks have distinguishing dark hair tufts covering the lower leg which serve to dispense the buck's unique glandular scent distinguishing him as the sire of the herd.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #large mammals #michigan #nature photography #whitetail buck #whitetail deer #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/challenging Fri, 23 Oct 2020 11:37:12 GMT
10 Pointer https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/10-pointer 10 Pointer10 Pointer

 

 

Deer are social animals who group together in herds, but only within their own sex. 

Except for during the breeding phase, a buck will almost never be seen with a doe. 

Deer use urine as a method of communicating with each other.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #buck #deer #large mammals #michigan #Natiure photography #nature #nikon #whitetail deer #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/10-pointer Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:39:02 GMT
Quick Getaway https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/quick-getaway Quick GetawayQuick Getaway

 

Very small, very agile, very acrobatic in flight and very lightweight makes capturing these hummingbirds in flight very rewarding.  To put it into perspective, they can fly in any direction, their wings beat 50-200 per second and they weigh about 3 grams.  

If you put 2 US nickels in the palm of your hand, the combined weight would slightly exceed that of 3 hummingbirds.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) bird photography birds hummingbird michigan nature photography nikon ruby throated hummingbird wildlife wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/quick-getaway Mon, 19 Oct 2020 11:12:23 GMT
Emerald Lake https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/emerald-lake Emerald LakeEmerald Lake

 

 

Yoho National Park is another magnificent unspoiled area in Canada located in southeastern British Colombia. It is in an area along the western slope of the Continental Divide.

 

“Yoho” is a Cree Indian expression meaning “awe and wonder”.  I can attest

to the accuracy of that description.  It is full of wondrous scenery including spectacular waterfalls, towering cliffs, snow capped mountain peaks and crystal clear lakes.

 

One of many lakes in Yoho National Park, Emerald Lake,  provides a gentle, lakeshore surrounded by mountain and glacier views.

 

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #british columbia #canada #canadian rockies #continental divide #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #yoho national park https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/emerald-lake Thu, 08 Oct 2020 10:45:54 GMT
In a Word - "Regal" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/in-a-word---regal In A Word - RegalIn A Word - Regal

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #american eagle #birds of prey #majectic eagle #nature photography #nikon #pawleys island #raptors #south carolina #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/in-a-word---regal Mon, 05 Oct 2020 14:11:42 GMT
Brave Bulls - 2 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/brave-bulls---2 Brave Bulls - 2Brave Bulls - 2

 

Brave Bulls

 

Brave Bulls - 2

 

Another part of our visit to the Domecq family ranch in Cadiz Spain included watching the young bulls brought into a fenced area where a herd of cows was grazing. The bulls were separated from the cows by three  large, well trained pit bulls.  No animals were hurt during the process, but it certainly clarified how focused a pit bull is when accomplishing its task. It was interesting to watch and learn how much respect the bulls gave the dogs.

 

Once the cows were led into a separate field, we watched the ranch hands taught younger members of the Domecq family how to work the herd without harming the animals.

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bulls #cadiz #nature #nikon #pit bulls #spain #the domecq family ranch #wildlife #wildlife photography photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/10/brave-bulls---2 Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:27:49 GMT
Safe Harbor https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/9/safeharbor Safe HarborSafe Harbor

 

A tranquil and beautiful harbor in the lesser Antilles well known for providing safe harbor for the sailors.  While there are many more like these around the islands, this one seems to attract more sailors than most others we have seen in the area. 

In case you haven't identified it yet, it is on the island of Dominica which I would describe as having a mountainous landscape, friendly people and an overall sense of calm and beauty.  Definitely worth visiting.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #caribbean #caribbean islands #dominica #landscape photography #lesser antilles #nature island of the caribbean #nikon #sailboats at anchor https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/9/safeharbor Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:39:34 GMT
Brave Bulls -1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/9/brave-bulls--1 Brave Bulls -1Brave Bulls -1

 

Part of our visit to the Domecq family ranch in Cadiz Spain included watching the young bulls brought into a fenced area where a herd of cows was grazing.

Eventually, we watched the ranch hands teach the younger members of the Domecq family how to work the herd without harming the animals.


 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bulls #cadiz #nature photography #spain #wildlife #wildlife photography the domecq family ranch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/9/brave-bulls--1 Sat, 26 Sep 2020 12:22:46 GMT
Mates Forever https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/9/mates-forever Mates ForeverMates Forever

 

 

Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve is located on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, Canada.  It is the most accessible seabird rookery in North America. Bird Rock hosts the third-largest nesting site and southernmost colony of northern gannets in North America. The site is overflowing with perching, diving, and scrambling birds from edge to edge.

 

Assuming you are savvy enough to carry only the photo gear you will need, the 1 km hike from the Interpretation Center to the edge of the cliff where you can view, but not access, Bird Rock some 30-40 feet away is a relatively easy climb.  Bring very piece of gear you own and it could feel like the hike never ends.

 

Gannets nest on Bird Rock here by the thousands in the months of April through June.  They seem to really like Bird Rock, a 300+ foot tall  sandstone cliff which stands out above the pounding surf in the cold, frigid waters of the North Atlantic.

 

 

Gannets spend most of their lives at sea and when they finally return to land, they come back to the same nest — and same mate — every year pointing their heads to the sky, preening each other. 

 

The affection pretty much ends there as the gannets compete fiercely for both space and food.  The two gannets in the attached photo were surrounded by hundreds of other gannets, but their preening and mating ritual seemed to make them oblivious to the commotion surrounding them.

 

We barely could hear each other over the crescendo of sound from all the screeching seabirds.  It was almost deafening from the non-stop noise of thousands of gannets squawking.  Not just gannets, but the cliffs also were covered with black-legged kittiwakes, common murres, and other seabirds.

 

 

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Whale's Tail https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/9/whales-tail Whale's TailWhale's Tail

 

Out on the water in July 2018 in Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland.

 

Story is when Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) first saw North America in 1497, his first words were “O buono vista!”  In English, it means “Oh happy sight!”, which very appropriately describes the town of Bonavista.  Bonavista is located about a 3 1/2 drive from the capital city of St. John’s which is where our adventure began.

 

The world's largest population of feeding humpback whales is found here in Newfoundland.  They migrate from the Caribbean and spend from April to October in the waters off Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

To ensure that we were able to get close we ventured out in a Zodiac

The first evening about the time we got to the whales feeding area, the wind picked up and the waves bounced us around.  Sitting in the bow with the waves coming over the top, I had to shield my camera inside my wet suit to keep it dry. It worked for the camera, but not so much for me.  

 

Out again before sunrise in the morning in calmer waters was an amazing adventure.  There were several whale species feeding in the area .  

 

While approaching a pod of humpbacks, one seemed to be attracted to our zodiac which made for some outstanding photo opportunities but also required some expert boat handling to avoid getting capsized.  One humpback seemed to be so attracted to our presence that I could have touched its fin on several occasions.

 

Humpbacks generally are 40-50 feet in length and weigh between 55-65 tons which dwarfed our 6 person Zodiac.  It also made for a very exciting

ride as the boat rode the swells created by the whales movements.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #humpback whale #nature photography #newfoundland #north atlantic ocean #tail of a humpback in the morning sunlight #trinity bay #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/9/whales-tail Wed, 16 Sep 2020 13:11:15 GMT
Bonavista Light https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/9/bonavista-light Bonavista LightBonavista Light

 

 

Traveling through Newfoundland and Labrador was another memorable experience for me.  It is an exotic destination.  In fact, it is the easternmost part of North America you can go to without getting wet.  Of course, you can accomplish that too if you step a bit too far.  It is where the sun first kisses the North American continent.  You effectively are are standing at the end of the earth. 

As we set out at 4:30 on this morning our destination was Cape Bonavista to try and capture the sun as it broke the horizon using the historic lighthouse to complete the scene.

Lightkeepers have manned the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse since the early 1840’s.  While here you can view a seemingly endless horizon and you might be fortunate enough to see an iceberg or a humpback whale out to sea. 

It is the fourth oldest lighthouse in Newfoundland and in 1970 it was declared a Provincial Historic Site.

 

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cape bonavista #cape bonavista lighthouse #easternmost shore of north america #nature photography #newfoundland #North Atlantic Ocean #sunrise at the lighthouse https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/9/bonavista-light Mon, 14 Sep 2020 10:42:42 GMT
The Chase Is On https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/9/the-chase-is-on The Chase Is OnThe Chase Is On

 

I have the good fortune to live on a small lake in Michigan, and have been able to watch a swan couple raise and protect their cygnets each spring. Nature always has a way of balancing things out, so not all of the cygnets survive each year.  In fact, some years none survive even with the adults fiercely protecting them. 

Swans are very protective of their nesting area and they consider their nesting area the entire lake.  In this capture, the male swan is chasing a goose  - - one of about 8 or 10 - that made the mistake of wandering into the swans' "turf" to feed on the vegetation.  

The male swan can have a wingspread of up to 7 feet and weigh as much as 50 pounds.  In comparison, a  Canadian Goose typically weighs about 8 pounds and has a wingspread in the 4 - 5 foot range giving the swan a distinct size advantage. 

I think it is more about instinct and attitude than size, as the adult swans will just as aggressively attack any person approaching the nesting area or the cygnets.

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #canadian goose #michigan #muted swan #nature photography #swan chasing goose #waterfowl #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/9/the-chase-is-on Wed, 09 Sep 2020 12:28:56 GMT
Sea Parrots https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/9/sea-parrots Sea ParrotsSea Parrots

 

 

The island(s) of Newfoundland is the easternmost point in North America. It is an excellent breeding ground for many seabirds including the Northern Gannet and the Atlantic Puffin.

The Bonavista Peninsula is one of the few places in North America where you can get up close to a puffin colony.  The Elliston rookery has hundreds of nesting pairs which can be viewed after a brief walk outside of town.

The Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula artica) is one of four puffin species.  It is the only one that lives in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The puffin also is known as the “sea parrot” due primarily to its unique coloring.  Its face is primarily white, but it has additional colors around the eyes and the base of the bill.  Their underbellies are white and the rest of their bodies are primarily black.

Puffins also are fondly referred to as “the clowns of the sea”.  It seems as though they were created from parts leftover from other birds, including a beak like a parrot, feet from a duck and colors similar to some penguins.  No matter what they are called, they impressive in the air and underwater.

Puffins are true seabirds spending the majority of the year at sea.  They pass most of their time swimming, diving and feeding.  They are propelled by very powerful wings and they can dive to depths of about 200 feet.

They do come ashore to mate and breed at which time their beaks sport bright orange and yellow colors.  They are monogamous and mate for life.

 

 

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Reflecting on Nature https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/9/reflecting-on-nature Reflecting on NatureReflecting on Nature

 

 

This park contains a vast variety of topography and ecosystems.  It is a combination of farmland, rolling hills and forests. About 230 acres of water with several miles of shoreline await the park user.

 

A dam, constructed by some developers, formed one large lake from seven small lakes. There are 230 acres of water with Seven Lake being the largest at 170 acres.  The  2nd largest of the seven lakes is Dickinson Lake at almost 45 acres. 

 

The various lakes contain an abundance of fish including bluegill, bass, pike, tiger muskie and catfish.

 

In the wet areas, you are likely to find many species of songbirds, waterfowl, heron, squirrels, turtles, deer, muskrats, turtles, squirrels, deer, and many other wildlife species.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # high cloud formations #holly michigan #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #seven lakes state park #sky #waterscape photography on reflections water" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/9/reflecting-on-nature Thu, 03 Sep 2020 08:54:42 GMT
Andalusians https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2020/9/andalusians AndalusiansAndalusians

 

After crossing the Atlantic our second port of call was Cadiz Spain. Cadiz itself stands on a peninsula jutting out into a bay, and is almost entirely surrounded by water. While there, we were able to visit the Domecq family ranch a short ride outside the city.

 

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