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Pen and Cob

January 22, 2024 - During the migratory period when all the ducks show up, the swans seem to accept the temporary intrusion on "their" lake...
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The Hen

January 17, 2024 - In comparison to the easily recognizable "green headed" male mallard, the female has a more mottled brown appearance. Sh...
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Aix Sponsa

January 15, 2024 - Wood Ducks are known for their vibrant plumage and somewhat unique behavior. One of the most striking features of the wo...
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Dipping

January 12, 2024 - The ducks' migration has begun in earnest. It is a well-orchestrated feat ingrained in the ducks' instincts. Michigan i...
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Mergus Merganser

January 08, 2024 - The adult female common merganser is recognizable by her chestnut head which are clearly demarcated from her gray feathe...
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Ring-Necked

January 05, 2024 - If you are like me, I want to call this duck "Ring Billed" because of the obvious white ring on its bill. Fooled me too!...
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Drying Off

January 01, 2024 - Mallards really are fascinating ducks. The male mallard seen here is called a drake. The males have more vibrant colors...
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The Migration

December 27, 2023 - As fall descends on Southeast Michigan, the skies come alive with the calls of ducks embarking on their annual migration...
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Treasure Hunt

December 21, 2023 - Somehow the squirrels seem to know when Schatzi our rescue dog is sleeping. If she is awake and sees a squirrel she sta...
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The Couple

December 20, 2023 - As part of this year's annual migration a higher than normal number of merganser ducks joined the other breeds visiting...
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Few of Many

December 15, 2023 - In between t the clouds and the snow showers, the sun broke out briefly and various groups of mallards were actively fee...
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The Streets Are Alive

November 29, 2023 - In addition to weather supporting plusher growth for the wildlife to feed upon, this is the year during the oak tree cyc...
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Almost Hidden

November 20, 2023 - The temperatures have dropped 10-15 degrees below normal during the past couple of weeks. Prior to that, we experienced...
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Young Buck

October 16, 2023 - We are seeing more deer this year than any other time during our 8+ years here. In addition to their proliferation, they...
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In the Mix

September 12, 2023 - Here's a familiar backyard bird that usually is attracted to see feeders. In fact, it usually is the first bird to disco...
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Early Fall-1

September 07, 2023 - Here we are, Labor Day plus two days and the leaves already are changing colors. While I look forward to photographing t...
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Butterfly Bush

August 30, 2023 - From this perspective you can get a sense of how large the wingspan of this male eastern tiger swallowtail is. The femal...
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Profiled Swallowtail

August 28, 2023 - The eastern tiger swallowtail is very common throughout the eastern US. It is large with a wingspan of 3-6 inches and br...
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Papilio Glaucus

August 25, 2023 - The swallowtail butterfly are the second most easily recognized butterfly in the US. It is only second to that regal mon...
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Deception

August 21, 2023 - I called this capture "deception"because at a distance you think you may be looking at a small hummingbird or a large be...
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Hemaris Thysbe

August 20, 2023 - I was relaxing and watching the hummingbirds and the bees extract nectar from the bee balm and butterfly bush plants on...
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The Getaway

August 18, 2023 - For the second time this week, the doe and her two fawns showed up in the wetland behind our home. This time as they app...
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The Great Pollinator

August 16, 2023 - Honey bees are very important pollinators for flowers and fruit and vegetables making them "Super Pollinators". They tra...
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Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)

August 14, 2023 - A year round Michigan resident. Even though its name implies that it is purple in coloring actuality it is reddish. The...
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Full View

August 11, 2023 - Finally managed to capture a monarch butterfly coming directly toward me leaving the butterfly bush on our deck. This wa...
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Newborn

August 09, 2023 - For the second time since returning back here in mid-April, the deer herd has expanded. Just within the past few days, a...
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Catching the Light

August 07, 2023 - While I am not a big fan of photographing birds on feeders, I couldn't resist sharing this capture as the light was just...
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Busy Bee

August 04, 2023 - Worker bees cannot carry very much pollen from that many flowers at any one time. As a result, a worker bee will visit b...
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All Natural

August 02, 2023 - I took a chance last winter and left a planter on the deck with the remnants of a bee balm plant hoping it would come ba...
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The Great Debate

July 24, 2023 - When the finch flock shows up to feed and there are 5 or 6 attempting to feed at the same time, the branches above the f...
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Refueling Stop

July 21, 2023 - With it's back toward the finches and orioles debating over the grape jelly, this hummingbird kept coming and going undi...
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Not Here

July 19, 2023 - Recently, the finches have discovered the grape jelly enjoyed by the Baltimore orioles every day. When it began, only 1...
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Dining Together.

July 14, 2023 - Just before the thunderstorms began, the orioles worked hard to empty the feeder of all the grape jelly that was put out...
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Bathing Beauty

July 10, 2023 - This female muted swan is about to begin her morning bathing ritual in earnest. Always graceful.
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Looking for Lunch

July 07, 2023 - Recently, a pair of great blue herons have taken up residence nearby and visit the lake behind our home on a daily basis...
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Fast Approach

July 05, 2023 - This ruby throated hummingbird suddenly appeared as it came up from below the deck railing. Without hesitation it procee...
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Cautious Approach

July 03, 2023 - Before heading down to feed, this ruby throated hummingbird took the cautious approach and surveyed the area around the...
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Staredown

June 23, 2023 - Normally, swans mate early spring and only mate once per year. This year, the muted swan couple (Pen and Cob) had lost a...
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Tranquility

June 21, 2023 - Sitting on the deck with my 2nd espresso watching the sun come up on a clear, cool morning. It is very quiet and peacefu...
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Hot Foot

June 19, 2023 - This finch had just finished feeding on grape jelly in the oriole feeder and had landed on the deck railing. It almost i...
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Splashing Around

June 16, 2023 - After mating for the second time this season and separating, they bathing ritual began in earnest. Here is the female mu...
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Rest Stop

June 14, 2023 - Once in a great while I am fortunate enough to be ready when one of the ruby throated hummingbirds takes a very brief re...
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Gaping

July 15, 2022 - Baltimore orioles will feast on fruit and berries like oranges, grapes, and raspberries, much to the chagrin of farmers.
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Up, Up and Away

July 13, 2022 - When in adulthood Baltimore orioles on average achieve a length of about 8 inches - - smaller than a robin by about 2 in...
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Sweet Tooth

July 12, 2022 - The Baltimore oriole's favorite food is insects. They also have a sweet tooth so if you want to attract them in your bac...
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Leap of Faith

July 11, 2022 - Adult male Baltimore orioles show brighter colors than their female counterparts. The juvenile males grow their full plu...
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Look Out Below

July 08, 2022 - Surprisingly, Baltimore Orioles, like this female, really are not members of the oriole family. They really are in the b...
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All Aglow

May 13, 2022 - This male mallard took advantage of some brief sunshine to capture the light and show off his beautiful colors.
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Perching Duck

May 09, 2022 - Wood ducks often are referred to as "Carolina Ducks". They nest in trees typically in hollowed out nests of squirrels,...
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Breeding Season

May 05, 2022 - In terms of weather, April has been more like March with gray skies, snowy days, lots of wind and freezing temps at nigh...
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Splish Splash

May 04, 2022 - One day recently a flock of Ring-necked ducks suddenly appeared at the far end of our lake. They all were in breeding pl...
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Meleagris gallopavo

May 03, 2022 - This wild turkey is a bird native to the US. It is considered a proud bird that has strong protective instincts. In face...
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Exploring New Waters

April 29, 2022 - This is a breeding Ring necked duck. They returned en masse a few days ago, stayed for a few days and disappeared as qui...
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Nest Building

April 28, 2022 - Muskrats are semi-aquatic mammals. They look a lot like beavers as they have furry bodies and partially webs hind feet....
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Deer Feed ???

April 19, 2020 - I think I have been duped. All along, I though I was buying bird food.
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