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Goldfinches and more at Mass Audubon (Marshfield)

I went shooting at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield this past weekend. Sightings included an Eastern Phoebe, a couple of American Goldfinches, a Northern Cardinal, Bobolinks, Tree Swallows, and of course the ever present Purple Martins. Got some nice shots of the Phoebe slugging down its breakfast too!

Female American Goldfinch

Female American Goldfinch

Eastern Phoebe has Breakfast!


Ospreys and Plovers in Quincy

We were over in Quincy visiting our friends yesterday, and had the opportunity to photography an Osprey and a family of Killdeer. The Osprey nest was on a pole in the middle of a marsh, so we couldn't get too close. In addition, the Osprey didn't seem to be too happy to be entertaining visitors so we didn't get closer than 70-80 yards or so. 



After a little while, we decided to walk across the street to a small pond in a marshy area to see what we could find. We saw an Egret, a House Finch and a family of Killdeer. The finch was sitting on a power line and as a matter of principle I don't post 'bird-on-a-wire' pictures on this blog, though the male's plumage was amazingly beautiful!  The Killdeer were a little more accommodating, and I got a few pictures of the adults and chicks.



Thanks Jeff and Luci for the unique photo opportunities!


Water Monitor

The Water Monitor is a large species of Monitor Lizard and is found throughout Asia. Larger specimens can grow to over 10 feet in length and can weight over 50 lbs, but most are around half that size. They're carnivorous, and their diet comprises of snakes, frogs, rodents, birds, fish and even carrion. I photographed this one in Ruhunu National Park, Sri Lanka.



Origami or Oriental Darter?

This picture reminds me of a Japanese Origami bird! This bird was sunning itself on the shore of a lake in Habarana, Sri Lanka. The second picture has better light, but not as dramatic a pose.




Yellow-Wattled Lapwing

Endemic to the Indian Subcontinent, this wader is usually found in open habitat areas. They don't migrate with the seasons, but do migrate during the Asian Monsoons.The young are nidifugous, leaving the nest soon after birth to forage with their parents.



Brahminy Kite at Sunrise

I took this picture while on Safari in Yala National Park in Sri Lanka a couple of years ago. It was pretty early in the morning and the light levels were pretty low, so the picture had quite a bit of noise in it. I didn't think much of this until a couple of weeks ago, when I found it while trolling through LightRoom. It cleaned up ok so I thought I'd put it up here. My favorite thing about this picture is the amazing pink clouds in the background...