As spring arrived and everything started to bloom, I began to look forward to one of my favorite times of the year to photograph birds of prey. It was time for the alewives to make their journey from the sea to the freshwater to spawn. The “masters” of fishing would soon be displaying their skills. It was time to photograph the eagles and osprey in action!
My days often started at sunrise and ended at sunset at different locations across Maine waiting for an opportunity to photograph them in action. Some days felt longer than others with little reward, but in the end all my time and effort paid off. I was able to observe and successfully photograph several ospreys with their catch and had a great opportunity to even get an eagle in action.
While the eagles and osprey steal most of the attention, another “master” of fishing that doesn’t get a lot of credit is the herring gull. It is amazing to watch them dive head first into the water and come up with an alewife that is as long as their body is. The other gulls will attack each other for the fish so they have to be quick once they make a catch. The gulls will take flight and before you can even think about taking the shot they will have swallowed the fish whole! It is amazing to see and something that was unexpected the first time I ever saw it.
This spring also brought many other unexpected wildlife adventures. I got to observe a mother fox caring for her Kits, black bears, peregrine falcon chicks, an eagle nesting, and seals enjoying the fish feast as well. Not all of the encounters made for great photographs, but for me the opportunity to observe the wildlife going about their normal activities was AMAZING! Capturing great photographs of these moments is rewarding, but observing even a small glimpse into the life of a fox, eagle or any other wildlife gives you a greater appreciation for all wildlife.
So the next time a chipmunk, raccoon, or any other small creature wanders into your yard, take the time to stop and observe them in action. You may be pleasantly surprised at how much you will learn and begin to appreciate the wildlife we still have!
To see more of my wildlife images and larger photos of the ones in this blog, please visit my Wildlife Gallery.