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There are bald eagles at the house and around the area. Somewhere is a nest but I couldn't see it.

But this one would sit in the tree at the bottom of the field watching the bay.

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Many mornings I'd go down the field and see it fly off to the other side of the cove or over to the harbor.

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Frequently it would land in a tree across the small cove.

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There is at least one juvenile

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The eagles would come back towards evening.

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One evening my wife and I were up the road. She was picking blueberries. We were just talking. Two eagles landed in a tree across a marshland. Far away for a good photo but here are the two eagles and they were across this marsh.2022 08 18 15 25 54.JPG2022 08 18 15 26 18.JPG
 

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I've always loved Osprey. All they eat is fish and similar critters that they catch in the water. They hover over a spot and then dive and plunge into the water for their food. Their worst enemies are eagles who will wait for the osprey to catch a fish and then steal the fish. Eagles really aren't very nice.

Anyway, in this thread and the old long one that's somewhere in the archives I've talked a lot about Mud Creek. Mud Creed is an inlet from Frenchman's Bay in Lamoine Maine. There have been Osprey nests on the power poles for years. Two years ago the nest was gone. but last year a new pole was put in and a pedestal placed above the wires. And a webcam too! The webcam works sometimes. A lot of the time when the webcam is working the birds are off somewhere but I did get a screen shot of two in the nest that are posted below with the photos.2022 07 26 18 25 25.JPG2022 07 26 18 25 36.JPG2022 08 13 11 04 15.JPG2022 08 13 11 05 10.JPG2022 08 13 11 05 33.JPG2022 08 13 11 05 56.JPG2022 08 13 11 05 56a.png2022 08 22 13 09 48.JPG2022 08 22 13 10 06.JPG
 

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Birds that stand and walk around

Great Blue Heron and Egrets. They do pretty much the same thing. They stand in the water and then in a flash, grab a fish or grog or something that gets too close.

The first three are a Birch Harbor, Maine. The route out of the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park.

The last two photos is of a great blue that flew in when I was down at the shore in front of the field up to the house.
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Three related species that hang out by the waves and eat little things that wash up or worms and bugs.

Spotted Sandpiper and Semipalmated plovers and sandpipers.

The first was at the shore by the house.
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The other two were a couple of about 100 along the shore at Wonderland. Different species the semipalmated Plovers and Sandpipers but they pal around together in the hundreds. Wonderland cove is a sandy and small pebble cove. You don't see them until you get to close and 20 or 30 will take off together down the shore and pal up with other groups. I don't know of any other two separate species that pal around together like these two. When 50 or 100 fly off they even fly together.

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Birds that dive under Water to chase down their food.

Double crested cormorants

They swim around and dive down frequently until they are fed. They they stand around with their wings outstretched to let the water drain out before they fly.

When they fly it's so common for them to fly in groups of three. They do fly solo or two or more but 3 in fomrations seems most common.

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Common Mergansers

Common Mergansers also drive to chase down their food. They are ridiculously fast swimming on top of the water like a speed boat, or below like a really fast fish.

These common mergansers were at Jordan Pond where there is a sandy section about 12-15 inches deep, strewn with rocks.

They were very amusing. They were paddling around with their heads under water to see little fish. When they would see one they shot so fast it was really entertaining because they only had about a foot of water and boulders to avoid. They are so fast and agile.

Other visitors we saying "Look at the Loons! Look at the Loons" and I'd say, No. Those aren't loon. Loon are way larger and are mostly black and while they also dive to chase down their food they don't usual do it in shallow water. These are common mergansers. "Common what?" Common Mergansers. "Not loons?" No. Not loons. "Common what?" Common Mergansers. I had 3 or 4 conversations like that as different people came and went.2022 08 15 13 47 48.JPG2022 08 25 15 01 04.JPG2022 08 25 15 01 16.JPG2022 08 25 15 01 20.JPG
 

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More birds that dive.

Black Guillemots

I saw this one off the shore at the harbor. It has food.

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And most exciting for me was this lifer. A razor bill. First ever for me. It was a Frazer Point on the Schoodic section of Acadia. They can dive as deep as 300 feet looking for their food.

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I've mostly lost interest in photographing herring gulls. I have thousands. Unless they are doing something interesting.

These two shots are interesting. I don't know how a herring gull could have caught a fish. Herring Gulls are totally ill-equipped to catch a fish. My guess is that it was accidentally dropped from 100 feet up by an Osprey and was stunned or killed or it was dying or dead. Anyway, this gull has a fish.... for the moment. They are also ill-equipped to hold onto a fish.

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And here's a herring gull doing some good. The invasive green crab is taking over the entire US east coast. Terrible. Voracious eaters. They are decimating the native mussel and soft shell clam population. It's good to see at least one native species learning that green crabs are food.

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And a few extra wildlife that will finish these series of posts of wildlife from our 30 days in Maine this summer.

White-tail deer. This is up the road from the house just in view. One of the local neighbors has a big sign on a 6foot by 4 foot plywood board resting against a tree by the road. "DEER Crossing" Yep. For sure. This mama deer and the kid were crossing the road.

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And this cat, Walle..... Oops. Never mind. Not wildlife. Move along....

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Crows! Crows! If there are bird of pray around, there will be crows to taunt and pester and make pests of themselves. We have birds of pray so we also have crows!

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Large hard shell clams. Huge. I sometimes find one or two at very low tide. It's large enough for a meal. But I always toss them out into deeper water. These huge hard shell clams may be the only shellfish left who have a chance of protecting itself from the hoards of green crabs.

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A brown fuzzy feather-headed dingbat with a nurf dart. Semi-wild. Oops. Never mind...

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Finally a medium sized snapping turtle on Eagle Lake. It's too bad they don't live in cold salt water. Maybe they would kill off the green crabs. But unfortunately they like fresh water ponds.

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I think that's it for the interesting wildlife from my month in Maine. I haven't bothered to post the song sparrows, barn swallows, phoebe's, chickadees, goldfinch, tree swallows, robins and all those songbirds. I didn't see anything new so I didn't spend a lot of time trying to get good shots. Mediocre shots of birds I have by the hundreds aren't worth the effort.
 

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Do you have a problem with fish or what? Just about everything you posted picks on the poor fish! :)
 

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I'm pretty sure that this skunk was looking for a way into the cat fence to find a next for the winter. Perhaps people recall my skunk issues under the deck in prior years and the day that Walle the cat came in at 4pm and jumped on my bed dripping skunk spray.

Fortunately blocking ground level gaps in the fence for the kitten also blocks skunks getting in.

This skunk crossed my front year in the full sunshine at 3:30pm today, checked out around the cat fence and moved on.

Note> Skunks stink even when they haven't sprayed because this one stunk.

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

One male and one female. The male has the thick pattern of dots on his throat, which are a bright ruby red in light.

I thought if I put sunflower seeds on this same balcony rail, I'd also see the Black Cap Chickadees up close too. Nope, the chickadees turned chicken! I was sitting about 5 feet from this feeder and one of the hummingbirds came in and hovered a foot from my face for a few seconds. These are brave and curious birds.
They're on their flight south now.
 

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Female Ruby throated humming bird I believe? We have them though I think that they are on their way south by now.

The feeder is the best way to get a photo.

They can fly a whole long way non-stop. 500 miles non-stop across the Gulf of Mexico
 

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Female Ruby throated humming bird I believe? We have them though I think that they are on their way south by now.

The feeder is the best way to get a photo.

They can fly a whole long way non-stop. 500 miles non-stop across the Gulf of Mexico
The one in flight is a male. This spring I'll try to get pictures of them in the light, to see the pattern of dots on a male's throat light up. It's like a car's tail-light, how bright it is.

It's one whole day of flying across the gulf. That's a very long haul for a bird that normally needs to eat half his body weight each day. These guys were visibly fatter and coming to the feeders more often in September, getting ready for their long journey. All the details about these birds are astonishing. See the documentary "Hummingbirds" by D. Attenborough if you haven't, it's great.
 

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As I was filling the kettle I noticed that there was a visitor outside the kitchen window - a juvenile Butcher Bird.

I presume it's a juvenile, because the black parts are still brown. It's an accomplished flier though, and as big as an adult.

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Peregrine Falcons at 367 Collins St Melbourne - live feed. Looking to the south


The river in the lower left corner is the Yarra river. And yes that is its usual colour.
 

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Earlier today I saw that those itty-bitty nearly microscopic ants had found the cat food dish on the basement floor. I threw most of the food into the woods but some had stayed on and I left it outside the basement door while getting rid of the ants inside and forgot about it.

A little bit ago I heard a noise outside so I grabbed my flashlight and my phone.

An Opossum had found it. I took these photos through the glass basement door. I guess I need to be more careful if it happens again. Don't want to be feeding the wildlife. At least it wasn't a skunk.

That dish has a diameter of 8 and a quarter inches.

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Earlier today I saw that those itty-bitty nearly microscopic ants had found the cat food dish on the basement floor. I threw most of the food into the woods but some had stayed on and I left it outside the basement door while getting rid of the ants inside and forgot about it.

A little bit ago I heard a noise outside so I grabbed my flashlight and my phone.

An Opossum had found it. I took these photos through the glass basement door. I guess I need to be more careful if it happens again. Don't want to be feeding the wildlife. At least it wasn't a skunk.

That dish has a diameter of 8 and a quarter inches.

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Be happy you have opossums. They eat ticks like nobody's business, and are immune to carrying or catching rabies. They are generally pretty chill, and will leave humans alone. Of all the wildlife in that size class you could have around a property, opossums are one of the best AFAIK.
 

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Be happy you have opossums. They eat ticks like nobody's business, and are immune to carrying or catching rabies. They are generally pretty chill, and will leave humans alone. Of all the wildlife in that size class you could have around a property, opossums are one of the best AFAIK.


Yup I agree. I just don't want them to get used to me accidentally feeding.
 

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Juvenile bluetongue lizard in my garden. They keep the snail population in check.



A bearded dragon giving me the evil eye.

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That’s amazing - such cool birds.

I hear they can kill you though.
 

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There are a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets enjoying our mulberry tree, which is currently producing an insane amount of fruit.

For birds with bright colours, they're surprisingly well camouflaged.
Their bodies have leaf shaped greens and berry shaped oranges. They're gonna be hard to spot.
 

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I see one left of a fork in a branch that's the left fork of a larger branch. Orange neck looking right.

I don't see the second.
 

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I see one left of a fork in a branch that's the left fork of a larger branch. Orange neck looking right.

I don't see the second.
The second has its back to the camera, above and to the left of its mate. It's standing on a leaf-less horizontal branch, doing an excellent leaf impersonation.
 

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I see one left of a fork in a branch that's the left fork of a larger branch. Orange neck looking right.

I don't see the second.
The second has its back to the camera, above and to the left of its mate. It's standing on a leaf-less horizontal branch, doing an excellent leaf impersonation.
I guess my color vision isn't up to it, I still can't see any birds. Shades of green are very hard for me.
 

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doing an excellent leaf impersonation.

Found it. Yes. Likely easier to spot when it's moving.
Neither was moving when I noticed them; They must have seen me and frozen (I was only about two metres away from them)
Yeah, I've had birds freeze when I was close and flight wasn't an option.

I didn't even see the sparrow until I picked the fruit right next to it and it let out quite a screech.
 
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