Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

Turkey Vulture or Buzzard

Thursday, May 28th, 2009
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

I was on my way home from dropping my daughter off at day care the other day and spotted four Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) perched on a fence down the road from my house.  Once again I didn’t have my camera with me, but this time I went home and got the camera and went back.

When I get back they weren’t on the fence any more, they were on the silo behind the pasture.  I was a little dissapointed that they weren’t on the fence, but they were still near by.

April Osprey…

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
Osprey in Hilton (Pandion haliaetus)

Osprey in Hilton (Pandion haliaetus)

I know it’s been a while since I posted anything.  I have a variety of photos to get posted.

Well, I was on my way to pickup my daughter from my parents and happened to see a sizable bird on top of a telephone pole.  So of course I stopped and grabbed the camera.  I have missed a variety of photo opportunities over the past couple weeks, as a result of not carrying my camera.

Not today however.

Osprey in Hamlin (Pandion haliaetus)

Osprey in Hamlin (Pandion haliaetus)

Family Trip To The Seneca Park Zoo

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Bald Eagle at Seneca Park ZooSaturday June 14th, we went to the Seneca Park Zoo, our local zoo. We actually had most of the family with us. My mother, my brother Rick, my brother Matt and his wife, Christina and their daughter Lilly.

It wasn’t that hot, and the rain held out until we were about 1/2 way through.  This was Lexi’s first visit to the zoo.  We tried to take her the week before, but when we got there it was closed, so we ended up feeding the ducks and geese in Charlotte.

The zoo in general is a pretty good place for taking pictures of animals.  Some animals are more cooperative than others.  The Seneca Park Zoo has a good variety of animals, nothing spectacular, but definitely worth  visiting.

Bald Eagles are one of my favorite animals.  They always seem to have a very noble expression.

Cool Kids and Wild Wings

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

GHO the Great Horned Owl from Wild WingsLast Friday evening we went to the Cool Kids event in Brockport. They were featuring Wild Wings, a non-profit organization specializing in birds of prey. They house and care for permanently injured raptors. They brought four of their friends, Quiver (American Kestrel), Wink (Eastern Screech Owl), GHO (Great Horned Owl), Amber (Red-Tailed Hawk).

I was hoping to get a chance to talk with them after the presentation but the weather didn’t cooperate. It did however hold out until the end of the presentation. Then the skies just opened up.

Aquarium of Niagara

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Lion Fish This is another picture from our weekend away.  The Aquarium of Niagara isn’t that big, but they do have a nice collection of animals.  This is a Lion fish.  From a photographers perspective, it poses some unique challenges. Anytime you try to take pictures through glass you can expect to get some good shots and some that don’t make the cut.  This one turned out OK.


Buffalo Zoo

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Golden Tiger at the Buffalo Zoo.We started our weekend trip on Friday morning.  We went to the local zoo (Seneca Park Zoo) to get a membership.  In prepping for the trip I found that the local zoo has an agreement with several other zoos.  If you are a zoo member you can get either free or discounted admission to other zoos, nationwide.  We have a 2 year old that we are planning to take to the zoo this year, so the membership just made sense.  To top it off, our membership gets us into the Buffalo zoo and the Niagara Aquarium also.

We arrived at the zoo early afternoon, when we got through the gate we were a little surprised at all of the kids there.  They were on a field trip.  They were leaving as we got there.  There was a lot of construction at the zoo. As a result of the construction we had to do a bit of extra walking. The weather was actually pretty much perfect for our day at the zoo. It wasn’t too hot or cold.

We are talking about going back sometime after July. One of the things that was being built while we were there was a tropical exhibit. (Yeah, we were surprised that they didn’t already have one.) There were some tropical birds in the giraffe house, but only a couple.

The photo above is one of the Golden Tigers that was basically posing.  He had a couple of friends in with him, but he was the one that definitely stood out.

Next will be the Buffalo Erie botanical gardens.


Niagara Falls and More

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Part of the old Niagara Fall Powerplant

Last weekend we went away for my wife’s birthday. Originally we were planning on going to Herkimer Diamond mines, but she decided she wanted to go to Niagara Falls instead. So off we went. We planned on going to the Buffalo Zoo, the Buffalo-Erie botanical gardens, and the Niagara Aquarium.

We left on Friday morning and went to the zoo.

The above picture is part of the old Niagara Falls power plant.

More pictures from out trip, to follow.


Feeding the Ducks

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

American CootWe decided to take our two year old daughter to feed the ducks this past Saturday. We live about five minutes from Lake Ontario, so there is a variety of water and wetlands in the area.

We figured we would be feeding them for a while, but it was pretty much a bust. The only ducks we found were out in the bay far beyond our reach. I even tried to lure them in with bread. I couldn’t even throw the bread out far enough for them to even notice it. So we drove around for a while trying everywhere in the area that was accessible within reason. The only ducks we did see were either out of reach or inaccessible.

We stopped at a small bridge on our way home and we saw a muskrat and this duck like creature. It took me a little while to actually figure out what is was. I tried searching for “black duck with a white bill”. What I found out was that this isn’t a duck at all, it’s an American Coot, a duck like water bird. I have been an outdoors man my entire life and I don’t ever remember seeing this wonderful bird before. I hope it sticks around for a while, I want to go back and take some more pictures.


Doom and Gloom

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Snow Goose

Well, I haven’t been able to get out much lately to take pictures. So last Sunday we decided to leave a little early to drive around and see what might catch our eye. We didn’t have that much luck. It turned out to be a cloudy, gloomy, wet day. It actually started raining. The geese above were in the Irondequoit bay area. We were actually on our way back when we spotted them and decided to stop to snap some shots.


Gallery on-line

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Well, here it is.  My first of many galleries to come.  There are 124 pictures in this gallery.  There are a variety of photos, including, sunrise, sunset, scenery, waterfalls, skyscapes, and more.  These are all low resolution images for on-line viewing purposes. 

Also, I created this blog layout using 2 of the pictures from my collection.

Let me know what you think.