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Disabled Nature & Club Sports Photographer, Birder. Nature is my home!!!
Disabled Nature & Club Sports Photographer, Birder. Nature is my home!!!

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~~ FREEDOM.... What It Means To Me ~~

Freedom comes in all forms... it means different things to different people depending on their life experiences. I can't think of a single all purpose definition of freedom that would cover everyone in the world.
I will say that the type of freedom I am presenting here could possibly come close depending on your situation. This type of freedom could be applied to each and every person on this planet 'IF' they lost the ability to walk.
A basic manual wheelchair is quite limited to where it can go. Electric wheelchairs are better, but still are limited. There are some very high end power chairs... some with gas engines and tank treads that could almost climb trees! They can go anywhere.

I'm talking about HUMAN POWERED propulsion. I used to mountain bike, I used to hike all over the place, well before I became a photographer.
I am lucky that I can walk a short distance... determined by the amount of extreme pain I can withstand. Now, I can go miles!! Yesterday I 'hiked' just over 3 miles!

One of my favorite places to shoot is Pickering Ponds in Gonic, a part of Rochester, NH. It is a VERY birdie spot due to all the various habitat the trails pass thru. It had been over 2 years since I was able to get down into the river trail. This image happens to be on one of the pond trails.
In this image, I am poised on my newest wheelchair... more of a fusion between a wheelchair and a mountain bike. It truly rocks! Developed recently by MIT, and currently manufactured in Cambridge, MA near the MIT campus.
Downhills are fun... steeps are a bit hairy... one of the issues I will be discussing with the engineers. I also need a place to mount my camera. I have a great idea for this as well.
A few other modifications need to be made to make this a truly awesome off road wheel chair. I love it. It truly gives me freedom! I was on the trails shooting yesterday for 12 hours. I didn't want to leave.
Next target: Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson, NH!!

This is indeed freedom for me... and while it can't get me back up to the summits of our famed White Mountains, on some of the trails it will take me in a good distance before the elevation kicks in.

The name of this amazing go cart???
The G.R.I.T FREEDOM CHAIR

For more information on the chair see this link:

https://www.gogrit.us

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***This image was a cooperative effort. I wanted this image to show MY new freedom. I did not pull the trigger, but did do all the post editing as well as set up of the model (MeπŸ€ͺ)
(Thank you to Paula Gentile for her assistance with this image).

On the trails at Pickering Ponds
Rochester (Gonic), NH, USA 07-07-18
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Hello everyone...

With the impending demise of Google Plus, I'd like to invite you all to join me on Facebook in a group called 'Birders and Nature Lovers'.

It is for photos (original by photographer only) of birds as well as landscape, seascape... really anything to do with nature.

I hope you will all consider joining.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/675393165951513/

Thank you.
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Natures Waves

I was buried in some large rocks atop the sea wall to keep from spooking the large amount of shorebirds that were all around me. Lucky for me most of them were situated down sun from me which gave them good light as the golden hour waited patiently for its appearance.
The tide was coming in when I first arrived and carefully crawled up into position. I was there thru slack tide, then enjoyed watching the tide move out. In my head, one of the oldest songs of my memory 'Sitting on the dock of the bay' "🎢🎡 watching the tide roll away..." was going thru my head.

In the flock were Semipalmated Sandpipers, with a few Semipalmated Plovers thrown into the mix. I was observing one possible candidate for a Western Sandpiper, but have not yet been able to confirm. It is redder that all the others, but not in the way I typically see them.
The entire mass of birds took off and flew all around the area multiple times after being flushed by someone who didn’t stop when I politely asked them not to come closer. They were shocked at what popped up seemingly out of nowhere, as the birds blended in so well. Profusely apologizing, I said no worries, as I was granted with all sorts of great BIF opportunities.
This is my favorite of the many flight shots I captured. Catching the curl of a wave as they flew by made this image stand out to me.

At the 4th pull-off south of Odiorne Point State Park
Rye, NH, USA 08-15-18

Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/4000th Sec., (EFL) 800mm
Hand Held. Cropped for Composition
Manual Mode, Partial Metering, Auto White Balance
Edit Flow: Selected and previewed in Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, with final editing in Photoshop

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+JanGlasziouRainbird
+***** +Andy Brown
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur and +Ian Calland
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki
#Birds GALLERY - Curated by:
+ Heinrich WAGNER
+ Susan WILKINSON
+Birds4All #Birds4All curated by Walter Soestbergen and Ricky L. Jones.
#PhotoManiaUSA is curated by +David Pilasky, +Marjolein Schat, +Kris Rowlands & +Dorma Wiggin
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Who's Looking At Who?

After the fun on Cross Beach Road, I went over to the boat ramp on the north end of Hampton Harbor to get a good view of the mud flats at this end. Just a bunch of Gulls on the low tide flats so I drove to circle down and around the wide ramp. Just as I got to the bottom, I saw two Juvenile DCCO's hunting the shallows right next to me. I stopped and shut down the truck, and waited. The gave me several good looks, one of them looking at me.
The truck is always such a great blind!

I usually don't like to present such a close image... but couldn't help but share this image with you.

Juvenile Double-crested Cormorant (DCCO)
Hampton Harbor Boat Ramp
Seabrook, NH, USA 08-15-18

Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
ISO 500, f/4.0, 1/1250th Sec., (EFL) 800mm
Hand Held. Cropped for Composition
Manual Mode, Partial Metering, Auto White Balance
Edit Flow: Selected and previewed in Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, with final editing in Photoshop

#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur and +Ian Calland
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki
#BirdsGALLERY - Curated by:
+Heinrich WAGNER
+Susan WILKINSON
+Birds4All #Birds4All curated by +Walter Soestbergen and +Ricky L. Jones.
#PhotoManiaUSA is curated by +David Pilasky, +Marjolein Schat, +Kris Rowlands & +Dorma Wiggin
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A little humor for the day

From my comedy page on FaceBook β€˜The Human Side of Birds'

https://www.facebook.com/laughswdl/

2 adult and 1 juvenile Double-crested Cormorants
Rye Harbor - Rye, NH, USA 08-02-18

Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF500mm f/4L IS USM
ISO 400, f/8.0, 1/2500th Sec., (EFL) 800mm
Hand Held. Crop for Composition.
Manual Mode, Partial Metering, Auto White Balance
Edit Flow: Selected and previewed in Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, NIK, with final editing in Photoshop.

#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +*** +Dilip Mundkur and +Ian Calland
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki
#BirdsGALLERY - Curated by:
+Heinrich WAGNER
+Susan WILKINSON
+Birds4All #Birds4All curated by +Walter Soestbergen and +Ricky L. Jones.
#PhotoManiaUSA is curated by +David Pilasky, +Marjolein Schat, +Kris Rowlands & +Dorma Wiggin
#bird #birdphotos #birdphotography #birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdlovers #birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife #hqspbirds #btbprobirds #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer #canon #thehumansiideofbirds #comedy #birdhumor
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Please read this post

Please copy and paste, share, whatever you have to do to get this on your various social media pages. This is a difficult time for our Raptor's as there is a marked increase in the influx of injured birds at 'On The Wing'.

PLEASE, DO WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO DO (Safely) TO CAPTURE AN INJURED RAPTOR AND BRING IT TO THE LOCAL REHAB FACILITY.
If you are unsure where or can not SAFELY capture the raptor, contact your local rehabber as soon as possible with all details. Try to keep it in view until help arrives.
If you are unaware of the nearest rehab facility, this link will provide you with the nearest location:
(Mostly for the USA as far as I know).

https://ahnow.org/#/

PLEASE REMEMBER
While you are trying to capture the bird to get it help... it does not know this and will try to flee, or will defend itself. The talons even on the tiny Saw-whet Owl are extremely sharp and will go thru almost anything other than sturdy leather gloves. And don't forget that beak... it is designed for ripping flesh, and will do a job on you as well if not careful.
When I used to capture injured Raptors, I always wore very heavy leather gloves and safety glasses.
Also... you must try and see what is wrong... if it is a broken wing or an injured leg, do not capture it in such a way that will move that area as you can compound the damage. It will not always be easy to assess the damage. Always be gentle in picking up the bird. Cover its head with a light towel or shirt... this will calm it down. πŸ˜€

These Great Horned Owl (GHOW) Owlets were photographed at 'On The Wing', just prior to their release.
Photographed on 09-07-18


#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur and +Ian Calland
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki
#BirdsGALLERY - Curated by:
+Heinrich WAGNER
+Susan WILKINSON
+Birds4All #Birds4All curated by +Walter Soestbergen and +Ricky L. Jones.
#PhotoManiaUSA is curated by +David Pilasky, +Marjolein Schat, +Kris Rowlands & +Dorma Wiggin
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Tiny House??

To all my Real Estate friends out there... I think I have a potential customer for you. I just don't think this bird is suited for a tiny house.

Great Egret
Cross Beach Road
Seabrook, NH, USA 08-15-18

Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
ISO 500, f/5.0, 1/1500th Sec., (EFL) 800mm
Hand Held. Cropped for Composition
Manual Mode, Partial Metering, Auto White Balance
Edit Flow: Selected and previewed in Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, with final editing in Photoshop.

#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur and +Ian Calland
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki
#BirdsGALLERY - Curated by:
+Heinrich WAGNER
+Susan WILKINSON
+Birds4All #Birds4All curated by +Walter Soestbergen and +Ricky L. Jones.
#PhotoManiaUSA is curated by +David Pilasky, +Marjolein Schat, +Kris Rowlands & +Dorma Wiggin
#bird #birdphotos #birdphotography #birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdlovers #birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife #hqspbirds #btbprobirds #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer #canon #egret #greategret #greategretontinybirdhouse
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Hiding in Plain Sight

I photographed this beauty popped up thru the sunroof of my truck. It was right there in front of my face not 40 feet away... and I didn't see it at first as I had parked the truck to photograph an adult I had seen.
All of a sudden my eyes shifted a bit and there it was... and then another... the a few more!

Natures camouflage always interests me. So many ways to hide an animal from predators and photographers alike!

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron (BCNH)
Cross Beach Road
Seabrook, NH, USA 08-15-18

Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
ISO 500, f/4.0, 1/1600th Sec., (EFL) 800mm
Hand Held. Cropped for Composition
Manual Mode, Partial Metering, Auto White Balance
Edit Flow: Selected and previewed in Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, with final editing in Photoshop

#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur and +Ian Calland
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki
#BirdsGALLERY - Curated by:
+Heinrich WAGNER
+Susan WILKINSON
+Birds4All #Birds4All curated by +Walter Soestbergen and +Ricky L. Jones.
#PhotoManiaUSA is curated by +David Pilasky, +Marjolein Schat, +Kris Rowlands & +Dorma Wiggin
#bird #birdphotos #birdphotography #birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdlovers #birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife #hqspbirds #btbprobirds #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer #canon #heron #juvenileblackcrownednightheron
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A Night to Remember

As I was heading down the entrance ramp from home onto Rt. 93 South, on my way to count Nighthawks with NH Audubon, I saw a huge brown shape fly at 3/4 tree top height in the median between the north and southbound lanes by a stand of large pines. The ramp at this point is a sharp turn, making close to a full 360 degree turn so I had to concentrate on both driving and the Bald Eagle (BAEA) I saw. This birds flight took my eyes to one of the trees where I spied some white. As soon as the guard rail on the inside of the turn ended I pulled the truck right off the road... had to do this quick as the guy riding my ass would not expect me to drive right off the road and I didn't want him plowing into me... I had birds to photograph!
I backed the truck as far as I could to getting an angle on what I thought was going to be an adult BAEA and it's juvenile. All I saw though was the adult. Lining up the shot I took a number of them before lowering the camera to look for the young bird. It was nowhere to be seen, so I went back to shooting images of the adult. The adult flew a few minutes later, down away from the direction of travel. Just before I gave up on tracking it I spotted movement in a tree up a ways. The adult flew into the tree then out the other side, paying back the juvenile on giving me it's location, leaving the juvenile perched far away from me, but still in view. I fired off a few shots, content in knowing I got a few decent images of the adult, and drove off to count Nighthawks.

We counted 1,681 Nighthawks going by Concord that evening.
One of the largest nights in the 11 year history of the count.
What a great evening!

Bald Eagle (BAEA)
Exit 16 off I-93
Concord, NH, USA 08-30-18

Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
ISO 400, f/4.0, 1/3200th Sec., (EFL) 800mm
Hand Held. Crop for Composition.
Manual Mode, Partial Metering, Auto White Balance
Edit Flow: Selected and previewed in Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, with final editing in Photoshop.

#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur and +Ian Calland
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki
#BirdsGALLERY - Curated by:
+Heinrich WAGNER
+Susan WILKINSON
+Birds4All #Birds4All curated by +Walter Soestbergen and +Ricky L. Jones.
#PhotoManiaUSA is curated by +David Pilasky, +Marjolein Schat, +Kris Rowlands & +Dorma Wiggin
#bird #birdphotos #birdphotography #birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdlovers #birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife #hqspbirds #btbprobirds #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer #canon #eagles #baldeagle
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On The Rocks

I went back to the New Hampshire Seacoast this past Wednesday. When I got there it was just about slack high tide. There were birds all over, but I didn't stay at the various stops too long because I wanted to get to the rock stacking pull-off.

As the tide receded, the Shorebirds arrived. At one point I estimate between 300 to 500 birds were at this one small area. Just about all were Semipalmated Sandpipers (SESA)
They would all take off then circle back every time someone walked out to the rock statues as the path to this area goes right by the area where the birds like forage. Each time they flew off, I slid a little lower down the jumbled rocks of the breakwater until I reached the wrack. I hid between two larger rocks, the lower one towards the birds was the perfect height to shoot from. I could get lower directly in front of me, but since the tide was going out, the birds followed the receding water where the best snacks could be found.

Thru all of this mass of birds, I picked out a single Least Sandpiper (LESA). Each time I found it, I fired off a few dozen images. At one point only a portion of the birds returned... of the birds that did, a small group broke off from the pack and were working the wrack right towards my position. To my delight, the LESA was leading the charge. This was going to be close. I picked a few of the high points and set up hoping the bird came up to pose for me.
I got my patented Avian Mind Control working and directed the LESA to the best of the high points. It worked perfectly. When the bird got up on the rock and turned towards me, it froze. We stared at each other... me thru the lens, and it probably saw itself in a reflection... whatever it saw caused it to stop foraging and stay quite still, changing poses every few minutes. Luckily, since I knew I would be in close proximity to these birds, I had switched the camera to silent high speed.

This bird is one of the few we refer to lovingly as 'Peeps'. They are the smallest Shorebirds... but you would not know it by this image.

Because the bird was so close to me... just outside my minimum focal length of around 12 feet, and because my lens was just about wide open (f/5.0 on an f/4 lens) much of this bird is blurred. This is because I have such a narrow DOF (depth of field) set. In my mind, as long as the eye beak if possible and surrounding plumage is crisp, the rest does not matter.

Least Sandpiper (LESA)
Rock Sculpture Point, Periwinkle Cove
Rye, NH, USA 08-15-17

Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF500mm f/4L IS USM
ISO 400, f/5.0, 1/2000th Sec., (EFL) 800mm
Camera braced on arm on large rock. Crop for Composition.
Manual Mode, Partial Metering, Auto White Balance
Edit Flow: Selected and previewed in Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, with final editing in Photoshop, including Perfectly Clear V3 (plug-in).

#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur and +Ian Calland
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki
#BirdsGALLERY - Curated by:
+Heinrich WAGNER
+Susan WILKINSON
+Birds4All #Birds4All curated by +Walter Soestbergen and +Ricky L. Jones.
#PhotoManiaUSA is curated by +David Pilasky, +Marjolein Schat, +Kris Rowlands & +Dorma Wiggin
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