Acadia National Park

Nestled in the northeastern corner of Maine lies a great expanse of natural beauty that is Acadia National Park! Located on Mt. Desert Island, the park is in close proximity to the quaint and beautiful town of Bar Harbor. Acadia’s ecosystem comprises of 47,000 acres of lush green forests, lakes and ponds, mountains and geologic…

Yellow billed Cuckoo

The first sighting of a bird that you have never encountered before often results in a rush of adrenaline and excitement! More often than not it may be just a fleeting glance before the bird disappears, or it may be well hidden in the thickets! I was out birding early May after it had stopped…

Acorn Woodpecker

For those living east of the Mississippi river, it is not uncommon to spot several species of woodpeckers such as Downy, Hairy, Red bellied or the somewhat exotic Pileated woodpecker. But chances are that you have not seen an Acorn woodpecker, which happens to be a permanent resident on the West Coast and Southwest! As…

The resplendent bounty of Spring!

The birds around me hopped and played Their thought I cannot measure But the least motion which they made It seemed a thrill of pleasure! Thus wrote William Wordsworth in ‘Lines written in early Spring‘ more than 200 years ago. Spring brings eternal hope and joy after dreary days of brutally inescapable cold winter!  I…

Shorebirds in Winter

Many birds in winter, especially shorebirds tend to lose their colorful plumage, a process known as molting, and look rather drab.   It is this lack of distinguishing features that makes identification rather challenging when you spot a flock of winter shorebirds.   I’ve tried to capture a few shots of shorebirds for this post….

Song of the Dickcissel

A small sparrow like bird that wears a distinct black bow tie and has shiny yellow breast -the Dickcissel is a remarkably gifted singer whose musical notes waft in the summer air over prairies and grasslands! Although I’ve seen and heard the Dickcissel several times, I was able to get some decent pictures recently while…

In deep meditation

Hummingbirds are busybodies in constant motion all the time or so it seems, flapping their wings at supersonic speeds of 50 beats/sec on average!  They are absolutely fascinating to watch, flying forwards and backwards with equal ease, and it is quite challenging to capture their stunts on camera!   But even hummingbirds have to rest periodically…

Roseate Spoonbill -Winning Entry

Roseate spoonbills are an absolute treat to watch -gorgeous in stunning pink, these birds are mostly found in southeastern US.   They are often mistaken for flamingoes, but can be easily recognized by their signature bills which are uniquely shaped and hence the name!   I’ve photographed a few of these birds in the past,…

Against the backdrop of Fall foliage

  This autumn has been exceedingly pleasant despite the heated rhetoric on both sides that may lead to the winter of our discontent!  I’ve tried to capitalize on this Indian Summer and take in the beauty of the natural landscape.  As the leaves begin to transform and display their rich hues before falling off, the…

Iridescent Starlings

You might have seen a flock of birds swoop down over a corn field or a meadow and then quickly change patterns and fly chaotically in a zigzag motion.  In fact this peculiar behavior by these birds has been the subject of fascination not just for birdwatchers but for scientists as well, who call it…