Two Fawns at Sweetbriar

Thursday, August 11, 2022,

I spent this past Sunday as I always do: volunteering at Sweetbriar Nature Center. It’s my favorite day of the week. I love working with the animals, and I love interacting with the public. I meet so many good folks. I may be tired at the end of the day, but I am always smiling.

As I was getting ready to leave, I spied a pair of fawns in the south field. Luckily, I happened to have one of my cameras with me. I didn’t have my big lens, but my 200mm was lens enough. It rocks in the low light of the early evening, which is just one of the reasons I like it so much. 

Anyways, back to the story at hand. Upon seeing the fawns, I grabbed my camera and began shooting. As must be obvious from these shots, they knew I was there, but allowed me to take my pics. They took turns being brave. In the first two photos, we have Fawn One. In the last photo, you can see Fawn Two. Gross as this may be to mention, the placement of tics on their ears helps to differentiate between the two. Also, the notching on Fawn Two’s ears, which are probably a result of insects or infections, are another way to discern differences between the two.

There’s a chance that I know who the mother of these two beauties is, but I won’t know till later in the season, when Mama White-tails start showing up with their kids as a whole family. In the spring and much of the summer, the does tend to keep their kids hidden. This is largely a safety issue, although who knows? Maybe the Moms are just waiting to make sure their kids aren’t total jerks. Or, worse, possibly by hiding their kids, they’re trying to remain on the singles circuit.  🙂    JK

 

An American Robin

Sunday, May 29, 2022,

This is  an American Robin that I managed to capture a photo at Frank Melville Park in Setauket. Yes, I am fully aware that we all have them in our yards for a good part of the year, but our intrepid photographer, (me), doesn’t get out much these days. Instead, let me draw your attention to this male’s vibrant red chest feathers. He’s a handsome bird, no?

JK

 

A Hermit Thrush at Morton Refuge

Friday, May 6, 2022,

This is a Hermit Thrush that I was lucky enough to find at the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Sag Harbor. This is not a recent pic. In fact, I took this photo back in February, on the same day as I captured the Fox Sparrow in the previous post. This is the bird I was searching for when I chanced upon the Fox Sparrow. JK

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A Fox Sparrow at Morton

Saturday, February 26, 2022,

This is a Fox Sparrow that I encountered at Morton Refuge in Sag Harbor. This bird was truly a lucky find, as I was actively trying to find another bird that was also a lucky find, if that makes any sense. I had been walking in the refuge with a friend of mine when I had spotted a Hermit Thrush. The Thrush was very shy, darting amongst the foliage. While I was searching and shooting, I spied this little fellow in the underbrush. I just saw the red-rust color and starting taking pics. I didn’t know what I was shooting at, nor did I even think I’d captured anything usable till I got home and saw these pics. Sometimes, you just have to take the shot and hope for the best. JK

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