Wings-Spread_Machias-Seal-Island_201307031_copyrightJessYarnell

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August 15, 2019 - Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling Emergence!!Out of the Egg: I Saw a Sandhill Crane Hatch!!!Snowy Owl in FloridaAtlantic Puffins on Machias Seal IslandNewborn Sandhill Crane Baby at NestPrecious Moments with the Least TernsBlack Skimmer ColonySwallow-tailed Kite RoostCygnets for Mother's Day A Rainbow of Color at Fort De SotoGreat Horned Owl Nest at Fort…... Read more

Sandhill Crane

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 14, 2017 - Least Tern Mother & Chick Roseate Spoonbill Mother & Baby Black Skimmer Mother & Baby Sandhill Crane Mother & Colt Great Horned Owl Mother & Babies Mute Swan Mother & Cygnet  ... Read more

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2016: Photographic Year in Review

December 31, 2016 -  I've witnessed the first days of a Sandhill Crane colt, the early explorations of a Barred Owl chick, and the tender gestures of avian courtship.... Uno the Sandhill Crane Colt I'm a craniac, I can't help it....  The moments spent with Sandhill Crane families always stand out in my memory.... Read more

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Sandhill Crane Digital Art

April 2, 2016 - I had such a good time photographing my Sandhill Crane family this year (not that you could tell from my three blog entries here, here, and here!)  As I worked with the images for post-processing, I couldn't resist playing with some of them to create Sandhill Crane digital art versions…... Read more

Least Tern Fish Exchange

Year in Review: 2014

December 30, 2014 - I always obsess over Sandhill Crane colts, those adorable young chicks that stagger bravely through grasses and water to keep up with their long-legged gray parents....  But this year, I got to see something I never thought I'd get to see - the birth of a Sandhill Crane!... Read more

Going for a Swim

Bath Time for the Sandhill Crane Colts

March 31, 2014 - I hope you're not tired of Sandhill Crane colts yet.... After watching the Sandhill Crane colts making their way behind tall grasses behind Mom and Dad, it shouldn't have surprised me to see them do the same in the pond.... The little Sandhill Crane colts were covered in weed seed…... Read more

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Hatch Day for the Sandhill Cranes

March 19, 2014 -  I hope you like pictures of cute little Sandhill Crane colts, because you're going to be seeing a lot of them in this blog in the next few weeks.... Sandhill Cranes are precocial, meaning that they are born knowing a lot about how to take care of themselves.... One of…... Read more

Year in Review: Favorite Photographic Moments of 2013

December 31, 2013 - Sandhill Crane Colts The year started out slow - I had mono, and it lasted three months!...  One nest in particular comes to mind, a Sandhill Crane  nest in Melbourne, Florida....  I had the wonderful luck to observe a Sandhill Crane colt on the day after he hatched, and I…... Read more

Newborn Sandhill Crane Baby at Nest

March 31, 2013 - I've been very fortunate over the past week as I had the opportunity to observe a newborn Sandhill Crane baby at his nest....  So today's blog post is a special story of this little Sandhill Crane baby's first week.... Day Two of the Sandhill Crane Baby's Life The first light…... Read more

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Now You See Them…

April 1, 2012 - I was photographing the Sandhill Crane colts at the Circle B Bar Reserve last weekend.  I set my camera to the fastest frame speed, which I don't often do, because I don't need to waste my camera shutter or my post-processing time on images that are virtually identical.  But the…... Read more

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Spider Wars

March 23, 2012 - Last weekend I stopped by a local park to photograph the Sandhill Crane colts that were born at the park a few weeks ago.  Some friends had mentioned that there were great photo opportunities with this family, who are so friendly that the colts practically walk right up to you. …... Read more

The Fellowship of the Nest

March 3, 2012 - The most talked-about nest at Circle B right now is probably the Sandhill Crane nets, located not too far from the Marsh Rabbit Run trail.  The cranes nest near water, counting on the water to protect them from predators.  I got to watch the "changing of the guard" as Mom…... Read more

Mirror, Mirror, in the Lake…Who’s the Most Handsome Drake?

January 7, 2012 - I haven't seen many Sandhill Cranes at Circle B this winter, but today I did.... Bird Species List (31 total): American Coot, American White Pelican, Anhinga, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown Pelican, Caspian Tern, Common Gallinule, Eastern Phoebe (heard), Gadwall, Glossy Ibis, Great…... Read more