Sunday, August 8, 2010

Maine potpourri

Well we're back from Maine. Depending on when I'm able to get out this week (time to pay the piper with a dense stretch of shifts) I may have one more Maine post, we'll see.

Here's the only worthwhile image I obtained on the 2nd boat trip, an adult gannet.

This Broad-winged Hawk perched up neatly aside a roadside garden.

What the hell is this?
I was watching a Common Tern off of Pemaquid when a larger tern-like bird with a yellow bill, black alar bars, and a black mark through the eye appeared in the scope field. My first instantaneous impression was that it might be a tropicbird. Usually that instantaneous impression of a rarity is corrected the next instant even before the binoculars are raised. In this case I watched it, and felt it might be a tropicbird. I started firing pics at it. Unfortunately I had the camera on eider and guillemot settings so this bird is quite overexposed and the black markings aren't very visible. I have some shots that show a somewhat forked tail which would rule out a tropicbird, but I can't think of a juvenile tern that would be a size bigger than the Common and have a yellow bill, maybe a weird young Royal north of its main range, but the wing markings seem wrong for it too. The yellow bill was real, not a lighting artifact. [addendum: the wing proportions are also wrong for a tropicbird, as is the flight style, check out a youtube video from Brian Patteson here.] It's definitely a tern but which one?

Gulls on a lobster boat...

A juvenile Spotted Sandpiper...

A semi plover in decent light at sundown...

Finally what's probably an Aphrodite Fritillary based on the eye color (Atlantis looks pretty similar in Kaufmann):

1 comment:

Tanakwagu said...

hi, just came accross your bird photography. i'm enjoying your shot.

good job.