Welcome to the mon@rch nature blog and I hope you join us in some of our nature adventures through the Allegany State Park area!
I am a naturalist, field biologist and nature photographer from the Western New York area. I have started exploring nature writing through this blog and it truly has been fun sharing my numerous adventures with everyone. Thanks to the many other authors that help me with my post and they will be sharing some of their nature explorations.
I have always had a latent interest in birds and photography and have been lucky enough to find time to explore these interests over the last few years. I am very thankful to the Cattaraugus County Bird Club for getting me started, sharing their wealth of knowledge and for their wonderful programs. And many thanks to Tom for letting me share some of my adventures and photos on the Monarch Nature Blog.
Thank you for taking the time visiting and commenting on this blog.
Oh my! That is amazing!
5 May 2008 at 9:22 pm
First, getting a waxwing shot is hard… (well to me anyway…) And then to get that shot. Holy cow…. that is amazing Tom. (Like I said before when I grow up I want to be just like you.) & I loved how you could see the Merganser skip across the water to catch flight… now that is a wicked shot! Great work!
5 May 2008 at 9:26 pm
I love the action shots! The merganser especially – he looked like he finished skipping across the lake like a rock.
5 May 2008 at 9:43 pm
It’s their motion that makes them so amazing.
5 May 2008 at 10:18 pm
SORRY EVERYONE . . . I thought I had scheduled this to go live tomorrow (Tuesday) instead of today! Whoops!
@ Rondi – thanks
@ Aullori – blush . . . you are too kind! The merganser . . that’s how I normally see them . . . flying away from me!
@ Shelley – Thanks and does look like skipping rocks!
@ Lynne – thanks!
5 May 2008 at 10:57 pm
Ya, I didn’t want to break the news to you that is was only Monday, ha. I just love that Cedar Waxwing photo.
5 May 2008 at 11:37 pm
Linda – I guess at this point we probably should keep it live! Hmm I guess I will also keep it titled WW?? I just might get a few laughs out of this if anything!
5 May 2008 at 11:53 pm
Those shots give me the chills! Very cool!
6 May 2008 at 12:28 am
The colors on those waxwings look like they’re painted on, don’t they? Very nice work!
6 May 2008 at 5:25 am
So hard to get those shots! Bravo Tom!
6 May 2008 at 6:49 am
What an interesting set of photos. It is so difficult to capture birds in flight. Very good. Cedar Waxwing is one of my favorite birds.
6 May 2008 at 7:40 am
Gotta say — I just love BIFs! Don’t birds look different when they are flying? That tufted titmouse shot made me laugh – great post!
6 May 2008 at 7:53 am
Great “action” shots Mon@rch!
6 May 2008 at 9:19 am
Oh darn and here I thought it was Wednesday and we were that much closer to the weekend! LOL
I love, love, love the Waxwing shot!
6 May 2008 at 9:33 am
That cedar waxwing shot is spectacular!
6 May 2008 at 10:51 am
Beautiful action shots. Love that Cedar Waxwing. Those eyes are stunning.
6 May 2008 at 12:00 pm
@ Liza – sorry but thanks!
@ Dave – thanks and it kinda does!
@ Jayne – thanks and it can be!
@ Lisa – I know and I almost deleted it in the camera . . . I am glad that I ended up saving it!
@ Bird Girl – thanks and they do look different when flying! The Titmouse was a cute bird and flew just as I was about to take it’s picture!
@ Ruthie – thanks
@ Marg – I had wished it was Wednesday also! our bird adventure would be just about to start!
@ threecollie – thanks
@ Robin – thanks and they sure are~!
6 May 2008 at 12:15 pm
Your shots ROCK Tom!
6 May 2008 at 2:36 pm
I love love love these pictures, Tom ~ just beautiful!
6 May 2008 at 3:37 pm
Poetry, quite literally, in motion.
6 May 2008 at 3:41 pm
You’re too early for me: but these are stunning. The waxwing is my favorite!
6 May 2008 at 3:45 pm
6 May 2008 at 4:41 pm
Great shots of birds in flight. I like the Cedar Waxwing the most.
6 May 2008 at 5:01 pm
Wow, excellent photos, Tom!!
6 May 2008 at 6:49 pm
Wonderful flight shots!
The Waxwing is great!
6 May 2008 at 8:52 pm
OMG – they are all great, but the first one is incredible.
6 May 2008 at 9:11 pm
WAY TOO COOL waxwing photo. Hey, it ain’t Wednesday, is it?
6 May 2008 at 9:24 pm
Cedar Waxwing looks like Batman.
I miss them and I’ll love them as much next year.
Your shots are amazing. I can’t do birds in flight, at all.
6 May 2008 at 9:43 pm
I love the cedar’s bandit eyes! Comin’ right at you! Great shot.
6 May 2008 at 9:51 pm
@ Kaz – thanks
@ Lisa – thanks and glad you enjoy these!
@ Scienceguy – LOL, thanks
@ wesleyjeanne – Thanks and it is mine also!
@ Pinar – thanks
@ Joan – thanks and I just got very lucky with it!
@ Pam – thanks
@ Sherry – thanks and glad you enjoyed it!
@ Wren – Thanks and I was very happy when I saw it on the computer!
@ Zen – Thanks and no . . . I thought I had scheduled it to go live Tuesday Night but must have hit publish now.
@ Mary – I only wish it was a bohemian but does look like a batman also! Thanks and its all luck!
@ Chicago – isn’t that cool! Thanks
6 May 2008 at 10:52 pm
Nice flight photos! That waxwing looks like a member of the superheroes team with that mask.
7 May 2008 at 8:29 pm
So busy you forgot which day it was. 🙂
“Rats with Wings” maybe, but gulls sure are graceful flyers.
7 May 2008 at 10:33 pm