PHOTO STORIES OF ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS -- CLOSE TO HOME AND FAR AWAY


COSTA RICA
Resplendent Quetzal
Resplendent Quetzal

 

Two-toed Sloth Macaw buddies Emerald Toucanet

Costa Rican Critters

In December 2018 Joan traveled to Costa Rica in search of the resplendent quetzal and other amazing birds such as macaws, toucans and toucanets. She encountered sloths and iguanas as well. Visit Alejandro to see Joan's punk rendition of the quetzal.


Blossom Pika
Toucan Thief

While eating lunch at an open air restaurant, Joan witnessed the thievery of a keel-billed toucan. See Diego as a painting.


BALD EAGLE FAMILY OF FERRISBURGH


Bald Eagle Parent
Eagles in 2019

Huge Eagle Nest
Their Nest

Leftie Eagle
2020 - Coming Soon

There is a huge nest in Ferrisburgh, Vermont that is inhabited each spring by a bald eagle couple. It sits high up in a tree far from the road on protected land so that you cannot get close. Joan first saw the nest a few years ago. She went back in 2019 and 2020 to photograph each year's eaglets until they fledged.

POLAR BEARS OF CHURCHILL

Polar Bear

Polar Bear
Polar Bears - Coming Soon

Polar Bear

Joan traveled to Churchill on the shore of the Hudson Bay in Canada in November, 2019 in hopes of photographing the polar bears just before the ice froze and they headed out for the winter to catch seals. The bears were curious and entertaining. The temperature fell to -40 degrees. The bears had no problem rolling around and scooting on the ice in this exceptionally cold temperatures. It was a magical trip.

GREAT HORNED OWLS KINGBIRD FAMILY RUBY THROATED HUMMERS

Malcolm
Great Horned Owls
Maddalena
Kingbird Family
Mama Ruby
Mama Ruby

In the pandemic spring of 2020, when we all had to stay close to home, it was local birds that caught Joan's attention and forced her to keep adding longer lenses to her photo equipment. She started with a 600 lens for the Great Horned Owls, added a 1.4x converter and then went for a 2.0x converter to capture the eagles and hummers.


 


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