Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge located in Concord, Massachusetts was founded in 1944 and is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. For bird watches and wildlife photographers alike it has been a real “hot spot” for many years. I for one have been visiting it for over 25 years now and have seen and photographed many species of birds and other wildlife. Of all the birds I’ve photographed none compares to a small brown bird with mountains of personality. I am talking about the Marsh Wren, one of the more lovable birds that can be found during the spring and early summer scaling cat tails and chattering to the world “This in my territory!” In fact Great Meadows may be the best location in all of New England to see and photograph these wrens as well as Red-winged Blackbirds who also find cat tails an irresistible perch to sing from.

Each year as spring arrives I plan my many trips to Great Meadows in search of the perfect photo and video of both Marsh Wrens and Red-winged Blackbirds. The chorus of bird sounds as you arrive in the parking lot is filled with Red-wings and Marsh Wrens as it echoes across the mash. A sound so inviting you cannot wait to encounter these birds and capture that first photo or video. The trick is to find just one male that is so focused on sitting atop a cat tail that he will allow you to record his every movement and sound. So I return each year just as the birds do and spend time with my fellow bird watchers and photographers and enjoy another season in search of photos like the ones you see here today.

Marsh Wren

 

This is a special place with some very beautiful birds and many other interesting species of wildlife. If you have not visited before I recommend you do so and when you see your first Marsh Wren teed up and singing say hello for me.

Remember please help to protect wildlife and wild places, thank you.

Shawn P. Carey
Migration Productions

Red-winged Blackbird

2017 & 2018 Lectures & Workshops

 

New England Camera Club Council (NECCC)
2017 Conference
Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA
Dates: July 14, 15 & 16, 2017
Topic: Video and Audio with your DSLR

Shawn Carey
Plymouth Beach
Shawn Carey
Mass Audubon Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary
Marshfield, Mass.

 

Iceland Land of the Midnight Sun
Hunt’s Photo
Melrose, MA
Date: Thursday September 14, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

 

Atlantic Puffin
Latrabjarg bird cliffs, Iceland

 

Iceland Land of the Midnight Sun
Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries
Marshfield, MA
Date: Wednesday September 20, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Razorbill
Latrabjarg bird cliffs, Iceland

Tanzania: A Photographer’s Journey
Hunt’s Photo
Melrose, MA
Date: Thursday September 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Black Rhino, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

 

Tanzania: A Photographer’s Journey
Essex County Ornithological Club
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, MA
Date: Friday September 22, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Cheetah, Ndutu/Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Tanzania: A Photographer’s Journey
Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries
Marshfield, MA
Date: Wednesday September 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Hippopotamus, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

The Art and Craft of Bird Photography
with Michael Milicia and Shawn Carey
Hunt’s Photo
100 Maine Street
Melrose, MA
Date: Saturday September 30, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow

A Wing and a Care
Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries
Marshfield, MA
Date: Wednesday October 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

 

Birds and Wildlife of Florida’s Gulf Coast
Mass Audubon North River Wildlife Sanctuary
Marshfield, MA
Date: Wednesday October 11, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill
Myakka River Street Park

 

“Take Control of your Digital Photos” Adobe Lightroom with Shawn Carey
Mass Audubon Museum of American Bird Art
Canton, MA
Date: Saturday October 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer

 

Tanzania: A Photographer’s Journey
South Shore Arts Center
Cohasset, MA
Date: Wednesday November 1, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Cheetah, Ndutu/Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Photographing Birds and other Wildlife in Massachusetts and Beyond: Where, When & How
Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuaries
Topsfield, MA
Date: Sunday November 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Hudsonian Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit

 

Tanzania: A Photographer’s Journey
With Shawn Carey and Dr Karl Zuzarte
Fall River Camera Club
Landmark
400 Columbia Stret
Fall River, MA
Date: Wednesday November 8, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Lion, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

 

Birds and Wildlife of Massachusetts
Newton Camera Club
Newton, MA
Date: Monday November 13, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM

Red-winged Blackbird
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Concord, Massachusetts

 

Tanzania: A Photographer’s Journey
Sanibel-Captiva Audubon
Sanibel Island, FL
Date: Thursday January 4, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM

Elephant, Tarangire Nationl Park, Tanzania

 

Tanzania: A Photographer’s Journey
Paskamansett Bird Club
South Dartmouth, MA
Date: Wednesday March 14, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM

Lion, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

 

Take Control of your Digital Photos (Lightroom)
Merrimack Valley Camera Club
Location: Trinitarian Congregational Church
72 Elm Street
North Andover, MA
Date: Wednesday March 28, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM

Zebra, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

 

Tanzania: A Photographer’s Journey
Hartford Audubon
Location: McAuley Residence Auditorium
West Hartford, CT
Date: Tuesday April 17, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM

Giraffe, Tanzania

A Wing and a Care
Forbush Bird Club
Annual Dinner
Location: The Manor Restaurant
42 West Boylston Street
West Boylston, MA
Date: Thursday April 26, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM

 

 

Skimmers Plymouth Beach

The following is part of an article I wrote for Bird Observer published Volume 43, Number 1, February 2015.

Plymouth Long Beach historically has been one of Massachusetts’ largest Common Tern colonies along with nesting Least Terns plus many pairs of Piping Plovers and in recent years the numbers of Laughing Gulls has exploded. It is also an interesting crossroads of sorts for Arctic Terns and Black Skimmer. Plymouth Beach is the southern most location for nesting Arctic Terns and the northern most for Black Skimmer. (more…)