Dragonflies and other Macro Photography

The past several years around July 4th when the bird photography is waning and dragonflies, butterflies and other insects are plentiful I find myself breaking out my macro gear and photographing other “critters” that fly. One of my favorite places within a twenty minute drive from home is the newly named Mass Audubon Museum of American Bird Art (MABA) in Canton, formerly known as the Visual Arts Center. This 124 acre wildlife sanctuary has a small field located behind the gallery and a flower garden behind the office that both offer some nice opportunities for several species of dragonflies, some butterflies and many other insects. (more…)

Swallows of Mass Audubon Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

Spring has arrived and with that I am like many other birders and wildlife photographers itching to get out and see as many of the migrants as they return to Massachusetts. Of all the places I can photograph within a 40 minute drive Mass Audubon Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary (DWWS) in Marshfield is by far my FAVORITE. At over 500 acres with open grassland, two small ponds, woodlands and the Green Harbor River this diverse habitat helps to attract many different species of birds and other wildlife. (more…)

Spoonbills and Paula Deen, good birds and good food.

Lots of news to report in the first part of 2013. For starters a web gallery of photos from my trip to Florida this past December and early January. Highlights were once again from Myakka River State Park in Sarasota which continues to be my favorite place to photograph birds and other wildlife in the Sarasota and Venice area of Florida. That said one of the more interesting sightings were several Razorbills that had been blown in by Super Storm Sandy before I arrived. I even found one dead on a beach in Englewood, saw one on Sanibel Island and three off the Jetty in Venice one of which I photographed two days before I departed Florida. Speaking of Sanibel Island if you find yourself on the island I recommend The Island Cow for breakfast, lunch or dinner. While we are talking about food and I LOVE good food, on my return trip from Florida to Massachusetts I had dinner at Paula Deen’s restaurant The Lady & Sons in Savannah, Georgia. Great meal and GREAT service, our waiter Kelson was the BEST! I had the buffet with Southern Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, Mac and Cheese, some baked beans and for desert Peach cobbler. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

Spoonbill, Myakka River State Park

Finally as a reminder anyone interested in purchasing a copy of “Epic Journeys’ you can do so locally at Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Gift Shop or online through Buteo Books.

Take care and as always get out and enjoy the natural world and please help to protect it.

Shawn Carey
Migration Productions

Brown Pelican, Venice Jetty