Rick Flematti Nature Photography: Blog https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog en-us (C) Rick Flematti Nature Photography rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:23:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:23:00 GMT https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/img/s/v-12/u344403331-o785041848-50.jpg Rick Flematti Nature Photography: Blog https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog 120 120 Sitting on the Runway https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2017/11/sitting-on-the-runway This Black-bellied Plover flew straight at me on its landing approach while I was staked out at one of my wildlife watching spots. It always makes for a good wildlife image when landing birds make a straight on approach.

rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) birds plovers shorebirds wildlife https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2017/11/sitting-on-the-runway Sun, 05 Nov 2017 19:01:03 GMT
Whitetail Doe and Fawn https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2017/9/whitetail-doe-and-fawn Doe and FawnDoe and Fawn This young fawn is looking for attention from his mother as they graze for fallen apples. It doesn't get any cuter than this.

rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) fawn nature whitetail deer wildlife https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2017/9/whitetail-doe-and-fawn Sat, 09 Sep 2017 16:32:29 GMT
Red-headed Woodpecker Takes Flight https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2017/4/red-headed-woodpecker-takes-flight This red-headed woodpecker leaves its home to hunt for food.  They hide their food items in the surrounding tree cavities to retrieve at a later date.

rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Birds Birds in Flight Nature New England Woodpecker wildlife https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2017/4/red-headed-woodpecker-takes-flight Sat, 08 Apr 2017 20:33:49 GMT
Barred Owl on the Hunt https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2017/1/barred-owl-on-the-hunt Barred Owl-2Barred Owl-2

So love to see these guys. Barred Owls are common but always a thrill to spot perched along the woodlands.

rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Birds New England animals forest wildlife https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2017/1/barred-owl-on-the-hunt Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:33:08 GMT
Patience is essential in wildlife photography. https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2017/1/patience-is-essential-in-wildlife-photography Red-tail Hawk-1Red-tail Hawk-1

Patience is essential in wildlife photography. Sometimes you are rewarded with an image that makes either the cold fingers of winter or the pesky insects of summer all seem well worth it. After the cold finally won out after sitting for a few hours at 20 degrees I gave up. Heading for my home with an empty memory card in my camera and only a half mile from my house this Red-tailed hawk sat perched right next to the road. Pulled over, got out, took about 15 images and it was all over in less than a minute. Sometimes it's just as good to be lucky! 

rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Birds Nature New England wildlife winter https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2017/1/patience-is-essential-in-wildlife-photography Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:35:54 GMT
Common Goldeneye Duck https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/12/common-goldeneye-duck This Goldeneye duck was cruising the reservoir near my home in northern Massachusetts. Seemingly unconcerned with my presence he glided right past just close enough for me to get a good look. A nice winter morning surprise.

rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Birds Nature New England Water Waterfowl Winter https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/12/common-goldeneye-duck Fri, 16 Dec 2016 20:34:56 GMT
Spy Hopping Muskrat https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/12/spy-hopping-muskrat Muskrat -1Muskrat -1Muskrat Stare Down

rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) New England Water fall water animals wildlife https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/12/spy-hopping-muskrat Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:28:14 GMT
There's My Breakfast! https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/11/theres-my-breakfast  

This Great Blue Heron dives for his dinner at a local pond in my area. They're fun to watch as they stealthy move along the shoreline to hunt for their next meal.


rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Birds Nature New England herons wildlife https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/11/theres-my-breakfast Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:05:30 GMT
Belted Kingfisher https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/10/belted-kingfisher  



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I have seen this female kingfisher many times over the summer. It's always fun to watch them sometimes hover over the water waiting for the right opportunity to strike its prey. 

rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Birds Birds of prey Nature New England Water https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/10/belted-kingfisher Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:35:25 GMT
Butterflies and Dragonflies https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/7/butterflies-and-dragonflies Skipper Butterfly on Thistle-1Skipper Butterfly on Thistle-1 Meadowhawk Dragonfly-1Meadowhawk Dragonfly-1

Butterflies and Dragon flies are really getting busy with so many flowers in bloom here in New England. I just wish they would eat the deerfies and horseflies. Those darn things drive you crazy! 

rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Butterfly Dragonfly Flowers Nature New England Pollination https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/7/butterflies-and-dragonflies Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:17:22 GMT
Rock Hop https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/6/rock-hop  


rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Birds New England Water birding birds shore summer wildlife https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/6/rock-hop Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:18:02 GMT
Duck Taxi https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/5/duck-taxi Sometimes you just need a rest. This Common Merganser mom and her closely guarded chicks take a morning cruise on a local reservoir here in North Central Massachusetts. All baby ducks are cute but these are one of my favorites. Last summer one mother had adopted another mothers offspring due to abandonment or a tragedy and she was seen with 40 babies. I photographed and counted them. What a sight!


rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Birds Ducks Nature New England Springtime Water wildlife https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/5/duck-taxi Tue, 31 May 2016 23:18:50 GMT
Spring Has Arrived https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/5/spring

This female Eastern Bluebird is very busy building her nest in preparation of the 4-5 pale blue eggs she will soon lay. Incubation takes about 2 weeks.

rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Birds Nature New England Springtime wildlife https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/5/spring Mon, 02 May 2016 23:18:18 GMT
Love is in the Air https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/3/love-is-in-the-air Male Turkey Breeding Colors-1Male Turkey Breeding Colors-1

rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Birds Breeding Colors Nature Springtime Turkeys Wildlife https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/3/love-is-in-the-air Tue, 29 Mar 2016 23:26:12 GMT
Beaver High Five! https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/3/beaver-high-five  

The beavers are getting busy as always. And as always they don't like our company. The beaver tail slap happens so quickly and with so much force that most people don't realize that their rear feet become inverted above their back in conjunction with the tail slamming down on the water. It can be heard from a good distance away.

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rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Animals New England Springtime Water https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/3/beaver-high-five Sun, 20 Mar 2016 19:12:10 GMT
Spring Wildlife Are Returning! https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/3/spring-wildlife-are-returning It's been a fairly mild winter and sure beats what we had last year. Chipmunks are scurrying around and the ducks are migrating back to their summer homes. 

rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Birds Nature New England Springtime Water Winter wildlife https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/3/spring-wildlife-are-returning Sat, 05 Mar 2016 20:42:39 GMT
Massachusetts Audubon Arcadia Sanctuary https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/2/massachusetts-audubon-arcadia-sanctuary

Made a brief stop at the wildlife sanctuary in Western Massachusetts on Thursday Feb. 11th.  I was headed toward a nearby photo shop so I threw my photo gear into my vehicle just in case I had time to stop on the way by. Spotted some birds as I exited my truck. I wasn't really dressed for an outdoor photo session in 20 degree weather. When my fingers started to ache even with gloves on it was time to bail out of there. I did manage to grab a few shots of Ring-billed Gull and a Coopers Hawk. 


rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Audubon Birds New England Winter wildlife https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/2/massachusetts-audubon-arcadia-sanctuary Sun, 14 Feb 2016 00:46:45 GMT
Gotta Love Audubon Sanctuaries https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/2/gotta-love-audubon-sanctuaries

Taking advantage of the mild weather this week here in Western Massachusetts was a priority for me. I took a ride to the Audubon sanctuary near my area to search for images along the Connecticut River Valley. The valley is a major flyway for migrating birds annually and is abundant with wildlife. Acting on a good tip from friend and fellow photographer Dale Monette we made the trip. We were rewarded with a day of photographing Red Tails, Sharp-shinned hawks and Northern Harriers. Here is one of the captures of the day.


rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Audubon Birds Nature New England Northern Harrier Hawk wildlife https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/2/gotta-love-audubon-sanctuaries Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:39:06 GMT
The Color of Winter https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/1/the-color-of-winter

rf6869pd@icloud.com (Rick Flematti Nature Photography) Black and White photography Nature New England Water Winter https://www.rickflemattinaturephotography.com/blog/2016/1/the-color-of-winter Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:53:29 GMT