WICKED BAD PHOTOS OF SOME GOOD MAINE BIRDS

All taken through Swarovski HD telescope using an Olympus D-460 digital camera.

 

The famously tame second-year male King Eider at Wells Harbor - Feb. 18, 2005.

   

There was an impressive total of 21 Common Loons huddled together in Wells Harbor when we were there in the late morning of Feb. 18, 2005. They were quite close and let us study them easily.

We had 16 Harlequin Ducks from the parking lot at Perkins Cove, Ogunquit while we ate lunch on Feb. 18, 2005. I snapped one quick photo through the scope.

Okay, so this is probably not really an identifiable shot of the Lark Sparrow at the Scarborough Public Works building feeders in the late afternoon on Feb. 18, 2005 in the middle of a thick snow squall. We got great looks ourselves but in the snow couldn't get a decent photo. Can you convince yourself that the underside of the tail is largely white which would separate it from a White-throat or White-crowned--species that would also show a striped head and white wingbars. Doesn't that also look like a pale area at the base of the primaries and above the wing coverts--another feature lacking in White-throat and White-crowned?

Snowy Owl at Portland Airport - Feb. 18, 2005. Bird was rather distant and in last light of day. Photograph through Swarovski HD telescope with digital camera. Bird was at the eastern end of the airport towards I-295.