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Call of the Wild: the tailgater

Posted by Marcia Dick  September 20, 2012 10:54 AM

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Medford photographer George McLean shares his latest finds from Mount Auburn Cemetery:

"I see so many Red-tailed hawks, especially this time of year when they are migrating.   The biggest pests are mockingbirds, grackles, and red-winged blackbirds. They are daring and challenge the big guys whenever they come into their turf."

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"It was at 7:30 a.m. a few weeks back on an overcast day at Auburn Lake. We had been trying for a few weeks to get a photo of the hummingbird that kept coming back to the red cardinal plant that grew there.

"I realized that it was to dark to get a good picture, so I put an auxiliary flash on my Nikon and crossed my fingers! Luckily the hummer came in a few minutes later and started feeding, flitting from one bud to the next, I kept taking pictures!

"I started off the summer with a wish that i could get more 'hummer' pictures.Looking back, I think I did well. I am still finding more photos of probably the most difficult bird to photograph!"

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"I have been hanging around Auburn Lake, patiently waiting for migrant birds, but keeping an eye on my friend Blue Boy, the great blue heron, or the kingfisher trio that will be there on quiet days.
 
"I have had people on my photo list stop and talk with me. Here is a Blue Boy photo for the two nice ladies from Watertown who made me happy by saying hello Monday morning."




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