Red-shouldered Hawk photo

This Red-shouldered hawk photo was taken at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge located near the Philadelphia International airport. We often see many different birds of prey at this refuge. The Red-shouldered Hawk has great colors, especially when its wings are fully extended.

Red-shouldered Hawk photo

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Pollinators Calendar

This pollinators calendar is our most recent addition to our nature calendars collection at Purplebearspics our Zazzle store. The calendar is made up of photographs of bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Most of these photographs are taken in our garden or on our walks in the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge. We have other products at our Zazzle store relating to pollinators, such as other calendars, garden flags, home decor, jigsaw puzzles, mouse pads, mugs, ornaments, photographs, postcards and other products.

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Belted Kingfisher photo

After many attempts, we finally have a half decent Belted Kingfisher photo. This Kingfisher was perched on an old concrete pier overlooking a marshy area of the wildlife refuge we visit often.

Belted Kingfisher photo

Belted Kingfishers, from what we have noticed, are one of the few birds where the female is more colorful than the male. We couldn’t get a good look at the front of this one to see if it was a male or female. Another thing we’ve noticed about these birds is that, for such a small bird, they have a pretty big wingspan. That kind of surprises you when they take off.

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Ruby-throated hummingbird feeding on Jewelweed photo

This ruby-throated hummingbird feeding on Jewelweed photo is one of our first hummingbird photos taken in the wild, not in our garden. This photo was taken at a local wildlife refuge and it seems that the Jewelweed is one of their favorite food sources in this area. There are plenty of flowers in the refuge but most if not all of our sitings are on the Jewelweed.

Ruby-throated hummingbird feeding on Jewelweed photo

We have been taking pictures for years of the hummingbirds feeding on the potted plants on our deck and the flowers in our garden. If you are interested, you can see some of those pictures on our hummingbird blog Taking hummingbird pictures in the wild just adds a new challenge to our photography.

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Wild rabbits calendar

The Wild rabbits calendar below is our most recent addition to our nature calendars collection at Purplebearspics our Zazzle store. This calendar is a collection of wild rabbit photographs taken in our garden and in our walks at a local wildlife refuge.

This year seems to have been a great year for rabbits, since we have seen a lot more than we usually do. The ground cover at the wildlife refuge almost seems like a jungle, making perfect spots for rabbits to hide and stay out of danger.. If you like this calendar, we have a lawn flag, lunch box, jigsaw puzzles, mouse pads, party invitations and supplies, photos, placemats, and other wild rabbit-themed products.

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Whitetail Deer Buck in Velvet Photo

We took this whitetail deer buck in velvet photo about a week ago. The buck was standing in a swampy pond eating the leaves off of the tree above his head. We figured he was about 100 plus yards away and was kind enough to let us get a few pictures of him. As far as we could see, he appeared to be a pretty big deer. He also appears to have some type of non-typical rack. This photo can also be seen on our shop page at Pictorem.

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