Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer Time Moose in North Maine Woods

Sunset on Remote Lake in North Maine Woods

I spent 10 days touring Maine starting with some lighthouses along the coast and then moving to Machias Seal Island by boat to photograph Puffins.  After that I met up with photographer friends Mark Picard, Anita Mueller and Chris White and we traveled into the North Maine Woods to photograph birds and Moose. We stayed in cabins at a remote lake and traveled the lake and river by kayaks to view moose, waterfowl and warblers. It was a very good time and we saw numerous moose. 

Bull moose feeding 

We saw this moose on our way up the river and the sun was in our faces. He spooked into the thick brush and we passed on by.  We waited and watched up river and then just before fit started getting dark-we traveled down the river and found him out feeding. Photographing Moose in the remote Maine North Woods is different than photographing in the Baxter Park vicinity.  The moose are skittish and spooky as they are truly wild animals compared to the human acclimated animals in the baxter area. This moose eventually spooked when my kayak slid over a grassy bog causing a scraping noise on the body of the kayak.

Cow and Calf Moose in Morning Golden Light

This cow moose and calf spooked a few times but kept coming back into the water until they finally figured I meant them no harm.  I really enjoyed listening to the little guy "squeaking" at the cow moose. 

This is the same bull as the first shot-but was when we were approaching him as we came up river and the sun was in our faces. i had to adjust the lighting in Photoshop to overcome the back lighted conditions.

We saw a number of adult male and female loons but only one pair with a chick.  Here is an image of mom and baby. 

Until next time

Jim Borden


Sharon M said...

Wow, great photos! The bull moose is huge!

Lindsjö taxar said...

Wow what pictures of the mooses!!!I would love to take a trip like you to see them. I feel very little with my moose pictures :-)
I hope to get close , but with carefulnees with the old cow with her 2 calves. I only have 300 mm lens.
I take my hat off!!!
(I will put out a link to you on next post)

Brk Trt said...

Wonderful photos Jim.
I've fished Northwest Maine for years, mostly in September. And some of the bulls are awesome. It's an animal built for the north country.

Olga said...

Fantastic pictures!

Coy Hill said...

that shot of the bull with the water cascading from his antlers, priceless!

PaWingers said...

Love the pics from Maine. It's hard to pick a favorite. We need to get up that way one day. Excellent images!