Photographs by Frank

28 June 2022

Monhegan Island – Flora and Fauna

Filed under: Birds,Mammals,wildflowers,Wildlife — Tags: , , — Frank @ 11:00 AM

Although our trip to Monhegan Island was mostly about the landscape, I did manage to make a few photographs of the non-human inhabitants of the island even though I did not have a long lens* with me.

There were plenty of birds on the island including, according to Merlin, many nesting warblers along with nesting gulls and cormorants. Common Eiders were also plentiful out past the surf.

The mallards on Ice Pond are clearly habituated to humans. As soon as I showed up on the small beach, every mallard on the pond made a beeline for me expecting a hand out.

There was also a well habituated Herring Gull present atop White Head both times we visited there. I assume that it was used to folks feeding it scraps of their snacks/lunch.

The photos of the seals and the cormorant colony were made when we took an afternoon boat ride around the island… it takes all of thirty minutes to circumnavigate Monhegan Island!

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Waxwings
Waxwings
Gull Nest & Chicks
Gull Nest & Chicks
Ice Pond Mallard (in molt)
Ice Pond Mallard (in molt)
Harbor Seals (Monhegan Island)
Harbor Seals (Monhegan Island)
Harbor Seal in Water (Monhegan Island)
Harbor Seal in Water (Monhegan Island)
Coromorant Nesting Colony
Coromorant Nesting Colony
Gull #1
Gull #1
Gull #2
Gull #2
Mallard in Molt (Monhegan Harbor)
Mallard in Molt (Monhegan Harbor)

Late June is also a good time for wildflowers on Monhegan. The beach roses were in full bloom as were many other flowers both large and small.

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Wildflower
Wildflower
Blueflag Lily
Blueflag Lily
Monhegan Flora #1
Monhegan Flora #1
Monhegan Flora #2
Monhegan Flora #2
Beach Rose #1
Beach Rose #1
Beach Rose #2
Beach Rose #2
Beach Rose #3
Beach Rose #3
Monhegan Flora #5
Monhegan Flora #5
Monhegan Flora #3
Monhegan Flora #3
Monhegan Flora #4
Monhegan Flora #4

* I had my 70-200 mm zoom and a 1.7x teleconverter.

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