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  • This male Purple Finch, whose feathers are more red-raspberry than purple, is foraging for seeds within the cones of this evergreen. Photographed by Geoff Dennis, himself a denizen of the coastal places and forests of the Sakonnet region. The Sakonnet, named after the local tribe, includes the towns of Little Compton and Tiverton, RI. © Geoff Dennis
  • A year-round Sakonnet resident, the Red-shouldered Hawk, prefers mature, mixed hardwood forests especially near areas of undisturbed wetlands and along rivers. Such habitat can be found in the remaining intact forest tracts of the Sakonnet. © Geoff Dennis
  • Geoff Dennis, truly a photographer for all seasons, has shared his passion for birds, and for the preservation of the Sakonnet landscape, through generous donations of hundreds of photographs to the RI Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. © Jeanne Parente
  • During a winter visit to Goosewing Beach Preserve, as seen in the previous slide, Geoff photographed this Field Sparrow during its respite from the taxing effort of flying to and fro, foraging on the remaining seeds of flower heads still protruding above the recent snow. © Geoff Dennis
  • This Short-eared owl is perched on a tall stalk of the Common Mullen plant. It is an owl that relies on open areas for winter foraging, such as the shrubby fields and marshes surrounding Quicksand Pond in Little Compton. © Geoff Dennis
  • The male Northern Cardinal is easily recognizable by all. But who is this? Geoff Dennis captured the beautifully contrasting coloration of this female Northern Cardinal poised naturally.
    © Geoff Dennis
  • A brilliant Cedar Waxwing. Geoff Dennis has helped The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island connect hearts to nature, and inspire support for the preservation of the natural world by providing many of the images we use to accomplish our conservation mission. © Geoff Dennis
  • This large Brown-headed Cowbird fledgling is being fed by an adult Chipping Sparrow. Cowbirds are parasitic and rely on other species of birds to raise their young for them. Unfortunately for other species of birds, cowbirds thrive in human induced fragmented landscapes. © Geoff Dennis
  • The Cute Factor! The Red-eyed Vireo, nicknamed the “preacher bird” has a song that is soothing and repetitous, and often heard in the deep woods. They prefer tracts of unfragmented forest for nesting; they are often susceptible to Brown-headed Cowbird parasitism. © Geoff Dennis
  • Who are these guys? Not so tenaciously suspended above an opening in the understory of trees, three Acadian Flycatcher nestlings await the return of their mother. The parent has chosen a holly tree, such as those found in the coastal oak-holly forest of Weetamoo Woods in the town of Tiverton. © Geoff Dennis
  • Snow Geese captured in flight migrating along the Sakonnet coastline, on a journey from their high arctic breeding grounds to wintering sites in the mid-Atlantic states. © Geoff Dennis
  • This Pied-billed Grebe was photographed in the light of the setting sun over Quicksand Pond at Goosewing Beach Preserve. Pied-billed grebes often winter in brackish estuaries and in this case was discovered in the brackish waters of a coastal pond. © Geoff Dennis
  • An intense moment of foraging by a Snowy Egret. Geoff is a keen observer and documents the trials and tribulations of the bird world with his camera. © Geoff Dennis
  • The fall migration of birds includes innumerable shorebirds of varying species that rely on the Sakonnet's shoreline and coastal ponds for rest and foraging during their journey south. Many are traveling from their arctic breeding grounds such as this White-rumped Sandpiper. © Geoff Dennis
  • An evening departure of shorebirds from the Quicksand Pond mudflats heading in a southerly direction. © Geoff Dennis
  • Photographer, Geoff Dennis, with a redpoll on his head. It's real!  © Courtesy of Geoff Dennis
Rhode Island
Geoff Dennis Photography

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