Monthly Archives: September 2014

A Red-eyed Vireo that I captured this past summer at the Little Chocnut site 2 area. It had a nest that me and my son MCD found and  that we were planning on monitoring as things progressed.  We never did manage to make it back before the end of the brooding cycle but we did find the nest intact about 6 weeks later that I have taken as a good sign that all went well for this bird family. The squirrel do so much damage to the bird population in this area wail they are nesting.

Two young Osprey's sitting on they're nest waiting for the next meal to come home via air mail. It was very cool how these two never really took to much of a notice of me as I was taking these pictures. They paid more attention to there parents bringing them fish dinners. I watched as three or maybe four meals came in under wing. These images were taken in the Alexandra Bay area of New York State on my Wellesley Island State Park Stay. Osprey 094 It's a very impressive bird in a lot of way. Family groups work together at nesting time. Fishing tactics are very cool and the birds general appearance. I love it all. Still wish that they were in my area of New York. Alexandria Bay Area

The plane with the big teeth at the Rochester Airshow this year. "I loved this one", the colors and the art work on the front nose. The pilot gave a nice performance with the aircraft at the airshow and about the right time. The sun had just started coming out in patchy spots. As in previous post there is more of a description of the aircraft at the end of this post from the Rochester Airshow site. Hope you enjoy some of the shots I took of this lovely aircraft  :) R.A.S. 031 star R.A.S. 032 star R.A.S. 034 star R.A.S. 036 star R.A.S. 037 star

Jet Aircraft Museum Mako Shark
The T-33 is one of the most successful jet trainers of all time. When Canada decided to move to jet trainers Lockheed won the competition and Canadair awarded the contract to build the aircraft under license. The RCAF gave the T-33 the name Silver Star in honour of the first Canadian airplane, the Silver Dart As with other aircraft Canadair built under license, there was extensive redeisgn work and new technologies to master. Canada chose the more powerful Rolls Royce Nene engine, which required extensive redesign work. The manufacturing technique for the aircraft was also new to Canadair, as the aircraft was literally split in half and then joined after the engine was installed. The Silver Star began appearing in squadrons and schools in large numbers in 1953. Among operational RCAF squadrons, both Regular and Auxiliary, as well as some Royal Canadian Navy squadrons, the T-33 was used as a trainer and utility aircraft. Perhaps the best-known use of the T-Bird was the Red Knight - the RCAF's official solo aerobatics act. RCN had their own solo display under the name Red Herring in an apparent parody of the RCAF. In the NATO Air Training Plan, which ran from 1950 to 1958, Canadian and NATO pilots received their advanced flying training on the T-33. The T-33 continued in the training role until 20 June 1974. Thereafter, the Silver Star was used as a utility aircraft, towing target drogues for surface to air gunnery for the army and navy, and simulating enemy aircraft for combat training and when equipped with special electronic pods it could simulate an anti-shipping missile. The last T-33 retired on 31 March 2005 having been used by the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment at 4 Wing Cold Lake as an ejection seat test bed. Canadair built 656 Silver Stars for the RCAF between 1952 and 1959. Some also appeared in NATO air forces, as aircraft surplus to the RCAF were transferred to France, Greece, Portugal and Turkey under NATO Mutual Assistance in the late 1950s. The fact that the aircraft served for 54 years speaks to the excellence of its design and the quality of its construction and maintenance.