Wildlife Gallery

All the photos you see on this website are my own.

It takes a lot of quiet time – hiking the trails, paddling the lake, sitting behind a bush, or even climbing a tree, to find the wildlife I love to write about.

And once I do, I might sit there for an hour or two,

or three,

watching quietly,

snapping hundreds of images,

hoping for the perfect capture.

Of those hundreds of pictures, I may get 6 to 10 great photos. But I gain so much more than that, because monitoring the wildlife is how I research to create stories that are realistic and true ~

So readers like you can feel as if they’re on the lake and trails with Cooper, Packrat and I.

Below are some of my favorite photos from Maine and Sanibel Island, Florida.  Please don’t copy to share or post without permission unless you are a teacher using them within a teaching curriculum.  Students also have my permission to use these photos in their class projects. All I ask is that you keep the photo intact with my copyright information. I use many of these photos within my Descriptive Writing presentation as well.

Be sure to check out the Words and Wildlife Blog for some of my wildlife-stalking adventure stories, such as the summer I monitored a loon family from nesting and hatching, until they flew south for the winter. Or the time I videotaped a snapping turtle fight . . . which in turn ended up a scene in the first chapter of Mystery of the Bear Cub!


Nesting Loon 2013 008 (2)

Nesting Loon 2015 (c) Tamra Wight

Loon and Two Week Old Chick 2015

Loon and Two Week Old Chick 2015


Loon Family 2015

Loon Family 2015



Wings Open Wide





Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle


Walk Dec 26 (32)

Eagle Nest Approximately 700 lbs

Nesting Eagles 3-25-15 (46)

Bringing Sticks To Add To Nest



Rearranging the Nest



Eagle In Flight


blog Eagles 5-19 036 (2)

Eaglet Triplets



April 27 walk 143 (1280x1010)

Fox Kit


Fox Den 5-14 (22) (1280x852)

Fox Kit Watching Me, Watching Him



Fox Kits Wrestling



Fox Kit noticing me


fox kits 4 4-14

Fox Kit during it’s first weeks


red feeder take2 (41)



Baby Chickadee (27) (1280x853)

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl


Black Bear Named Red

Black Bear Named Red



Blue Heron



Painted Turtle

Harbor Seals – Casco Bay


Harbor Seals – Casco Bay










Walk Nov full moon (60)

Full Moon Rising Over The Eagle’s Nest


Fall Kayak 9-7 (83)

Painted Turtle


An Adult Fox on my front lawn


The Adult Eagles 2017 – one chick hatched


Barred Owl 2017


Loon and 5 week old chick


Black Bear – Maine Wildlife Park


Loon and Chick


Loon and chick – 2016


Loon and chick at feeding time – 2016


Black Bear at the Maine Wildlife Park


Nesting Loon

Heron 9-13 (5)

Sun Rise Over The Lake






Red Squirrel


pileated woodpecker (28)

Pileated Woodpecker



Pelican – Sanibel Island



Pelican with Lunch – Sanibel Island



Pelican and Seagull – Sanibel Island


A Black Bear at the Maine Wildlife Park


Black Bears like the water, and they will take their cubs to it while they are still young.


Black Bear Named Red


Both of these bears are considered Black Bears. You can tell based on the tan color of their snout. Black Bears can be any color, from blond to black.



Snapping Turtle


Garter Snake

Wild Rabbit – Sanibel Island, FL
Alligator – Sanibel Island, FL
Iquana – Sanibel Island, FL
Sea Turtle – Sanibel Island, FL
Snowy Egret With Lunch ~ Sanibel Island, FL