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Guest 18-Oct-2020 17:23
Hi Chuck, watching our finch feeder and looking to identify!
Love seeing your awesome photos! Great talent, Brother!
Maureen 15-May-2020 15:59
Your photos are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them!
Jeffrey Lewis Knapp05-Mar-2015 03:43
Muscrat it has been 11 years since you last visited.

Hope you are well my friend.

24-Oct-2004 02:13

God bless you my friend .....
Jennifer 03-Sep-2013 01:32
You have a great gallery. I'm having trouble identifying a bird that I took a photo of in the marsh today (I'm in south Louisiana). Do you think you could help?
Dorris 08-Mar-2013 20:58

Photos are beautiful; thanks for sharing. Yesterday I saw a Rufusided-towhee, think that was one; dark head, beige sides and burnt lite orange underneath; beautiful bird; first one to ever see. Would they be in our area? Have you seen the site with the eagle cam? Watched the two Eagles last yr. raise three eaglets;they are on the nest again. love the site. Added you to my favorites.
Phil 14-Mar-2012 23:59
Enjoyed your photos, especially the fish, as i love fly fishing. I was interested in your pictures of trout from bowmans creek near Harveys lake. Spent many a day fishing and swimm ing at Evans falls on Bowmans as a youth. Spent many summers camping at harveys lake in the 50,s and 60,s. hope to get back to bowmans this spring . Phil, from Macungie Pa.
Jacque 30-May-2011 14:49
Beautiful photography! What kind of camera do you use?
Bill 15-Mar-2011 01:56
Julie, your wife's college roommate sent me your latest picture, a Prairia Warbler.
It's a beautiful picture as are your other picturs
david wagner 03-Feb-2011 16:55
I am systematic entomologist at the University of Connecticut writing a book on caterpillars. I would love to use one of your images, for example that of a yellow warbler eating a caterpillar in my guide. Any chance? Thanks.

David L. Wagner
Chanda 03-Jan-2011 18:39
You are a very talented photographer. Thank you so much for sharing your photos. Is it possible to purchase prints from you? Birds and Blooms magazine would love your pictures. ~Chanda
Jill 02-Oct-2010 21:13
I took a picture of a heron with what I thought was a fish in it's bill. On a closer look this "fish" seems to have at the very least two front paws and a kind of thick flat tail. May I send you a picture of it please for identification?
Your photos are magnificent and I will come back often.
FocusingOnWildlife.com27-Sep-2010 08:34
superb images, will check your site on regular basis.
Ken Billington's Bird & Wildlife Photography
Pat 24-Jul-2010 20:23
Your pictures are magnificent. They help me to identify birds at my own backyard feeders here in N.C. Keep on keeping on.
Jill 15-Jun-2010 20:12
Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing them with us!!!!!!!
Guest 28-Feb-2010 13:49
Mus, I also am in N.E. PA --- caught your post/link on Hunting PA site and that was my lucky day for finding quality birding pics.
Thanks for sharing, your pictures are the best I've seen --- I'm now inspired to make a more serious effort at birding.

Bob Fuhrman
Jen 07-Nov-2009 14:36
Love the photos - do you sell any of the images? Looking for an 8 x 10 of the Black-Capped Chickadee. Thanks!
Shelley & Dave Crawford 30-May-2009 16:09
So cool to know that our neighbor is so talented. Thrilled that you are sharing some of NE PA. Keep on clickin"!! Shelley & Dave Crawford - Distillery Hill Road
Jim Maust 15-Feb-2009 01:27
I see you still have a love for the outdoors. It's wonderful. Great work.
Rhonda 11-Jan-2009 00:44
While searching for images of American Chestnut trees, I came upon an image of an Indigo Bunting. Being ignorant of the existence of such a beautiful bird, I then changed my search to images of the Indigo Bunting, which led me to your page. How fortunate for me! Your pictures are all so beautiful and I am discovering so many different species of bird that I never knew existed. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous shots. Everything here is just breathtaking! Now I am going back to look at all of your photos. Guess I won't be getting much done today.
larry 25-Sep-2008 17:33
MUSKRAT, Doing a hawk ID study for non profit solano and sonoma land trust in northern california, wondering if we could use a couple shots. You would be fully credited for any work used. by the way great work very impressive.

Larry Broderick SLT.
Guest 10-Jul-2008 02:31
Beautiful! Thank you from Bourbon, Indiana!
Sander 21-May-2008 07:39
Is it ok that i use your pictures to my schoolwork about nuthatches?
Of course I'll write the name on your website.

/Sander, 11 years, Sweden
sdprice 29-Oct-2007 18:22
I especially liked the flock of geese in front of the moon. I was thinking how long you need to wait for such a sight until I noticed that the flock is the same as in the previous picture of geese. Nice work though.
Guest 19-Oct-2007 18:10
Would love to use your images of tiger muskellunge and striped bass for a field guide we are publishing on Ontario's fishes. Although we are an educational institution (Royal Ontario Museum) we would be willing to pay a reasonable rate for a one time use of your images. Please let me know if you are interested.
Guest 27-Jun-2007 13:06
Thank you for sharing your work. Had a great time looking at them.
Guest 08-Mar-2007 07:41
Your photos have reignited my passion for photography. Thank you!
Guest 04-Mar-2007 11:12
Excellent galleries. Thanks for sharing!
lin 05-Dec-2006 04:11
well done!
excellent galleries!
more pics ..ok
Jackie 06-Oct-2006 00:34
Mr. always ur pics are beautiful...i've been waiting to hear from you and to my disapointment nothing...ok well if you can just email me any time...your favorite student of all time, Jackie
Kevin 10-Aug-2006 06:57
Very nice site!
Raymond J Barlow09-Aug-2006 03:24
wonderful Galleries!! Thanks for the visit to my pbase.
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal31-Jul-2006 14:28
You got some great pictures here,
I aspecialy like the owl pic's since i'm crazy about them.
Keep up the good work,
Muskrat's Photos28-Jul-2006 13:11
Many THANKS for the nice comments! I appreciate all of you taking the time to view and comment on my work. I'm glad you're enjoying the beauty of Nature!
David Stevenson 28-Jul-2006 06:49
You have created some of the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen.
Thank You, Dave
Guest 27-Jul-2006 03:05
Guest 08-Jul-2006 11:07
Very good shots !
Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos !

Best regards
Christina Guillen 27-Jun-2006 23:07
Hi Mr. Musitano. Your photos are wonderful. They bring back vivid memories of Benton's natural beauty. Thank you from your former student Tina Savage.
Jim 27-Jun-2006 03:10
Hello Mr Mus... Another blast from the past here class of 1978. Love your photos and would like to learn about some of the lenses you are using. Just picked up a canon digital slr myself and searching for lenses to use for photos such as you are displaying.
Guest 10-Jun-2006 00:46
Good to hear from you old friend...Wonderful gallery as always!
Robin Born 23-May-2006 18:38
Your pictures are extraordinary! What a delight just to scroll through your work! Thank you so much for making these available to all of us! 23-May-2006 12:16
Brilliant. Freaking brilliant. Ian Schwartz.
Mike Reitter 08-May-2006 14:45
Hello! Your photos are stunning, excellent quality, beautifully presented and arranged. I was trying to identify one of the new birds that has visited my back yard, and thanks to your photography, I have! I'm in Philadelphia, just down the state from you, so some of our birds are similar, but you've captured them magnificently. Thank you for your site!
Bob D. Kaufman08-May-2006 01:23
You have an outstanding collection of bird photographs. I added you to my favorites.

Bob K.
Kari McKenna 01-May-2006 07:04
Hey Uncle Chuck!
I couldn't believe it when I happened upon your website when looking for photos of Pennsylvania birds! What a nice surprise to see all of your beautiful photos. Recently I've developed an interest in birds of the world but thought I'd start doing some birdwatching right in my own yard. I wanted to be able to identify some of the birds that I spotted and just by coincidence happened on your site! Beautiful pictures of nature as well, I really enjoyed what I had time to look at, and I added your page to my "Favorites" list. Love you, Kari
Robin Tibbetts 19-Apr-2006 20:08
I am doing a presentation this weekend for a Cub Scout Pack Meeting and needed some great photos of PA birds. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SITE! You have wonderful pictures of one of my most favortie subjects...birds. I am originally from New England so I do miss some of the warblers that do not nest here and the Loons ( my most favorite) but am enjoying the variety of birds here in the Mountains. Thanks again. Robin 17-Apr-2006 10:20
Fabulous site.
Joy Coylr 05-Apr-2006 13:07
You have a wonderful talent ~ thak you so much for sharing, your photoes are so beautiful.
. I am a grandmother who loves learning about our world & sharing with my grandchildern. I create a monthly family nwesletter & would love to include some of your photos of birds & insects in my newsletter. The letter is for family use & family learning only, never for profit. One of my goles for the newsletter is to generate in my grandchildern. a love for all life forms on our planet. please let me know, TX Grandma Joy
Guest 04-Apr-2006 00:18
I am a volunteer and member of Greater Ozarks Audubon in Springfield, Missouri. You have some absolutely stunning photos. I'm a birder, and have a Nikon 995 plus scope, but unfortunately not the patience of a photographer. However I can admire an artist's composition and talent to capture wildlife at its best. Could I use some of your photos in a bird identification program for my chapter (only). This is strictly not for profit, but enjoyment and education for our membership. Lisa Berger
Thank you for your consideration.
M.W.E 24-Mar-2006 16:22
hey mr. muss your a good pictuer taker of birds of all kinds you should make your own bird book and sell it to natinal geographic.
Christy Dryer 12-Mar-2006 02:26
Hi Mr. Mus,
Okay, here's a voice from the past-Christy VanOrman (now Dryer). I was wandering around the internet and found Benton's website and then your site/pictures and decided to say hi. I am married, with two teenagers now (can't believe I am that old!) and I have my Master's degree in Nursing. I teach nursing at a Community college in Maryland. Just think, it all started in your biology class!! Anyway, just wanted to say hi and thank you for all that you did for me in high school. Please say hi to Mr. Burgess and Mr. Powlus for me too. Take care, Christy Dryer
Steve Parkin02-Mar-2006 02:47
Hey Muskrat. Thanks for commenting on my galleries. I live in Northwestern, PA so I'm familiar with most of the stuff you're shooting. You have some real nice stuff in your galleries! I enjoyed my visit!

Steve P.
Lloyd & Sandy Spitalnik04-Jan-2006 15:53
Thanks for your kind comments Muskrat. About 175 bird species pass thru Central Park in an average year. Unfortunately, Pileated Woodpecker is not one of them. Your bird and nature photos are excellent - I'll need lots of time to go through them all.
Guest 01-Dec-2005 23:41
I wanted to say that I very much enjoyed your galleries. All very nice.

I was wondering if you knew what kind of bird this was. Thanks!
Muskrat's Photos13-Nov-2005 01:55
Marty....they sure are "sight" to see. We have a few pair that frequent our woodlot, here in PA. A tough bird to photograph...even when you get close, they NEVER stay still...they are in constant motion! Good Luck!
Marty 13-Nov-2005 01:39
Muskrat,I live in a heavily wooded area of central Oklahoma and recently spotted the largest and most colorful Woodpecker I've ever seen.Thanks to your site I identify it with the "pileated".My attempts to photograph it were unsuccesful, but what a sight.It must have been a good 12" tall as it was perched on the side of the tree.I'll be watching for it and have my camera loaded.
Muskrat's Photos12-Nov-2005 22:27
To Guest: Thanks so much for your kind words! Drop by anytime...I keep adding more as I get them!
Guest 04-Nov-2005 22:37
Thank you a million times; your photos are magnificent. I live in an area heavily populated by many different birds and have always had a hard time recongnizing each one even though I see them every day when they visit the many feeders I have for them. I now just visit your site and I can tell my husband just what feathered friends can to visit me while he was at work. Again thank you so very much
Barbara 31-Oct-2005 20:31
Muskrat - I work for a company that produces educational publications on wildlife. I'm very interested in using some of your beautiful photos. Please contact me if you'd like to talk.
Bob Moul29-Sep-2005 17:03
What a great testimony to the wildlife of Pennsylvania. Enjoyed all of your photos tremendously. Good luck for continued success in this wonderful hobby!
Joyful 25-Sep-2005 03:38
Was looking for muskrat and ended up on your site. This is a great site. Adored looking at all the wildlife. Am using as background on my computer. Thanks for the great pics.
Turin Gerhardt 24-Jun-2005 00:25
Hey Mr. Mus thanks for a great year of bio and learing about the different birds in PA. hope to see more on your site
Tom Munson01-Jun-2005 14:12
Terrific site Muskrat,Thanks for sharing.
Michael Lehet 17-May-2005 16:08
Hi Mr. Mus,

Somehow ended up on your site so thought I'd just say hello. You have some wonderful pictures, reminds me of Biology class all those years ago!
Alison Rhinard 06-May-2005 00:44
hey mr. mus!
i just wanted you to know i gave your website to a friend who is going to college to be a biology teacher. she is going to be working with bald eagles over the summer and i believe she will be giving presentations at knoebels. see you in class:)
Bob Moul20-Mar-2005 13:12
Great photos, Muskrat. Hope you are enjoying the 20D as much as I am. :)
Arleen 20-Jan-2005 22:15
Hi, Muskrat,

I'm drafting my next monthly report and would like to get permission to use your small picture of the pretty female Indigo Bunting in your Songbirds portfolio.

I am adding a new "Trip Reports" section to my personal web page and would like to include your picture since I will be relating a birding experience that involved buntings. Of course, I'd credit your name and add a link to your site so that my readers may view it. I will also provide another link with detailed info under my Links section. Should you give me permission, I would also like to know how I would credit your picture: Muskrat or something else?

Here's my last report so you may see how I credit photographers and if you would feel comfortable having your work on my pages:

Hope to hear from you soon.

Arleen O'Brien
C. White09-Jan-2005 01:21
Great galleries I love your birds. I really enjoyed the Hawks. These are hard to get here. They are around but so shy. Thanks for stopping by my bird galleries too. Great to get to know you. Greetings to you and the birds of Penn.
Ken Owen31-Dec-2004 03:52
That's one incredible buck. I grew up in Bucks/Montgomery, Co. Pa and spent a lot of time in Wyoming, Co. camping and fishing. I don't ever remember seeing deer like that. Great capture!
Naturephoto Monique27-Dec-2004 20:47
Outstandingly beautiful images, thank you for sharing!

Best Wishes,
Guest 22-Nov-2004 02:22
Thanks for dropping by my bird gallery. I really like your galleries. It reminds me of our trips back east to see family in Virginia. I really like the cardinals. Closest thing we have on the west coast to the blue jay is the stellar jay.
Guest 13-Nov-2004 22:33
Wonderful pics. Makes me want to start taking them too!
Guest 03-Jul-2004 17:01
Thanks for dropping by. I was just looking at some of your photos. You have much nicer Blue Jay shots than I have managed. I also really like your migrating geese with the moon in the background.
Grizzly Ike01-Apr-2004 12:49
Muskrat: I enjoyed your galleries and was amazed at the similarities of our tastes in photography subjects. I just added a digiscoping gallery that may be of interest to you.
Jeff Cochran14-Mar-2004 20:31
Hello, I enjoyed your photos.Thx for sharing. :)
Guest 06-Mar-2004 18:39
I realy like your photos.
Guest 08-Feb-2004 03:43
Enjoyed your photos, and seeing the different birds you have captured.
I'm sure you'll put the 100-400 lens to good use.
Thanks for comments on my gallery too!
Cindy Mead07-Jan-2004 05:24
what a wonderful collection of images- I enjoyed them all, and thank you for leaving such a nice comment at my own galleries :)
Jeffrey Lewis Knapp07-Jan-2004 01:48

What size images does your Sony camera take? Mine average about 40KB in size and I am looking for a new camera that has 10X Zoom. Any suggestions? You have some really nice photos!

Jeff Knapp