Lucy and I were trolling in our Boston Whaler past Fernald’s Neck Land’s End, by the Leeper’s camp, formally owned by Horace Lukens, a Virginia minister, and before that, an old boy’s camp. There were no clouds in the sky, and it was sunny. The temperature was around 50 degrees, but the sun was warm! We always watch the trees and shorefront for any wildlife and have our hand-held digital movie camera in the boat with us. Right at the point where a dead birch tree sticks out parallel over with the water, I saw a dark shape. Then the sun caught what I thought at first was a branch, but it started to move! I realized that the branch was actually a set of antlers, and the shape was a bull moose standing up to its knees in the water.

It took me a few seconds to power on the camera while Lucy stopped the engine. While we ‘video’, we are able to take ‘still’ pictures at the same time. Of course, I don’t know how long he had been at the water’s edge, but once the camera was running, he stood still for 20 or 30 seconds and then started to turn and move up off the shore and into the woods. The pictures are a little blurry, but with the boat and the moose on the move, I’m pleased that they aren’t worse. Maybe I can send a follow up with the video portion attached.

This is the first time in our life here on Megunticook Lake that we have ever seen a moose, not to mention a large bull moose.

Lucy, Mitch and “Horace” the moose (named in honor of Mr. Lukens)
Megunticook Lake, Camden