Welcome to Rick Marsi Online

For the past three decades, Rick Marsi's name has become synonymous with excellence in the following fields:


  • Visually stunning slide programs on nature and travel
  • Guided nature walks that educate and inspire
  • Professionally escorted nature tours in the USA and beyond


Purchase Rick's books and photos, hire him as a speaker for your next meeting or special event, or engage him to lead you on a guided nature walk.

Available for sale here now...

Rick's new book of nature

essays, "Log Cabin Year",

48 Reflections from Our

Seasons Past with illustrations

by Jan Mars

Price reduced to $19.95

Click on the book cover to view sample pages



Read a description of Rick's new slide programs River Wildlife 101 and The Last Wild Tigers of India by clicking "slide shows" on the tool bar at left.
Just Added: More "Caught in Flight" photos in "Bonus Content" at left.


View my log of September nature sightings by clicking "diary" at left.
Caught in flight...

Many species of dragonflies mate while flying in tandem over water. Such is the case with these Callico Pennants.

This Cedar Waxwing isn't flying, but it's about to. It's perched on a log that a flood has deposited in the middle of a river channel. Lifting off, it will quickly grab an aquatic insect from mid-air.  

Bald Eagles, including this adult, are thriving on our local rivers here in Central New York State. These local birds do not migrate, finding ample fish and ducks all winter on open waters, plus carrion on shore.

It takes 4-5 years for a Bald Eagle to attain its white head and tail. This juvenile flew directly over my kayak.

I wish you could have heard the squawks emanating from this Great Blue Heron. I came upon it in a wetland where I kayak frequently. Flying away, the bird obviously was not pleased with my intrusion.

Spying a Green Heron hunting shallows from a river gravel bar, I aimed the kayak toward it, hunkered as low as I could, and let the boat approach my quarry. When I was 20 yards away, with the heron directly opposite me, I sat up. The bird took off and I had a photo I call "heron ballet."

You can identify a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird by the small white spot behind the eye. By mid-September, most hummingbirds have left upstate New York and are migrating south toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Photos by Rick Marsi
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