Eagles, birds, foxes and other wildlife are keeping two photographers in the town of Sebago plenty busy these days. Last month, Linda Panzera and Rich Antinarelli won ribbons for their work at the 30th annual Maine Sportsman’s Show in Augusta.

Panzera’s daily pursuits find her in places and situations that are ideal for wildlife photography.

She reports to the state about loons and eagle sightings around Sebago Lake and also monitors a heron rookery. But the photo that earned her first place at the show is a remarkable image of a red fox and two kits at home in the nearby forest.

“I visited the area quite often,” she said. “Several of the foxes got quite used to seeing me.”

It was during summer last year; the little fox family was denning in a rocky outcropping. “They have several dens,” Panzera said. “They have a birthing den, a food den and a couple of other areas.”

Panzera’s first-place picture, titled “Red, Cutie and Sweetie,” was in the “small mammals” class of the wildlife category.

She also received a second-place ribbon for her photograph of a black-crowned night heron, titled “The Stalker,” in the “other birds” class of the wildlife category.

Rich Antinarelli is in the same neck of the woods as Panzera and received honorable mention for his picture “Mr. Robin Sitting Pretty.” Antinarelli is an amateur photographer who focuses on birds and nature.

As an avid fisherman he takes numerous photographs of sunrises and sunsets of Sebago Lake. His photographs have been published in the Portland Water District calendar in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

With another home in Dedham, Mass., Antinarelli was first introduced to Sebago Lake through fishing.

“The first fish I got up there was a 3-pound landlocked salmon,” he said. “I couldn’t believe the size of it. I got hooked on fishing and started coming up every spring just after ice-out.”

Antinarelli eventually bought property on the lake. He is currently fascinated by another fisherman doing his work: the bald eagle.

Antinarelli and his father were out fishing the other day and witnessed a bald eagle plunge down and take a fish.

“I’m amazed at the size of some of the fish they carry,” he said.

Antinarelli doesn’t have any ribbon-worthy photos of eagles yet, blaming that on a lack of high-priced camera lenses he said he needs to capture them.

Panzera’s photographs have been published in the Northwoods Sporting Journal, the Sebago Historical Society calendar and the Portland Water District calendars.

Because of her love for wildlife, Panzera donates 5 percent of her earnings from her company, Linda L. Panzera Photography, to the Endangered and Non-game Wildlife Fund of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. 

Her photographs are for sale at Full Circle Gallery in Cornish and Mainely-4-You in Naples, or by emailing her at [email protected]

Don Perkins is a freelance writer who lives in Raymond. He can be reached at: [email protected]