Photographs by Frank

7 June 2013

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge — Part 1, Birds & Landscapes

Filed under: Amphibians,Birds,National Wildlife Refuges,Summer,Wildlife — Tags: , , — Frank @ 5:00 PM

My parents recently moved to one of those “soup-to-nuts” retirement places in suburban Washington, DC and we spent last weekend visiting them at their new abode.

On Monday we headed for the Blackwater National Wildlife refuge in Cambridge, MD (on the Eastern Shore). We had made a short visit there last summer and put it on our list of spots to return to for some serious exploring and photography.

We arrived in the area mid-afternoon on Monday and dropped off the camper in the campground before hitting the wildlife drive though the refuge in time for the good late afternoon and evening light. On Tuesday we spent nine hours in the kayaks exploring the Blackwater River. On Wednesday morning we did the drive through the refuge again before pointing the car north. We arrived home just after midnight.

On our first visit to Blackwater, we were amazed at the concentration of herons, egrets, osprey and bald eagles. This was not a random event. The same was true this trip. There were spots in the water where six or eight egrets and herons would be lined up in a space of a few dozen feet. At times it seemed that no mater which direction you turned you could spot a bald eagle nest or an osprey nest. The density of the large charismatic birds is quite astounding.

It seems that this trip, we caught fledgling time for the bald eagles. We often saw two adults sitting in the same tree nearby a nest. On a couple of occasions we watched a juvenile land in the same tree.

Of course, there are also many smaller birds around as well as numerous dragonflies and damselflies. I tried to photograph them all!

The odes will have to wait until I get at least some of them identified. They are mostly different from the familiar (to me) ones in New England. But, here is the first installment of photos…birds and landscapes.

Blackwater Birds (all made in the refuge proper)…

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Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker
Red-winged Blackbird (female) Bathing
Red-winged Blackbird (female) Bathing
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Osprey
Osprey
Virginia Rail Grooming
Virginia Rail Grooming
Virginia Rail
Virginia Rail
Egret
Egret
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
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ID Needed
Fledgeling Bald Eagle with Parents
Fledgeling Bald Eagle with Parents
Red-winged Blackbird (female) with Prey
Red-winged Blackbird (female) with Prey
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Cormorant
Cormorant
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ID Needed
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
Killdeer on Nest
Killdeer on Nest
Heron and Egret
Heron and Egret
Northern Flicker and Red-winged Blackbird
Northern Flicker and Red-winged Blackbird
Northern Flilckers
Northern Flilckers
Turkey Vulture Harassed by Red-winged Blackbirds
Turkey Vulture Harassed by Red-winged Blackbirds
Osprey #2
Osprey #2
Osprey #3
Osprey #3

Landscapes (the two black and white photos were made in the refuge; the sunset photos were made from the campground we stayed at in Turners Island)…

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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge #1
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge #1
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge #2
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge #2
Chesapeake Sunset #1
Chesapeake Sunset #1
Chesapeake Sunset #2
Chesapeake Sunset #2
Chesapeake Sunset #3
Chesapeake Sunset #3
Chesapeake Sunset #4
Chesapeake Sunset #4
Chesapeake Sunset #5
Chesapeake Sunset #5

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