Back to Birding and Nature

I knew I’d have to take a couple weeks’ break from blogging, and I had hoped to post my intention; but, well, our plans to hit the road came a few days sooner and there was no time.

We’ve been out west and picked up our new RV that finally finished production.  Yay!  After a return trip to Maryland, we packed it up and headed to Lake Greenwood in South Carolina, in search for warmer weather.

And it is most definitely warmer here than the mid-Atlantic!  I’ll be in SC for several weeks, working out the bugs and learning all the gizmos and gadgets on the RV.  And getting back to my passion…..photographing birds and being one with nature.

Here’s a sampling of what I’ve already captured in less than an hour around our campsite.  🙂

 

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Northern Cardinal

 

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

 

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Northern Mockingbird

 

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Northern Mockingbird

 

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Great Blue Heron

 

I can already tell I’m going to have a lot of fun getting back to birding and nature!

Thanks for catching up with me, I will soon be by to catch up with all of you.  🙂

 

 

Turkey Vulture Silhouette

 

Sharing a bird silhouette I thought appropriate for Halloween…..

 

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Turkey Vulture

 

 

Chesapeake Bay Sea Nettles – Water Ballet II

I previously shared photos and information on Chesapeake Bay Sea Nettles that had suddenly appeared in large numbers in Cambridge Creek back in September.   (previous post here)

Most of the Sea Nettles didn’t stay but a few days before the tides carried them away to new destinations.  Luckily a few big ones remained for a week or more, so I continued to photograph them when they were gliding at the top of the water near me.

Shade and overcast days worked best, as well as early morning when the water was usually calm.

I hope you enjoy another photo series of “Sea Nettle Water Ballet”.

 

Chesapeake Bay Sea Nettles “Water Ballet”

 

I thought this next especially large sea nettle with 6-8 foot tentacles gave an appearance of a bride.   What do you think?  😊

 

“Here Comes The Bride”

 

 

Barn Swallows

Our area Barn Swallows are long gone for the fall/winter, having migrated to Central and South America.

Any time I was over at our marina this past summer, the small colony that lived beneath our dock were always flying around or perched on boat lines.  Even on top of our bimini, where they loved to sit and poop, much to my husband’s dismay.

Here’s four more of my favorites from this past summer not shared previously.

 

 

 

Incoming Canada Geese

 

Our skies and waters are beginning to show the early arrivals of the thousands of migrating Canada Geese that will come to spend the fall and winter on Maryland’s Eastern Shore farms and marshes.

 

Canada Geese

 

Did you know?
Canada Geese pair up and mate for life.  That’s goose commitment!

 

 

Cambridge Creek Turtles

Two turtles that co-habitat together in Cambridge Creek.  As the season begins to change, they will both bury deep in the mud to hibernate and reappear in the Spring.

 

Diamondback Terrapins

 

 

Snapping Turtle “Curious Big Boy”

 

 

And the turtles, of course…
All the turtles are FREE
As turtles and, maybe,
ALL creatures should be.

— Dr Seuss

 

 

 

A Cormorant & The Fish That Almost Got Away – Action Sequence

Cormorants have an impressive fishing technique of diving and chasing fish underwater using their powerful webbed feet and awesome underwater vision.

Once they hook a fish with their beak, the Cormorant returns to the surface to toss and swallow it.

After this Cormorant resurfaced with its catch, it missed the toss!  The fish tried desperately to get away; but the Cormorant was too quick to let that happen.

 

(click on the first photo to run through the action!)

Double-crested Cormorant working hard for its meal

 

 

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