Blackwater NWR – 2010 / 2011

I love visiting Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland.  The beauty and serenity is astounding.  This is a collection of my best photos from each visit.  If you haven’t already, take a day trip to Blackwater NWR to drive along their paved Wildlife Drive or walk along one of their trails.  No telling what you might see!!  For information about the refuge, read the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Blackwater NWR brochure (1.4MB PDF file).

My Visit – November 12, 2011

Visit – April 30, 2011

The next photos show a sequence of a Great Blue Heron trying his best to swallow his large catch.  It took him 12 minutes from capture to final swallow.

His throat appears a bit full in that last photo!

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Visit – January 15, 2011

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Visit – January 1, 2011

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Visit – November 21, 2010

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Visit – September 18, 2010

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Visit – July 4, 2010


12 thoughts on “Blackwater NWR – 2010 / 2011

  1. Pingback: January Is Cold To Us! « Bay Photos by Donna

    • These are absolutely amazing shots. I love the ones of the heron eating that
      great big fish-I didn’t think it would go down it’s throat. This is a “must visit”
      place for me after seeing all your photo’s. Thanks for sharing.

      • Thank you for your comments Celeste! I had set up my tripod to watch & photograph that heron as he was catching & swallowing little 2-3″ fish in seconds. When he speared that great big one, I couldn’t believe it! I don’t think he could either, he had to keep resting inbetween shifting the fish as he tried to swallow him. I bet he didn’t have to eat any more that day! LOL It was an awesome sighting, two other cars pulled up and got to watch him too. We were absolutely amazed. Please do visit, I know you won’t be disappointed!

    • I have three lens and use all three, but I primarily shoot with a Nikon 70-200mm F.28 attached to a Nikon TC-17E111 Teleconverter for the individual wildlife shots. I will switch to a Nikon 18-55mm for the landscape & sunset shots. Thanks Joey for your question!

  2. Gorgeous pictures. I miss Dorchester County and The Eastern Shore so much. thanks for letting me visit through your pictures.

  3. Seriously Donna, I could scream. I would faint seeing all of this wildlife. Well, maybe not faint as I’d miss everything, but….

    The eagle shots…sigh.

    Magnificent captures my friend.

    Sigh…

    Margie

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