A Visit to Bombay Hook NWR
Over this past Christmas holiday, Rick and I took a slight detour from visitations in the area one day to spend a couple late afternoon hours on the auto wildlife loop at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Dover, Delaware (about an hour from home). To get me back behind my camera. 🙂
The Snow Geese were the first thing to see when entering and passing Raymond Pool on our left.
Just pass that view, there is a parking lot for a short trail to an observation tower overlooking Raymond Pool. There were a lot of cars in the parking lot but no one about. Which meant a lot of people at the tower? Oh yea….as I reached the top stair to the platform I had no where to go. People, cameras, and tripods filled the platform. I had several people already coming up behind me, pretty much pushing me forward. I squeezed up & through, took a few photos, and left. I was lucky that a flock flew in while I was up there!
Walking back, I snapped a shot of a little bird before he high-tailed it into the brush. I believe it is a sparrow and will search the ID. I’m still learning the little birds. 🙂
It was a gorgeous late afternoon!
Further along the drive, a small flock of Canada Geese were feeding close to the road, a few Mallards mixed within….
and a Great Blue Heron.
The three species got along with each other fine, no squabbles. The Great Blue Heron did go off to the side to do a little fishing.
A little further up the drive, another Great Blue Heron. I loved how the late afternoon sun shined on the back of his neck.
I captured the next photo off to the right of him across the water.
As the sun headed down, more birds began to arrive.
In addition, a few Tundra Swan passed overhead and continued along their sky-route.
We departed as the sun was setting.
It was good to be behind my camera once again. 🙂