Birding From a Beach Chair on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Waiting for my scheduled knee surgery, we decided to go to the southern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore to spend a few days to pass the time.  We stayed at Sunset Beach Hotel and RV Campground that is along the bay side and has direct beach access.

With the summer season gone and the resort not busy just yet with the surge of visitors for the upcoming 24th Eastern Shore Birding & Wildlife Festival, it was a beautiful time of year for the beginning of the Chesapeake’s major fly-way southern migration.  Just north of us was Kiptopeke’s hawk observatory that is among the top 15 nationwide. I couldn’t make the trek to the observatory and had to settle for my beach chair.  That was okay, I enjoyed being the only ones sitting on the beach.  Just hubby, me and my camera.

Here’s my collection from those few days.

The Brown Pelicans and Cormorants were in full force every day.


Brown Pelicans and Cormorants chillin’ with me


Brown Pelican

A Great Blue Heron stopped by.  As far as I was from him, he still kept his eye on me.


Great Blue Heron


Great Blue Heron

Of course, there were a few exciting fly-bys…..


Cooper’s Hawk


American Bald Eagle


Merlin (a new lifer for me!)



Back to the shoreline……







Even the little crabs were out and about….





I was very excited to watch Osprey fishing each day!




Osprey looking for a fish to snag!





We took a drive into Cape Charles.  I shot these next photos of interest from the truck window.


Cape Charles





Common Buckeye


Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron (another lifer!)

All in all, these sightings during our few days to Virginia’s Eastern Shore helped ease my pain and worry about the surgery.  I even made it down to the beach to capture a sunset from our golf cart.


I’m recovering well now thanks to all your prayers!  We’re in South Carolina soaking up the warmer rays, and I’ve just begun some birding again.  Yay!

Nature has it’s way of making us feel better.  🙂

42 thoughts on “Birding From a Beach Chair on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

  1. Donna, these are beautiful photos. I especially like the birds in flight and the little crabs on the beach. Thanks for sharing. Your photos are an inspiration to me! And in this turbulent election week, mother nature has been my solace and refuge, so seeing your photos is also great ‘medicine’. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Spectacular photos, Donna! So glad to hear you are recuperating and regaining your strength. Nature does give us hope, and here’s hope for Nature.

  3. If it takes injuring my leg to get such excellent shots I’ll go for it! Seriously, I wish you prompt recovery my dear friend. Your gallery is fantastic! 🙂

  4. Enjoyed the photos and your descriptions Donna. Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery! Enjoy the warm(er) temps in SC. We have our first freeze warning forecast for this evening (Saturday) into early Sunday morning. Yikes… winter is just around the corner!

  5. A great collection of photos.The canoe at the end of the water was intriguing and fun to see the variety of birds at the beginning. You have found yourselves a lovely spot of land here. It will make pre and post op a lot more tolerable. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    • Thanks so much, Jane! I love taking photos of old abandoned boats, that one looks like it been there a long time. Yes, nature surely has a way of destressing us and making us smile. 🙂

  6. Well done Donna! what amazing beach chair captures my friend, you did not allow your infirmity to prevent you doing what you love. I share that same kindred spirit to not let momentary trials stop us achieving our goals. Another interesting and well shot post Donna, thanks again!

    • Thanks so much, Ashley! While outdoors, patience and allowing time to stand still will surely offer us views of our Lord’s amazing showcase of nature. Our eyes really do open and we can’t help but smile no matter what curves life throws at us! 🙂

  7. . . . But thank God for modern medicine! How blessed we are to live when and where do.

    Very cool batch of photos, Donna. I love that part of Virginia and hope to sail down that way next summer.

    • Thanks so much, Rick! If we decide to settle down again, it’s either the eastern shores of Maryland or Virginia that we’d chose. I hope you do get down there by sailboat next summer. The little towns are awesome and laid back. So nice! 🙂

  8. Hi Donna! As usual you take amazing pictures! I can’t believe that Ospreys are still in VA? I assume that they would be in Florida or South America by now? I’ll have to do some research on that, hmm.

    Have a speedy recovery! 🙂

    • Oh! I overlooked the part where you said it was late September when you were in the Eastern Shore of VA. Oops, sorry about that, ha ha. I miss Ospreys and I told my husband earlier today that it will be about 4 more months until they return! Can’t wait! 🙂

      • Thanks so much for your comments! Sorry about the late posting of those Osprey photos! 🙂 Yes, they are sunning themselves in the south, taking a little vacay before back in a few months. lol Lucky them! They really are a joy to watch, my favorite bird.

  9. A great series with wonderful images! I’m so happy to hear you’re getting better and able to get out and about. Thank God for your golf cart! 🙂

    I loved the Crab images the best. It’s adorable and looks like it was a bit of ham for you too.

    • Thanks so much, Deborah! Yep, love my golf cart. 🙂 The crabs shots were each a different crab. They were everywhere, it took time for the close ones to resurface after they scurried to their sand holes from our intrusion and chairs. lol And I certainly ‘trashed’ oodles of unfocused ones. They do give that ‘on guard’ kind of look, capture me if you can. 🙂

  10. Can’t explain it but “Osprey looking for a fish to snag!” had me sucking in my breath. But you tend to do that to me a lot! Glad to hear the recovery is progressing!!!

    • Awwww…..thanks so much, Gunta! I did take photos of the Osprey diving and retrieving, but they were so far off on the water, I didn’t think the photos were good enough to post. They are awesome ‘fishermen’ though!

  11. Beautiful photos! I especially liked the third crab photo. Lovely composition. You have a great eye for capturing the beauty of nature. I hope you’re recovering well!

  12. Beautiful pictures. I hope to see an osprey some day. These are winter visitors to my country-India. They come in small numbers. You are lucky to be staying so close to these birds.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: