Late Afternoon at Blackwater NWR
I cannot believe it’s been over a month since my last post; it was not intended. Too many ups and downs and turn-arounds….
To try to get back in the swing of things, a much-needed fix with nature was back on the agenda. It finally happened a week ago on a warm, breezy late afternoon at Blackwater NWR.
On arrival, I was immediately rewarded with a small group of warblers, busily foraging the bushes for berries along the wildlife drive near the Marsh Edge Trail.
Another little guy flew up to a snag and perched.
Many of the residents were soaking up the last of the afternoon’s warm sun rays.
Northern Water Snake
Great Blue Heron
Delmarva Fox Squirrel
Another Great Blue Heron
(who became an obliging photo subject when I passed him two more times)
He allowed me to get a bit closer for a brief moment.
Here he is again about an hour later at the same perch.
There were a lot of Mallard ducks arriving to the marshes for the evening.
A male (top) and two female Mallards.
Coming upon three Ruddy Ducks was exciting; the winter waterfowl migrants are beginning to arrive!
On a favorite tree perch, this Bald Eagle allowed me one photo before quickly taking flight.
I watched him as he flew over to the refuge’s Osprey platform set up with a live-stream camera that I had already passed.
Bald Eagle on an Osprey platform set up with a live-stream camera
As the sun began to set, I quickly did one more lap on the wildlife drive. The Bald Eagle was still perched on the Osprey platform, bathed in a golden glow.
Others were watching the sun’s descent as well.
My Great Blue Heron buddy again
(the breeze is fluffing up their chest feathers)
It was a short and sweet visit, and it was most refreshing. Now to find time to do it again! 🙂