Water Birds at Blackwater NWR

I shared my captures of the little birds a few posts back from my last two visits to Blackwater NWR.  Now on to the bigger birds.  There were so many great opportunities, so I’ll split into two posts, water birds and raptors so not bog you down with so many photos at once (again).  Seems to be a problem of mine…..  😉

We’ll start with the smaller water birds and work our way up.

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Greater Yellowlegs


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Ruddy Ducks at sunset


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Northern Pintail (female)


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Northern Pintail (male)



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Different angle of the same Northern Pintail (male)


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Double-crested Cormorant


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Great Blue Heron


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Great Blue Heron on the refuge’s Osprey platform cam
(this looks funny, but I bet was neat-o to those who were watching the cam at the time)



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Great Blue Heron scratching an itch


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Great Blue Heron soaking up the sun’s afternoon rays


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An hour later, the same Great Blue Heron snoozing during the ‘golden hour’
(he never moved!)


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Great Blue Heron at sunset


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Great Blue Heron – An Autumn Profile


The raptors are next; and, of course, there will be Eagles!



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