Blackwater NWR – Wildlife & Habitat Scenes

My last two posts featured a close-up fly-by of a Bald Eagle and a Merlin launching into an attack, both taken last week at Blackwater NWR in Cambridge, Maryland.


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Here’s more from that day’s afternoon visit.

Birds up close…..




Other critters…..


Birds in habitat…..



And some of the gorgeous scenery that Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge has to offer.


I just shared with you some of why this refuge is one of my favorite places to be with nature.

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46 thoughts on “Blackwater NWR – Wildlife & Habitat Scenes

    • Thank you, Susan, yes, all photos taken from the wildlife drive except for the Cormorants which were along Key Wallace Drive and 2 of the 5 butterfly shots & gate from the Visitors Center. Their wildlife drive is pretty special for sure, I love it. Vehicles make awesome ‘photo blinds’ with wildlife at this refuge; and if you get out of your vehicle slowly/carefully, the wildlife will sometimes still oblige a photo or two. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tomorrow, Saturday, 8/28, the Wildlife Drive is free all day, if you’re not an annual pass member.

    • It really is beautiful, Takami. You can imagine, too, that I have a real hard time having to leave from each visit. If my husband’s with me, eyes have rolled at me a few times! hee hee ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. I had the opportunity to visit Blackwater once, years ago, and I still remember it vividly because it is such a vast and wildlife-filled place. Your photos were a real treat, Donna, to see Blackwater again. You had such a beautiful day with terrific sunshine and clarity. Fantastic captures. I especially like that one with the great egret balancing on one leg, and stretching the other. Your title for it is perfect. Also fantastic close-up of the monarch on the goldenrod. Easy to see why this NWR is a favorite.

    • Thank you, Jet! Yes, it is quite vast, there are other roads and many dirt trails that wind through the refuge that aren’t part of the Wildlife Drive that also offer stunning sights. The refuge is also a huge favorite with kayakers and cyclists. Me, I really hate to leave every time I’m there! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Wow, this looks like a wonderful place for observing nature – and so many birds!
    Just a noted clarification of butterfly shots: the first ‘Monarch and Buckeye’ (and subsequent one below left) are not Monarchs but Viceroys (note line across lower wing, which Monarchs don’t have) and the mystery one is a Painted Lady.

    • Thank you, Eliza, you can see why I love this refuge. Thank you, too for ID help and correction! I do see that black line and have also looked at these two up close online to understand better the differences. With all our Monarch-craze of migrants going through the area, I neglected to even think about Viceroys. My bad! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you again, my friend!

  3. As always, your photos are fantastic! What a beautiful gate they have. I wish I had a NWR close to me. The Blackwater NWR is so beauiful. Good work, Donna. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you, HJ, you would love this refuge. Isn’t that gate gorgeous?!! The seven mile wildlife drive is awesome with your vehicle being a perfect photo blind, they don’t care usually about you. Lots of places to pull off and get out to walk as well. I always hate to leave when it’s time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Thanks for sharing some wonderful photographs from Blackwater. My wife grew up in Cambridge so we experience the Eastern Shore often when we leave our base here in Ohio.

  5. Perfectly lovely! My favorite is the Egret yoga! They seem to easily go from gawky to graceful and then to that frozen statue. My favorite is to watch them fly over the creek here, though I don’t get the unobstructed views through the trees. They’re still a marvel to watch in their serene flights.

    • Tanja, if I could spend every day at this refuge I would. Its diversity is amazing. And the Eagles during the winter, wow! I had hoped to become a volunteer there this fall, but a new ‘chapter’ is in the making right now for my husband and I on leaving the area for a while to do some traveling. It’s a bittersweet time for me for sure….

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