Blackwater NWR Gallery

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I shared the Tropical Kingbird, and I shared the Eagle pair and their huge active nest in my last two posts from my two-hour visit to Blackwater NWR.

What else did I see?  Here you go, in the order seen.

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Double-crested Cormorants

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Great Blue Heron

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Great Blue Heron (the bigger picture)

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Northern Shoveler (female) leading three Mallards and her partner

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Mallards

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Belted Kingfisher

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Great Blue Heron

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Great Blue Heron

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Bald Eagle

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Bald Eagle

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Northern Shovelers

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AnotherBald Eagle nest at the refuge with their webcam above it  (see it?)

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Bald Eagle nest close-up

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Forster’s Terns and Laughing Gulls

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Forster’s Terns and Laughing Gulls – different angle

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Pied-billed Grebe

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Northern Mockingbird

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Great Blue Heron walking along the road ahead of me

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Great Egret

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Mallard (male)

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Bald Eagle

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Having not visited this refuge in a few years, it was great to be back and see the changes in the habitat and finding my old feathered friends.  Getting a lifer with the Tropical Kingbird was certainly an added delight!

(all photos taken at Blackwater NWR, Cambridge, MD, on 11/1/21 from my car window)

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49 thoughts on “Blackwater NWR Gallery

  1. Wow, this looks like a birder’s paradise and you got some fantastic pictures! I can’t believe how that Bald Eagle is managing to balance on that tiny branch. I LOVE the portrait of the Great Blue Heron. It’s neat how the Northern Mockingbird’s head is framed by an orb, beautiful picture.

    • Thank you, Barbara! This was once my favorite refuge, I used to live 14 miles from it. The snag the Eagle is on has been there forever, I was surprised it still stood. Most definitely a favorite of the Eagles for perching and photographers to find one perched! 🙂 I saw the orb too on the Mockingbird, haloing it! 😉

  2. I truly enjoyed seeing this bonanza of birds at the Blackwater NWR, Donna. I love this refuge, it’s where I saw one of my first views of a great horned owl many years ago. Each one of your photos is beautiful, Donna. Loved seeing the cormorants, terns and gulls on the pier posts. Fantastic GBH photos–I liked seeing the close-ups as well as the bigger view with the flaming red leaves. Special treat to see the Bald Eagle photos and nest, espec. that final BE, wow. Great to see the mallards in flight, and how wonderful you got a lifer, too. Many thanks.

    • Thank you for your kind comments, Jet! It is a wonderful refuge, was always my favorite for many years. I’m living within 11 miles now of Eastern Neck NWR, Rock Hall, MD. I am learning and exploring it now, learning where my ‘best’ spots are that I like best! 😉

  3. What a marvellous collection of photos! Love them! My favourite are the GBH, Mockingbird and Egret. The one GBH shows the beautiful fall colour, which I love. The other two were such sharp photos!

    • Thank you Simon, I had such luck that morning for sure! The paved wildlife drive is about 8 miles long, many times along the way there is water on both sides of you. You can get out of your car, lots of pullouts, there are also trails along the way. But shooting from your car window, the birds don’t tend to fly as quick, if at all. Sometimes it is too easy! 😉 That’s why I have always loved this refuge!!

  4. That was a great outing at the refuge! You had some great bird sightings. I love the in-flight shots. Yes, I spied the webcam! At first I thought it was a light, but that didn’t make much sense. 😀

    • This was always my top favorite NWR, it offers so much beauty and wildlife year-round. I wish it wasn’t 1.5 hours from me! My ‘new’ NWR (Eastern Neck NWR) is 11 miles from our home, I am learning it and exploring for my favorite, quiet spots. 😊

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