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Birding By Boat

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Photography and birding by boat is pretty awesome, getting to observe sightings and perspectives not seen from land.  It is also a whole different challenge when you have a boat rocking under your feet.  What fun!

Let’s see what caught my eye while cruising around two days this past week in some of our local Eastern Shore Maryland tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Buffeheads in flight

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Ruddy Ducks in flight

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View of Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge from Chester River

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Osprey drying off

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Canada Goose occupying an Osprey nest platform, possibly on eggs

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Green Herons, one in hot pursuit of the other

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Great Blue Heron

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Great Blue Heron close-up

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Osprey showing off his catch

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Now off to its favorite perch to eat or possibly take to his lady back at the nest

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Fallen tree art

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Osprey pair relaxing on a hunting blind

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Bald Eagle

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Great Blue Heron laughing at my joke

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Osprey in flight

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Caspian Terns beach chillin’

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Caspian in flight

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Bald Eagles flying together

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Canada Goose and Double-crested Cormorants

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Piling Reflection

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Osprey

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Bald Eagle chasing an Osprey to steal its fish

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Unsuccessful and exhausted, the Bald Eagle retreated to a tree to recuperate

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Hunter’s Duck Blind with Osprey pair & nest on left, Canada Geese pair & nest on right
(this ought to be interesting season)

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An Osprey’s beautiful wing

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Common Loon (non-breeding adult or immature)

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Osprey having lunch

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Bonaparte’s Gull in flight

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Farm buildings and Osprey nest platform

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“Chesapeake Bay alligator”

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Osprey “Oopsy Poopsy”

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“Sorry about that!”

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Great Blue Heron

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Osprey fly-by

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Osprey fly-by

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Osprey fly-by

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Osprey checking me out

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Whew, that was a lot, thanks for making it to the end!  I’ve got two more series’ posts (much shorter!) to share from these two boating days.

A quick share about our boat name I think you’ll find pretty cool and fun.  My husband and grandson #1 (10 yo) have been working on naming our new boat since December.  Grandson #1 is a diehard fisherman, has been for several years; he cannot get enough of it.  As you know, I’m the diehard birder.  Same deal, cannot get enough of it either.  🙂

Husband wanted the name to share both our passions and use one of my bird photos to create a logo that worked.  Soooo….they came up with the name, Kingfisher, with the grandson being our “King” fisherman, and the bird name for me.  I searched my Belted Kingfisher photos and used this next original shot for my bird selection to enlarge 10-12″ in my logo creation.

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Belted Kingfisher

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While I was teaching myself how to ‘clip out’ the Belted Kingfisher from this photo, Reed at PhotoArtFlight just happen to post on how to gain more resolution to enlarge a photo in PhotoShop.  I have an older version and couldn’t follow his steps. We spoke, I emailed him my photo, he enhanced my resolution his way, and emailed it back. Thank you again, Reed, for your assistance!

I then took that image and intricately reclipped my bird out, found a shutterstock fishing rod to purchase, and created the following logo I had printed by a local printshop.  Whatcha think?

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Our boat aptly named  😁

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