An Autumn Peek at Eastern Neck NWR

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Here’s a few more recent autumn photos at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge.

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Tubby Cove Boardwalk with sun rising behind me and a full moon setting

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Tubby Cove platform at sunrise

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Another angle of the platform and duck blind at sunrise

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From the above platform on a cloudy November 12th, both myself and others were lucky to see the first-of-the-season Tundra Swans.

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Tundra Swans at a distance
(my shot 500mm above, see cropped shot below)

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There they are, welcome back, Tundra Swans!

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Butterfly Trail

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Overlooking marshes

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Headquarters Pond – heavily laden with duck weed

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Tubby Cove Trail

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Overlooking the mouth of the Chester River and out to the Chesapeake Bay

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Dramatic skies on a chilly, breezy day at the refuge

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Boxes Point Trail

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This next photo is not mine but gives you a full aerial view of the 2,285 acres of Eastern Neck NWR.

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Aerial view of Eastern Neck NWR
Entrance is over the bridge at bottom left onto the island that boasts 9 miles of roads & trails
Photo credit – Will Parson

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And finally, always a welcomed sight when arriving at the refuge, the raptor who lives year-round there and helps manage it, the Bald Eagle.

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Bald Eagle

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I hope you enjoyed a few more autumn scenes from one of my favorite places to explore!

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31 thoughts on “An Autumn Peek at Eastern Neck NWR

    • I thought it’d be nice to see where I go exploring and how peaceful it is to be with nature. Thousands of Tundra Swans spend their winter primarily on water around the Chesapeake Bay, they move around based on the underwater vegetation food they can find to eat. They will also come much closer to land so come January/February, I hopefully will be sharing pretty close-ups of them. They are a winter excitement at the refuge. πŸ™‚

  1. This is a planned refuge and well thought. It’s beautiful no doubt. Great photos, Donna. πŸ™‚

  2. What a beautiful national wildlife refuge, Donna! You’re lucky to live nearby. The boardwalks and trails look very inviting. The eagle must be an excellent land manager. πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you, Barbara! It was one of the refuges we searched to live around so I’d have a ‘happy place’ close by! πŸ˜‰ I feel very much at home at this refuge now since exploring it for just over a year. And you are right, the eagle is an excellent land manager!!

  3. That looks like a really nice place to explore. Patiently waiting for a Tundra to come by as it passes through so I can finally get that checked off for the year. They Eagles have already arrived (at least the ones that do not stay year round) an feeding well of the Illinois River.

    • We’ve lived here for 14 months now, and I’ve learned so many ‘gem’ spots and still explore and find more. Very glad to be retiring so close to it. Our Tundras are showing up more, I counted 41 the other day, LOVE listening to them. We’re also seeing the migrant Eagles showing up, there’s been many Golden Eagle sightings, I am patiently waiting for my chance on that one for me! πŸ˜‰

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