Blackwater NWR – 2012

I love visiting Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland.  The beauty and serenity is astounding.  This is a collection of my best photos from my visits in 2012.  If you haven’t already, take a day trip to Blackwater NWR to drive along their paved Wildlife Drive or walk along one of their trails.  No telling what you might see!!  For information about the refuge, read the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Blackwater NWR brochure (1.4MB PDF file).

My Visit – July 7, 2012 (hot & hazy @ 98 degrees mid-afternoon – it was a scorcher!)

Famous Osprey Family on BNWR’s Webcam

Osprey chick practicing flapping those huge awkward wings

Momma Osprey feeding one of her chicks

Osprey family along wildlife drive

Yes, there are two chicks shielded under momma’s wings.

Osprey dad 100 feet away keeping an eye on his family’s surroundings

8 Great Blue Herons and 1 Great Egret

9 Great Blue Heron, 5 Great Egrets & 1 American Bald Eagle flying away in the upper right.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Great Egret with juvenile

Great Egret – Coming in for a landing

Great Egret – Preparing to land

Great Egret – Touchdown!

Great Blue Heron – trying to keep cool

Great Egret

Great Egret – Preparing to take off

Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

American Bald Eagle

American Bald Eagle – closeup

American Bald Eagle – Juvenile

Juvenile American Bald Eagle and Great Egrets

Great Egret trying to sneak by the juvenile Bald Eagle

Great Egret thinking as he picked up speed, “I’ve almost made it!”

Well, he didn’t make it. The eaglet turned quickly & saw him and both he and the egret took flight, causing another one to fly. Quickly, the eaglet was behind both of them, disturbing a fifth egret, who all were frantically trying to get out of his way.

Juvenile Bald Eagle in flight behind two Great Egrets

Juvenile Bald Eagle in flight behind two Great Egrets

Now a fifth Great Egret is outta there!

It really appeared the juvenile bald eagle was toying with the egrets, flying directly behind them but not in a high-pursuit chase. With all five now going in all directions, the juvenile eagle just as quickly turned around and went directly up to his tree home to perch alongside one of the parents already there. Bet he told mom or dad, did you see that? Did you see them fly scared? That was fun!” 😉

Turtle

Two baby raccoons

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Osprey parent and chick on Maple Dam Road

Female Osprey

My Visit – January 1, 2012

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Canadian Geese

Great Blue Heron

Northern Pintails

Northern Pintail

Bald Eagle

Immature Bald Eagle

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Northern Pintail & Two Sleeping Canadian Geese

Northern Pintail

Tundra Swans

Bald Eagle with dinner

Bald Eagle with dinner

Bald Eagle with dinner

Bald Eagle with dinner

Bald Eagle with dinner

Bald Eagle with dinner

Great Blue Heron

Northern Pintails

Canadian Geese, Northern Pintails, Male Mallard

Bald Eagles

Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese & Tundra Swan

American Coot

Bald Eagles

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle Nest in Loblolly Pine Tree on left at end of Wildlife Drive

Pair Eagles & Nest on left at end of Wildlife Drive

Canadian Geese

I hope you enjoyed and thank you for stopping by to view a glimpse of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge through my lens!

22 thoughts on “Blackwater NWR – 2012

  1. Beautiful awe inspiring photos Donna! Excellent work!! Can’t wait to make a day trip to Blackwater!!! Thank you for sharing!

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    • Thanks so much! Blackwater NWR is a wonderful refuge with a 7-mile driving loop which makes birding here the best! During the winter, the refuge hosts the largest number of the American Bald Eagles on the East Coast. 🙂

  3. What a lovely place. And what wonderful creatures. I hope you are able to be out there and enjoy them, Donna. Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you.
    Warmly, Tanja

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