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Cooper’s Hawk

Among the bird world’s most skillful fliers, Cooper’s Hawks are common woodland hawks that tear through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds. You’re most likely to see one prowling above a forest edge or field using just a few stiff wingbeats followed by a glide. With their smaller lookalike, the Sharp-shinned…

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Snow Buntings

There’s been some charming and unexpected visitors at North Point State Park in Edgemere, Maryland. Fondly known as “Snowflakes” these cold weather birds have come down from their breeding grounds in the high arctic region of North America and winter in Canada and parts of northern North America. There have four of them calmly eating…

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Brown Pelicans on the Chesapeake Bay

There are times when Nature completely surprises you. In 1970, the Brown Pelican was declared an Endangered Species due to heavy hunting, and the effects of DDT in the food chain. Since then, Conservation efforts to ban DDT and hunting have been successful and gloriously the oddly looking Brown Pelican was removed from the Endangered…

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Eagle Season at Conowingo Dam

It’s been Bald Eagle season at Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River in Maryland. The past couple of years have been sparse with eagles, due to a variety of reasons. The first being that Conowingo Dam’s permit for operation had been suspended for some time while environmentalists argued about the silt caused by the dam…

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With Great Thanks

Today is a day that we get to stop from our busy lives and pause to think of the things to be thankful for. We receive kind gifts each day, and while we may not recognize them, they are there to brighten our day. Whether it be a kind gesture or word from a friend…

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The Milky Way in Shenandoah

Night photography is starting to intrigue me and even more, finding the elusive Milky Way along the eastern seaboard of North America. I’ve had two opportunities recently to get away from the bright city lights. First in the lowcountry of South Carolina, and most recently in the Shenandoah Mountains. The first thing that I’ve learned…

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Rose River Falls

In search of waterfalls that tumble down from the top of Shenandoah Mountains, I was looking for some that had an easier access than others. Along Skyline Drive there are several trails that head down the mountain along beautiful streams but can pose challenging treks for many. One of the easier waterfalls to reach is…