Project 365 / Day 52 – Scenes from Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Warming Sunshine

Warming Sunshine

With a pre-dawn departure to head to the beautiful and natural Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the bitter cold temperatures and strong winds made me wonder if I really should have just stayed snuggled in my warm bed.

Heading to Cambridge, Maryland to visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, a long two-hour drive had me arrive to the wildlife loop to be greeted by the sun. Hundreds of Canadian Geese swam in the warming sun even though the waters were ice covered.

Along the marsh flew Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, and Ring-Billed Gulls in search for breakfast in the morning light. Along the marsh stood this refuge storage shed, standing strong and stark.

Along the Marsh

Along the Marsh

I watched while this Great Blue Heron stood in a small section of flowing water that wasn’t frozen over, patiently waiting for a fish to swim by. His hair blowing in the wind, I was glad to be watching from the comforts of my car.

Fishing at Dawn

Fishing at Dawn

The day was beautiful, although a good portion of the wildlife trail was closed due to construction. High in the skies flew thousands of snow geese that settled into the marsh for the morning.

Snow Geese

Snow Geese

Snow Geese filling the sky

Snow Geese filling the sky

The high cold winds kept the birds far from me, even with my 500mm lens. I’ve discovered that it’s really hard to hold the lens steady in 20 mph winds! Even fully bundled, I had a hard time spending much time out of the car. The wind just blew the cold through to my bones.

I managed to find an American Kestrel, a Red Tail Hawk, and several American Bald Eagles. A great raptor day. I’m thrilled that I’m starting to get better at capturing the Red Tail Hawks, in spite of the high winds.

American Bald Eagle

American Bald Eagle

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

Red Tail Hawk

Red Tail Hawk

It really was a wonderful birding day, even if a lot of birds were too far for me to get a really nice photo. Especially the fancy ducks, perhaps another trip may be in order. I hope you enjoyed this morning in nature with me, and may it bring a piece of serenity.

Fit to be tied

Fit to be tied

36 thoughts on “Project 365 / Day 52 – Scenes from Maryland’s Eastern Shore

    • Thank you so much Tricia ! I agree ! I was so thrilled with that photo. Even after my three days of stalking them at Conowingo Dam, I didn’t get the great detail in the white head & tail like I did in this one. He was definitely keeping an eye on me.

  1. I love them all, but especially the snow geese, I don’t think that I’ve ever seen one in person. I do remember watching a documentary about them in the late 1960’s or early 70’s, as they were nearly extinct. Your raptor shots make me jealous, I’ve posted photos of all three species recently, but I can not get shots that sharp from my equipment.

    • Thank you so much Jerry for your compliments on the raptor photos. Have to admit, practice and lots of it is helping. I usually have so many photos out of focus, or even with the bird not in the frame ! So I get bad shots too, I just don’t show them. 🙂
      The Snow Geese are amazing ! There is a place in PA where there are hundred of thousands of these visiting each late Feb/March. A field trip is due, and I’ll think of you while I’m there.

  2. Wonderful photos and really likes the snow geese one amazing that they can fly so close without accident – and then a “giraffe bird”, it never gets hot food is cold before it reaches the bird through the neck… 😉

  3. These are wonderful photos, Bella! Looks like you had a great day (and I get blown around, too, with my 500mm. Wind makes for some interesting photo adventures, doesn’t it?).

  4. Fantastic visual display of nature at her best. I simply love the blue heron – oh wow, with his hair flying in the breeze almost looks human. This series is fantastic photography!

    • Thank you so much Mary. I always look forward to your comments. Your artistic eye really helps me as a coach to truly see what is inside my photos and makes them good and also not so good. At this rate I may need to pay you an artist consulting fee. 😉

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