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.
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.
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.
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.
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.