Caspian Tern at Terrapin Nature Park.

Sunrise at Sandy Point was good enough, but I really wanted more color.

Terrapin was sort of slow, but I got fairly close to the Terns. I didn’t have enough shutter speed for this fast little guy, but I’ll know better next time.

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Sandy Point 257

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Barn Swallow 2016-28

There are still a few Barn Swallows at CBEC.

Ring Billed Gull 2016-6

Ring Billed Gulls can be very noisy.

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This Snowy Egret is a photo from last year I re-edited.

Red Winged Blackbird 2016-53

I can’t tell what insect this Red Winged Blackbird has caught.

Great Blue Heron 2016-56

This Great Blue Heron wasn’t having much fishing luck.

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It was fun to watch this Caspian Tern fishing expertly.

Green Heron at Terrapin Nature Park.

I got out briefly yesterday and visited Governor Bridge, which was almost barren of birds. I haven’t had a good day there this Summer.

Sandy Point was kind of dull this morning, and Terrapin wasn’t a whole lot better, but there were a few good birds.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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Snowy Egrets are gathering in small groups.

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A single Great Egret fished with the Snowys for a while.

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This Green Heron landed right in front of me.

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Monarchs and Swallowtails are easier to find now.

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Hummingbird Clearwing 16

Hummingbird Clearwings tend to be abundant in the Summer.

 

Green Heron at Terrapin Nature Park.

The Sandy Point sunrise was quite good this morning. Partly cloudy days seem to be the best. I looked yesterday and the clouds went right to the horizon, with no sun to be seen at all.

Terrapin remains a bit ¬†slow, with plenty of Egrets and not much else. A distant¬†Bald Eagle was a treat, but I didn’t see much else.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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This female Red Winged Blackbird was very active and noisy.

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This Great Blue Heron wasn’t having much luck.

Common Tern 2016-12

 

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Two Common Terns were fishing in the marsh pond.

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There were about 12 Snowy Egrets foraging in the pond.

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Two Green Herons were looking for breakfast.

 

 

Black Crowned Night Heron at Terrapin Nature Park.

After another so-so sunrise at Sandy Point, I went to Terrapin, which was a little livelier. No Sandpipers yet, but it won’t be long.

CBEC was slower than usual, which was just as well, as it got hot and humid early.

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Sandy Point 248

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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Ring Billed Gulls are startin to show up at Terrapin.

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I found several Green Herons at CBEC.

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Another Snowy Egret kind of day.

 

Black Crowned Night Heron 2016-10

Great Egret 2016-15

Great Egrets should be with us through the Summer.

Black Crowned Night Heron 2016-9

My guess is that we don’t often see a Great Egret and a Black Crowned Night Heron together.

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The Black Crowned Night Heron was much closer today.

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The friendly CBEC Fox.

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Diamondback Terrapins seem to like the CBEC area.

Bullfrog at Terrapin Nature Park.

The Sandy Point sunrise was better than usual-nice colors.

I went to Terrapin for a while, and it got hot quickly. I stayed long enough to see 10 Snowy Egrets, but there wasn’t much else. I’ve often wondered how the heat affects birds.

I don’t see many frogs, so I got a nice surprise as I was leaving.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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This Red Winged Blackbird was chattering loudly.

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It was the day of the Snowy Egret .

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I watched this Great Blue Heron fish for a while, but he wasn’t having much luck.

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Bullfrogs usually spook easily, but this one waited for me.

 

Solitary Sandpiper at Terrapin Nature Park.

Yesterday was so bad I didn’t post even the few images I got. Today was much better. I read somewhere that wildlife photography is the most difficult, and I can see why. You have virtually no control over the subject, and good images can be hard to come by.

The sunrise wasn’t much, but wading birds are showing up in better numbers now, and I expect the rest of the Summer to be decent.

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The Marsh Pond at Terrapin.

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Snowy Egrets are showing up in good numbers now.

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Two Common Terns were fishing in the pond.

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I like the light and the surroundings on this Red Winged Blackbird.

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Ospreys don’t seem to fish in the marsh pond as much as they used to.

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This Black Crowned Night Heron moved a little closer this morning.

Solitary Sandpiper 2016-1

I haven’t seen a Solitary Sandpiper since last year.

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Dragonflys are prolific near the water.

Common Tern at Terrapin Nature Park.

I started at Sandy Point again, and got a so-so sunrise. There were a few egrets around, but not much else, so I headed to Terrapin, as usual. Things are definitely picking up there, and I expect it will be a hot spot soon. I was pleased to see the Black Crowned Night Heron again.

CBEC was rife with biting insects, and not as many birds as usual, but the tame Fox showed up in the parking lot again.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Great Blue Heron 2016-48

I spooked this Great Blue Heron when I arrived at Terrapin.

Black Crowned Night Heron 2016-3

This Black Crowned Night Heron was in the same spot as last time.

 

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Snowy Egrets should be plentiful until Fall.

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This Great Egret posed at CBEC.

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This Killdeer was foraging on the road into CBEC. I took these shots from the car.

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There’s plenty of Green Herons around, but they spook easily.

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Common Tern 2016-4

Common Terns are just starting to show up.

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I still don’t know why this Fox poses so willingly.

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I don’t often get this good a look at a Snapping Turtle.

 

Great Egret at Terrapin Nature Park.

The Sandy Point sunrise was good enough this morning. The weatherman had promised high heat and humidity, so I planned a short morning at Terrapin.

The wading birds are showing up in numbers now, and I even saw a couple of Least Sandpipers, ‘though they didn’t pose for me.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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5 Snowy Egrets were feeding in the same area as yesterday.

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This Great Blue Heron has been finding a lot of snakes.

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This Red Winged Blackbird seemed to be surveying the area.

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5 Snowy Egrets were joined by a Great Egret.

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Yet another egg laying turtle.

 

 

Snowy Egrets at Terrapin Nature Park.

It’s been a quiet week… Seriously hot and humid here, and damn few birds wandering in front of my lens. I’ve managed to get out, but it doesn’t take much of this weather to make me long for the A/C at home.

This is always the slowest time of year, but I’ll soldier on ’til things improve.

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Marsh Pond 20

The Marsh Pond at Terrapin.

Mockingbird 2016-11

This seems to be a juvenile Mockingbird.

 

Red Winged Blackbird 2016-46

A Red Winged Blackbird in flight.

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Still plenty of Wood Ducks at Artemesia.

Red Winged Blackbird 2016-45

There’s never a shortage of Red Winged Blackbirds.

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Several Cattle Egrets were following the mower at Terrapin.

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I wondered if this Snapping Turtle would interact with the Snowy Egret.

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I found 9 Snowy Egrets at Terrapin.

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Diamondback Terrapins are still laying eggs.

 

Red Fox at Chesapeake Bay Environmental center.

I found a decent sunrise at Sandy point this morning, but not much in the way of birds.

Neither Terrapin nor CBEC was much better, with few birds and most of those too distant for good pics.

Tomorrow is another day.

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There was a nice sky this morning at Sandy Point.

Red Winged Blackbird 2016-44

You can always shoot a Red Winged Blackbird when all else is failing.

Great Blue Heron 2016-38

I spooked this Great Blue Heron when I tried to get a little closer.

Osprey 2016-76

Two Ospreys were hanging out but not doing much.

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My first decent Dragonfly of the year.

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This is probably the same, nearly tame, Fox I saw a week ago.