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.


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Great Egrets should be with us through the Summer.

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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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Sandy Point 247

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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Red Winged Blackbird 2016-49

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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Sandy Point 242

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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

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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 Terns are just starting to show up.

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Fox 58

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

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Snapping Turtle 13

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.

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This seems to be a juvenile Mockingbird.


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A Red Winged Blackbird in flight.

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Still plenty of Wood Ducks at Artemesia.

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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.

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

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

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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.

Black Crowned Night Heron at Terrapin Nature Park.

I went back to the Eastern Shore this morning, in hopes of finding some wading birds, and had a little luck. Previous year’s photos suggest they start appearing about this time, and it appears to be so.

The BC Night Heron is the first record for this bird at Terrapin!

CBEC was a little slow, but I’m  going back soon, and I’ll bet things improve rapidly.

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This Great Egret was the only wading bird at CBEC.

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This Orchard Oriole was also at CBEC.

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A flock of 8 Snowy Egrets flew over at Terrapin.

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This Red Winged Blackbird is a female.

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I found three Green Herons at CBEC.

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I didn’t realize this Great Blue Heron had caught a snake until I uploaded the image.

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Belted Kingfishers have been very scarce this year.

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It was still a little dark when I found this Black Crowned Night Heron.

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This Turtle was crossing the path at Terrapin.


Great Egret at Lake Artemesia.

It’s been a very slow few days. I’ve managed to get out each day, but lousy weather and a lack of birds  didn’t give me much to post.  I tried Artemesia today, and ran into Graeme. We circled the area for a few hours and didn’t really do all that well, but I’m posting what I’ve found lately.

I expect things to pick up very soon.

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Views of Lake Artemesia.


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It wasn’t easy to catch up to this Eastern Kingbird.

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This Cardinal was singing loudly.

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This Catbird was at Schoolhouse Pond yesterday.

Red Eyed Vireo 2016-4

I’ve seen fewer Red Eyed Vireos than in previous years.

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This Great Blue Heron was at Governor Bridge.

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A not very good Blue Jay.

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This Chickadee was foraging right in front of us.

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I don’t recall getting a Mockingbird in flight before.

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These Great Crested Flycatchers were having a dispute of some kind.

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I found this Red Winged Blackbird at Terrapin.

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The first Great Egret of the year at Artemesia.

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This Snapping Turtle was at Schoolhouse Pond yesterday.

Indigo Bunting at Greenbury Point.

Heat and humidity are making for short days lately. It’s hard to find birds at all, and I’m too old to cope with 90% humidity like I did in Vietnam, nearly 50 years ago.

I was out for about two hours  yesterday and again today, but nothing exciting turned up. Even the bugs seem to be hiding from the heat.

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Red Winged Blackbirds were all I could photograph yesterday.

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Yellow Breasted Chats are numerous at Greenbury.

Indigo Bunting 2016-11

You can always count on an Indigo Bunting at Greenbury.

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This Blue Jay flew by at Terrapin yesterday.

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Great Crested Flycatchers nest at Greenbury.

Feather 2016-1

I find individual feathers intriguing.

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Today’s bugs.

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One of the larger Snails I’ve seen.

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This may be a young Green Tree Frog.