Forster’s Tern at Bombay Hook, NWR.

I set out for Blackwater this morning, failed to pay attention and ended up in Bombay Hook. Oh, well, it worked out.

There weren’t as many wading birds, and birds in general were in short supply, but there were enough to keep me very busy for a while.

I got some good reflection shots, and the Forster’s Terns were very cooperative.

Someone must be feeding the Foxes, because 3 young ones approached me and seemed very tame.

We had rain yesterday morning, but I got to Quiet Waters for a while to experiment with my macro setup. I’ve been putting the Raynox 150 on the Nikkor 70-300, and I can get some really good results if I can mange the focus, which can be tricky as you’re so close.

American Copper 1

This is an American Copper Butterfly, a first for me.

Great Blue Heron 2017-79 Great Blue Heron 2017-78

Great Blue Heron 2017-80

This Great Blue Heron seemed to be studying his reflection.

Forster's Tern 2017-49 Forster's Tern 2017-48 Forster's Tern 2017-47 Forster's Tern 2017-46 Forster's Tern 2017-45 Forster's Tern 2017-44 Forster's Tern 2017-43 Forster's Tern 2017-42 Forster's Tern 2017-41

Forster's Tern 2017-50

Several Forster’s Terns were fishing and feeding young.

Great Egret 2017-94

Great Egret 2017-95

I saw the possibilities in this pair of Great Egrets, and it turned out well.

Red Winged Blackbird 2017-101

Red Winged Blackbirds are everywhere in the marsh.

Common Yellowthroat 2017-5

Common Yellowthroat 2017-6

I spotted this Common Yellowthroat and was lucky to get close enough for a decent image.

Black Crowned Night Heron 2017-

Black Crowned Night Herons seem to always be in the same area (Bear Swamp Pool).

Eastern Kingbird 2017-24

Several Eastern Kingbirds were flycatching in the marsh.

Bald Eagle 2017-147

Bald Eagle 2017-148

These Bald Eagle seemed content to observe the passing cars.

Laughing Gull 2017-6

I found this Laughing Gull at dawn.

Goldfinch 2017-12

Many Goldfinches were foraging along the roadside.

Killdeer 2017-11

There were more Killdeer than usual.

Butterfly 62 Insect 796 Katydid 14 Insect 795 Caterpillar 227 Tussock Moth Nymph 8 Insect 794 Skipper 52 Skipper 51 Dragonfly 110 Dragonfly 109 Dragonfly 108 Butterfly 61 Skipper 50 Insect 793 Dragonfly 107 Dragonfly 106 Dragonfly 105 Dragonfly 104 Dragonfly 103 Butterfly 60

Monarch 50

Yesterday’s bugs.

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