Northern Pintail at Backwater NWR.

I left early to get to Blackwater in time for sunrise, which wasn’t very interesting. I did get a few more shots at the dock on Key Wallace Drive, though.

It was a Bald Eagle kind of day. There were plenty of them, and they seemed less shy than usual, allowing me to get quite close a few times.

A few ducks have started to arrive, but the egrets and herons are far fewer.

Dock 9

The dock at Key Wallace Drive.

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Bald Eagle 2017-185

I’m not sure what got these Eagles so excited.

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Great Blue Heron 2017-120

Several Great Blue Herons were fishing in the marsh.

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There are always a few Double Crested Cormorants hanging around the dock.

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There’s a nice balance in this photo of a Double Crested Cormorant.

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Northern Pintail 2017-42

The first Northern Pintails I’ve seen at Blackwater this year.

 

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