Red Throated Loon at Thomas Point

Awesome sunrise at Sandy Point this morning. I was kicking myself because I left a little late and missed some of the really spectacular light.

Quiet Waters was quiet indeed. I left after 45 minutes and went to Thomas Point, which had too many fishermen. There were a few ducks and swans, however, so things are looking up.

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Sandy Point 137

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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Looking East from Thomas Point.

Great Blue Heron 363

Great Blue Heron 364

This Great Blue Heron was fishing near the exit to Thomas Point.


Herring Gull 15

This Herring Gull was cruising at Thomas Point.

Belted Kingfisher 125

I watched this Belted Kingfisher for 20 minutes before he flew.

Red Throated Loon 5

Red Throated Loon. Not a great shot, but a cool bird. I wonder of it’s the same one I saw last week?

Bald Eagle at Terrapin Nature Park

After a decent sunrise at Sandy Point, I headed to Terrapin, where a couple of Bald Eagles and a gull posed well enough.

I tried CBEC again, but didn’t get a single usable image, even though some distant birds looked promising.

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Sandy Point 136

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Mallard 183

Mallard 182

This Mallard pair flew by just close enough for an acceptable image.

Ring Billed Gull 99

Ring Billed Gull 103

Ring Billed Gull 100

Ring Billed Gull 101

Ring Billed Gull 104

Ring Billed Gull 102

This is a nice series of a Ring Billed Gull fishing, a sight I don’t often see.

Black Backed Seagull 32

This Black Backed Seagull was right in front of me as I was photographing the sunrise.

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Bald Eagle 442

Two Bald Eagles flew over in quick succession.


White Throated Sparrow at Greenbury Point

The Sandy Point sunrise was very nice this morning. I headed for Quiet Waters next, only to find they were closed, despite the hours posted on their website.

OK, so Possum Point is always open, but there was nothing of interest on the water. I did find a few birds behind the nursery center, but nothing really interesting.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Sandy Point 128

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

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Wikipedia:”High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a technique used in imaging and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than is possible with standard digital imaging or photographic techniques.”

Song Sparrow 148

Song Sparrows will be easy to find all Winter.

Double Crested Cormorant 139

This Double Crested Cormorant flew overhead at Possum Point.

White Throated Sparrow 216

White Throated Sparrows are among the last to leave in the Spring.



Northern Harrier at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

Sandy Point provided a great sunrise this morning, and decent weather as well.

I stopped at Terrapin for a while without seeing much, then Kent Narrows, which had no birds at all.

CBEC was much better, with distant Ruddy Ducks and Tundra Swans, and a few birds who ventured closer.

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Sandy Point 121

Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Bald Eagle 440

Two Bald Eagles were hunting in the marsh.

Ring Billed Gull 98

This Ring Billed Gull looks good against the blue sky.

Great Blue Heron 362

This Great Blue Heron was the only shot I got at Terrapin.

Northern Harrier 201

Northern Harrier 200

This female Northern Harrier cruised the entire length length of the marsh.


Hooded Merganser at Quiet Waters Park

Back to Possum Point for the sunrise, which wasn’t much to look at.

I hung around for  while, but there was virtually no action. I spent a half hour at the Nursery Center without seeing much, then headed to Quiet Waters.

I found the hoodies right away, hanging out with some Mallards, but after they flew there wasn’t much at all, except a lone kingfisher. Still, a good sign;the ducks are coming!

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Sunrise at Possum Point.

Belted Kingfisher 124

This Belted Kingfisher flew by just once.

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Hooded Merganser 143

Hooded Mergansers are among the most attractive ducks.


Pileated Woodpecker at Quiet Waters Park

I met Graeme early and we went to Sandy Point for sunrise and gulls. The sunrise went well, but no unusual gulls were found. We did find a couple of victims of environmental pollution, however. Why haven’t we banned plastic bags?

A quick stop at Quiet Waters turned up the Pileated, but Thomas Point didn’t have much to offer except some distant ducks and swans.

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Graeme and I and the sunrise.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Double Crested Cormorant 138

This Double Crested Cormorant is from yesterday at Possum Point.

Black Backed Seagull 31

This young Black Backed Seagull is tangled in some fishing line and has big problems. We notified the rangers about both these birds.

Black Vulture 103

This Black Vulture has both feet tangled in a plastic bag. He could fly, but was greatly hampered.

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Pileated Woodpecker 111

We were actually searching for these birds, who turned up as I predicted. I’m not usually so lucky.

Pileated Woodpecker 112

This the first time I’ve seen a Pileated Woodpecker’s tongue.


Bald Eagle at Possum Point

The sunrise at Possum Point was better than usual, and the Bald Eagles were closer. I was actually able to see them fishing in the distance after they flew over.

I spent some time at Greenbury Point, which was mildly productive, then I went to Jonas Green, which remains barren. The weather was perfect.

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Sunrise at Possum Point.

House Finch 104

I found this House Finch in the same place as before.

White Throated Sparrow 215

White Throated Sparrows are well established now.

Chickadee 227

Another take on the Chickadee I found yesterday.

Franklin's Gull 2

The bird in front is a Franklin’s Gull, which is rare in our area. The rear bird is a Laughing Gull.

Double Crested Cormorant 137

This Double Crested Cormorant flew right over my head at Jonas Green

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Franklin’s Gull.

Bald Eagle 438

The light wasn’t very good, but I got close to this Bald Eagle.

Black Duck at Terrapin Nature Park

Sandy Point for sunrise, then Terrapin for a change. I also stopped at Kent Narrows, but nothing’s there yet.

I found a few birds at Terrapin, but everything seems to be late this year, which I attribute to the very warm weather.

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Sunrise at Sandy Point.

Cedar Waxwing 207

A large flock of Cedar Waxwings was hanging out in the parking lot.

Ruby Crowned Kinglet 211

This Ruby Crowned Kinglet seems to staying a little late.

Yellow Rumped Warbler 219

A small flock of Yellow Rumped Warblers was feeding near the pond.

Song Sparrow 147

I should be seeing more Song Sparrows.

Chickadee 226

I watched this Carolina Chickadee for several minutes as he ate the seeds from pine cones.

Black Vulture 102

I couldn’t pass up this Turkey Vulture.

Black Duck 103

This Black Duck was a mild surprise.



White Throated Sparrow at Possum Point

I had intended to go to Sandy Point this morning, but I got a late start and went to Possum Point instead. I can get a good look at the sky when I cross the Severn River, and it looked pretty good, hence the change.

Still no ducks, but the eagles gave me a better look and some small birds are starting to show.

A short stop at Quiet Waters didn’t produce much.

Bay Bridge 116

Chesapeake Bay Bridge at dawn.

Possum Point 105

Possum Point 104

Sunrise at Possum Point.

Canada Goose 124

Canada Geese are starting to show up in large numbers.

Red  Shouldered Hawk 103

I just barely caught this Red Shouldered Hawk as he fled the area.

Great Blue Heron 360

This Great Blue Heron was fishing in the marina.

Black Backed Seagull 29

Greater Black Backed Seagull, the world’s largest gull.

Great Blue Heron 359

Another Great Blue Heron silhouette.

Goldfinch 229

There are many Goldfinches at Possum point.

House Finch 103

I haven’t seen a House Finch in a while.

Mallard 181

Mallards are abundant right now.

Red Tailed Hawk 110

This Red Tailed Hawk was soaring above Quiet Waters Park.

Mallard 180

Mallards often display like this.

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Bald Eagle 435

Bald Eagle coming in for a landing.

White Throated Sparrow 214

White Throated Sparrows are becoming more abundant.