Northern Shoveler at Blackwater NWR.

I was undecided as to where to go yet again. I hate going places where there’s nothing to shoot, and I’m not crazy about driving long distances. Something to shoot won out, so I headed to Blackwater, which is about an hour and a half drive.

It wasn’t really great, but it was good enough.  There wasn’t the variety I’ve come to expect at this time of year, but a quick stop at Oakley Street made up for it. The locals feed the ducks there, and you can usually find a good variety of birds, fairly close to shore.

Lesser Scaup 2016-8

I haven’t seen many Scaup this year.

Bald Eagle 2016-130

Bald Eagle 2016-129

I saw fewer Bald Eagles than usual.


Downy Woodpecker 2016-16

I don’t often see Downy Woodpeckers at Blackwater.

Bufflehead 2016-31

A lone Bufflehead was feeding with the geese.

Great Blue Heron 2016-111

This Great Blue Heron was the first bird I saw.

Canvasback 2016-23

Many Canvasbacks were eagerly waiting for a meal.

Redhead 2016-11

Only a few Redheads were present.

Hooded Merganser 2016-15

Hooded Merganser 2016-14

Hooded Merganser 2016-13

The Hooded Mergansers were very skittish.

Mallard 2016-96

There are still more Mallards than any other type of duck.

Northern Shoveler 2016-14

There were only a few Northern Shovelers.

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