Whimbrel

Well, here is another bird I had never heard of before this summer! What a beautiful bill!! This is another photo taken from the boat and I did not know at the time what exactly this bird was. The whimbrel is a shorebird that’s larger than most, at 17″/43 cm. Notice how the bill curvesContinue reading “Whimbrel”

American Oystercatcher

This season has been shorebird heaven for me! While visiting Cape May, NJ, my friends and I took a boat ride to explore what shorebirds might be there. Whoa! Were there shorebirds!! There were many American oystercatchers like the one above. They were walking along during low tide, poking their bills into the sand, foragingContinue reading “American Oystercatcher”

Take a Tern!

September has taken a tern for the better for me any my travel buddies! We just got back from a long weekend on Cape May, NJ after hearing that it is a great place to spot migrating birds. No kidding! I haven’t even gone through all the photos taken on this trip. Hopefully you willContinue reading “Take a Tern!”

Think Blue

As I’ve said before, I love blue heron as a new birder & photographer! They are big. They are beautiful. They don’t usually move very fast. They are a dream for practicing bird photography with! In fact, earlier the same morning this photo was taken, I got what I thought would be fantastic shots. IContinue reading “Think Blue”

Think Green

Thinking green today–green heron! Prior to May, I had never heard of a green heron. Now, I am quite taken with them! They are pretty plentiful around lakes and marshy areas. We spotted this beauty in a swampy area beside the C&O Canal Towpath at Great Falls Park, Maryland side (The Potomac River runs betweenContinue reading “Think Green”

My Mother’s Legacy

The above photo was taken by my mom, whom I lost to breast cancer eight years ago today. She was an artistic person who loved all animals and nature. When she retired and moved from Virginia to Maine, she began taking photos of what she saw, whether it was the lupines in her yard, aContinue reading “My Mother’s Legacy”

Strut Your Stuff

As a birding newbie & very beginner bird photographer, great blue heron (GBH) are a lot of fun to watch and photograph. They are large, easy to find, exotic looking, and can put on quite a good show! Some rules have been broken here… If you want to be a good bird photographer, you don’tContinue reading “Strut Your Stuff”

From the Bridge (part two)

Continuing with the baby series, although now we are really getting into juvenile birds. These birds are on their own, but not quite fully with their adult plumage. Last time, I highlighted a juvenile black capped night heron we spotted from a bridge that crosses a marshy part of a lake. At the same time,Continue reading “From the Bridge (part two)”

Bring the Camera Every Time!

When I started to do a series of “baby” posts, I didn’t know how many baby bird photos I had taken and would take! Last week, my walking/hiking/birding buddies and I were on an EXERCISE walk, NOT a birding walk. Recently, I decided to carry my camera on EVERY walk & hike, not just birdingContinue reading “Bring the Camera Every Time!”

What the Hawk?!?

Continuing with my baby bird series… Last year, I noticed a hawk family had taken up residence in the woods behind my home. I wasn’t “into” birding at that time, but was certainly interested in this new development. The impact they would have on my feeder birds was of concern as well. At that time,Continue reading “What the Hawk?!?”