Category Archives: Birds

LBB

Feeding stations in winter, especially in deep snow and extreme cold, bring out a large variety of birds.  This delights many photographers who find close targets to shoot.  Many LLBs (little brown birds) show up and, despite my best attempts using bird identification guides, I sometimes can’t come up with an identification that I’m completely confident in.  So I enjoy the image of this unidentified bird for the beauty of the scene.   

Also posted in Winter 2018

Brrrrrrrr!!

We are experiencing solid cold weather here on the Delaware coast right now, and while I shiver from being outside for a few minutes the wildlife that spends their winter here tough it out no matter what the temperature.  Some species thrive on the cold but I have to think that this Great Blue Heron, photographed a couple of years ago just off of New Road in Lewes, would much prefer temps in the 40s or 50s rather than in the teens.  But then again it has the option of taking to wing and going farther south if it prefers.

Also posted in Herons, Winter 2018

White Throated Blur

The quickness that a bird uses to take flight when startled is evident by this White Throated Sparrow as it launches to safety from an imagined menace.  

Also posted in Fall 2017

White Throated Sparrow

This little guy was happy for some birdseed on the ground under the feeder following our early season snowfall this weekend.  

Also posted in Fall 2017

Dependencies

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Most people living in an area with a cold winter depend on spring to return and with it so many enjoyable things that spring and warm weather bring.  The return of multitudes of shore and wading birds that populate our shallow coastal areas is something I look forward to each year.  I love to watch them and photography gives me a little bit more of a push to get out in nature. It also teaches me patience in waiting for ‘good action’.  One could say I depend on this to make my life a little more complete.  The birds of course depend upon a healthy environment and a plentiful supply of food to make their summer nesting season successful.  So many dependencies and so many great things to photograph on the Delaware coast.

Also posted in Egrets, Shorebirds, Spring 2016, Wildlife

Sunrise, Slaughter Beach

The air was thick with humidity this morning along the Delaware Bay.  The sun poked through low hanging clouds at sunrise and framed the morning flight of gulls and shorebirds at Slaughter Beach.

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Also posted in Beach, Spring 2015, Sunrises and Sunsets

Snowy Exit

This Snowy Egret takes flight recently at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

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Also posted in Egrets, Spring 2015

Egret Two Step

These two Great Egrets are seemingly instep as they hunt for breakfast. The tide had dropped and the strong breeze had exposed a tidal flat, stranding minnows on the dry surface which made for easy shopping for the egrets.

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Also posted in Egrets, Spring 2015, Wildlife

Skimmer Launch

I found dozens of Black Skimmers roosting on a sand bar this morning, and waited long enough for them to take flight which they did in unison as a group.

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Also posted in Skimmers, Spring 2015

Sunrise Stilt

This solitary Black-necked Stilt was an early bird hunting in the reflection of sunrise at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

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Also posted in Shorebirds, Spring 2015