Eider Dive – Day 84

One of the most fascinating things to me about the diving ducks…

Is the different ways they dive; each one so different.

This, is an Eider Dive.


So powerful, so elegant, they barely make a sound.

I could watch them for hours.  ❤

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It was Ladies’ Day in the Sun – Day 79

I know everyone always gets totally bedazzled when they see the male Red-breasted Mergansers.

And they are, indeed, handsome devils.


But.

The other day at the Chatham Fish Pier, it was all about the LADIES!


Sailing along on the choppy sea, they were coiffed to perfection.


And dive after dive, their feathers held up, beautifully.


I think they appreciated my oooh’s and my aahhhh’s, as they so often feel overshadowed by their handsome male counterparts.

And as I walked away I couldn’t help wondering what kind of gel they used, the hold in all that wind and chop — was simply AMAZING!  😉


You GO girls! 

Feather Story – Day 72

And now for something truly different.

When I was at the Pier in Chatham, I noticed something floating on top of the blue, blue water where I was photographing the loveliest female Red-breasted Merganser who was diving for her dinner.

Upon closer look, I saw that it was a feather!


A single white feather…

Floating in and out of the shadows, rolling along with the waves.


And who did it once belong to??

Perhaps the diving merganser?

Perhaps an Eider.

Yet all I could think was, there’s a story here


A Post without Birds – Day 70 (Makeup)

Sometimes I wonder if I share too many posts about birds.

So here’s my attempt at a “nonbird photo session” from a recent visit to the Chatham Fish pier.

Looking out from the Pier, the water was smooth like glass.


In the distance you could see the eiders, slowly making their way in as the day was drawing to a close.

I love buoys, and lucky for me the harbor is full of them in Chatham, all different sizes and colors!


Doesn’t that beautiful male White-winged Scoter make such a beautiful contrast to the orange of that buoy?

I also noticed that a truck was in from Red’s Best, a fish market/restaurant from Boston – it looks like someone has good taste when it comes to fresh fish!  😉


And isn’t that a cormorant on their logo?

There’s quite a bit of construction going on right now at the pier, with the brand spanking new observation deck due by June.


And can you tell who’s in charge of that particular project?!

Sometimes I think I’d like to take a stroll up the beach from the pier sometime, although I am guessing that sign up ahead probably says something about “CBI Guests Only”.


Say, do you think someone forgot to warn the gulls that they’re trespassing?

Myohmy, it sure was beautiful looking out toward Tern Island, where we’ll be seeing a lot of Oystercatcher families coming along again this year.


And it looks to me like the gulls are making their plans already for stealing as many oysters from those bright red bills as possible this summer!

This Lady Eider was clearly not impressed with their schemes.


Well looking back now on this post, it looks like I pretty much failed miserably in my attempt at a “nonbird” post.

As you can see, this gull could not for the life of him figure out why anyone would want to photograph anything but bird, birds, BIRDS!!!


He’s got a point there.  😉