Two Stunning Views: Race Point Light and a Sleepy Lady Eider – Day 83

My focus of this past week’s trip to PTown was, indeed, the BIRDS!

But I also got to see some truly beautiful spots, with great views.

Like the view of Race Point Lighthouse from Herring Cove Beach, something I had never seen before awaaay across the water.


The air smelled SO good out there on the water, and the sea looked so blue-blue.

Last night I posted a photo of a stunning Eider drake at MacMillan Wharf.

And here, tonight, is one of the Lady Eiders I met there, too.


She was especially kind to give me a really close look at her gorgeous feathers, so many different layers of black, white and rich reddish-brown.

I thought she looked a bit on the sleepy side, almost as if the sea was gently rocking her to sleep.

It made me wish I could join her…  😉


Can you see now, why I believe that the Ladies are every bit as gorgeous as the Gents??  ❤

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Eider Drake of PTown, Man of Mystery – Day 82

A special moment shared with a very special Eider drake… on a recent trip to MacMillan Wharf in PTown.

I could have stayed there all day, but was on a time crunch.

I had other images that showed this charming fellow’s eye more clearly, but I loved this one for that “air of mystery”…


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.  😉

Stage Harbor Sunset, Written on my Heart – Day 62 (Bonus)

How do I describe the magic of a sunset at Stage Harbor in Chatham?


The sounds of the boats coming in for the night…


And those that are just going out.


I don’t think I have the words to describe the kind of intense beauty that unfolds right in front of you…


And above you…


As you stand there, in the quiet.


Each time, is so different from the last; the colors, the sounds, the smells of the sea are ever changing, always moving.


I especially love the voices of the birds…


Talking to each other as the day comes to a close…


As they prepare for darkness and quiet to come; dreaming of the new day ahead.


And as I turn to go, each and every time it’s an effort to pull away, to return to my world that seems to far removed from this one of water, sand and sky.


And yet…

I take it all with me.

Until the next time.


Eider Amusement – Day 3

One of my constant companions during the winter months here on the Cape, there’s so much to love about Eiders.

Such color variety, feeding animation and whimsy against a cold, still backdrop of wintry skies and seas.


Right here, right in front of me, whenever I want to drop by for a visit. ❤