A Girl with a Story – Day 33

Believe you me…

This Eider Girl I met the other day, paddling about at Wychmere Harbor, has a story to tell.

Coming soon!  😉

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In the Cold, Cold Quiet of a January Night – Day 31

Sometimes

It’s just nice

To simply let the Beauty of what’s before you…


Say it all.

Keep warm everybody!  ❤

Long-tailed Ducks Love the Chop at Bank Street Beach – Day 20

I was walking Bank Street Beach the other afternoon, photographing gulls.

It was really windy, the seascape full of chop, and it wasn’t one bit easy holding the camera steady.

Just then I noticed something out in the water that I’d never seen before.


A tiny little head, swimming among the eiders and gulls.


And when I saw it pop up again, between the choppy waves, I couldn’t believe my eyes!


What was that?

Three long, long tail feathers, a real short bill with a pink ring, white-gray-black feathers, and black “smudges” on the side of the head that almost looked like ears.

Was this a bird, or a dog?!  😉


I later found out that it was a Long-tailed Duck…


And he wasn’t alone!


Long-taileds breed in the far Arctic regions, wintering here on the East Coast and on the West Coast as well.

And lucky for me, unlike most ducks the Long-taileds sport their striking plumage during nonbreeding season.

I sure would’ve hated to miss those tail feathers, they were outa’ this world!


I thought I counted three ducks in all, and they were busy as beavers; flying to and fro abruptly, then diving under the waves with great splashes.


When I turned to leave, I thanked them for visiting with me and becoming my newest “new life bird”.

Shaky camera and all, they took my breath away!   😉


Greater Scaup Meditation – Day 26 (Part II)

The sundown moments I had with this (my very first) Greater Scaup this past week were some of the most special of my short time photographing wildlife.


There are no words to describe what it feels like to be crouching down…


Waiting for a bird to relax, as I relax.

It’s almost a meditation, requiring focus, patience — and good knees!  😉


This beautiful Lady rewarded me.


And then some.


Moon Sets over Herring Gull at Wychmere – Day 25

Well, it looked like I wasn’t the ONLY one who saw the moonrise this morning at Wychmere.


I pulled in, hoping to spot an Eider if I was lucky, or maybe a Red-breasted Merganzer who’d made it thru’ the wind storm overnight.

But I got even luckier when I saw this beautiful Herring Gull, standing at her post as the moon set just overhead.


Such a gorgeous moon it was, waning from the full Wolf Moon this past week that was too overcast for us all to see.


And this gull seemed to be taking in the full beauty of the moment.


Perhaps pondering the day that lay before her…


And feeling a certain sense of hopefulness and calm

As she sallied forth, with the moon on her shoulder.  😉


 

My First Greater Scaup – Day 24

Well I met my first Greater Scaup the other evening.

Even in the lowest of sunset lights in the harbor, she was as lovely a Lady as I’d ever want to meet!


Her partner flew in to join her, well after darkness had fallen.

Hopefully, if the sun ever returns to us, I’ll visit with them both again and be able to do their beauty justice.

More images of Lady Scaup to come!  ❤