One Glorious Winter’s Day, I Met a Seal – Day 17

Well there I was, photographing Sanderlings along the shore at Bank Street Beach.

When I spotted something ahead on the jetty that was definitely larger than a bird.


Although this gull who suddenly flew in, seemed determined to prove me wrong!  😉


I’d only ever seen seals down at the fish pier in Chatham, but I knew it was a Harbor Seal.


Yet because I had never seen one here at Bank Street, I wasn’t sure if he was simply enjoying the setting sunshine…


Or if there was something wrong with him.

So, I called Wild Care of Cape Cod, then IFAW, two of my favorite wildlife organizations here on the Cape.


IFAW asked me to take a few pics, if I could, and email them in when I got home to my computer.

Could I??

I tried to get different angles, different views, as he turned, this way and then that…


Several times, he appeared to be trying to snooze a bit.


Yet the whole time, he was very much aware of me.

Somehow, by his eyes and demeanor, I could tell he knew I was not a threat.

That I meant him no harm, which could not have been more true.


Little could he have known, I was a FAN!

And when he “waved” at me, well…


I was over the MOON!

The following day I was relieved to hear from IFAW that this appeared to be an individual that was doing well.

In fact, he’d been spotted again, in Hyannis, looking healthy.

Whew!

Once I knew that, I could relax, and enjoy the sheer Beauty of this amazing sea mammal who happened to cross my path.


One glorious winter’s day.  ❤

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Fishing for Magic, at the Side of the Road – Day 14

I could have SO easily gotten rear-ended, but I could not resist pulling over to the side of the road and leaning out the window for this cutie!


For your viewing pleasure, one of our glorious Lady Kingfishers of Red River!


And don’t you just LOVE the DOO??


Yes, I do.

And the magic that is so uniquely and noisily and charmingly… Kingfisher.   ❤

 

Sanderling Surprise – Day 11

It was an eventful walk this evening, to say the least!

The first surprise, was a HUGE flock of Sanderlings, scooting along the shore with the gulls.


Something was obviously washing in for dinner, and the Sanderlings were feeding voraciously.

By the sounds of their excited little peeps, I could tell they were having one heck of a good time!  😉


Such a glorious surprise on this chill sunny day, and more surprises to come!  😉

Crazy as a Loon – Day 10

I love the days when the ice is just starting to freeze in the harbor, especially right around sunset time.


Nobody in their right mind would be caught dead out there besides me.

Well, except maybe the loons.


I can usually hear them, long before I see them.

Out in open water, thrashing and splashing with something they’ve just caught from the deep below.

As soon as they surface with their catch, they are determined to crack it open before the gulls descend to snatch it away.


Turning it this way, then that I can hear them go at it, clack-clack-clack!


Diving beneath the surface whenever the shell slips away from them, they get a grip on it again in the icy waters below where they are so at home, so agile.


Managing it all with just a dagger-like bill, amazing balance and powerful legs – and no hands!


Finally, at long last, they free some juicy, fleshy crustacean from its shell and down it goes with one gulp!


Then, they take a drink, and do it all over again.

And there am I, crouching by the water, their enraptured audience; tugging at fingerless gloves every few shots as I shiver with the cold.

Yet smiling, the whole time.

Am I nuts to do this?

Well, maybe just crazy.

Crazy as a Loon.  😉


Bless the Beasts – Day 6

This morning I am remembering a happier time.

I am remembering one foggy morning this past Spring when I came upon a mother Black Duck and her new family.


And the only thing these ducklings knew back then was the love of their Mum…

How warm she kept them at night on the nest, how good things tasted as they learned to find them!


And today all I can hear in my head are the words of this song as I think of these little ones now, coming into harm’s way.

“Bless the beasts and the children;
Light their way when the darkness surrounds them;
Give them love, let it shine all around them.”


“Give them shelter from a storm…”


“Keep them safe, keep them warm.”

– Songwriters: Barry De Vorzon / Perry L Botkin

Dreaming today… of a better day for them all.


❤ ❤ ❤