Friday, May 6, 2011

Birding the Edwin Forsythe NWR

For Camera Critters I have some more birds seen at the Edwin Forysthe wildlife refuge. We saw a lot of great birds along the 8 mile wildlife drive. These are a few that were seen at the end of our visit. In the water next to the road we happened to see these four Snowy Egrets and along side of them some Cormorants were diving and on a sign post we noticed the Osprey.
It almost seemed like the Cormorants were following the Snowy Egrets. The Egrets even moved to the other side of the water and the Cormorants followed. We stopped and watched this scene and these birds for awhile. All these photos were taken out the window and from the comfort of our car.

Below are the Snowy Egrets and the Osprey on the sign post. The Cormorants are there but they must have dived.



And here is a closer look of the Osprey on the post. Yum, it must be lunch time.
Next are the Snowy Egrets and a couple of Canada Geese. If you look closely you can see the Snowy Egrets have yellow feet.

Here is one of the Cormorants surfacing next to the Snowy Egrets
In the field beyond the Egrets and Cormorants are a couple of Willets having some fun.


I think the wings on the Willets are very pretty. Don't you?

And here are the four Snowy Egrets and the Cormorants in the water closer to the road. I think the Egrets wanted a fishing spot all to themselves and the Cormorants were still tagging along.


So this is my critter post and I hope you enjoyed my birds of the Edwin Forsythe wildlife refuge. I can not believe how fast these weekends are rolling around, I hope everyone has a great weekend and to all a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!  To see more cute critters please visit Misty Dawn's Camera Critters.  Thanks to Misty for hosting the Camera Critters meme and thank you for stopping by to see my post.

25 comments:

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Wow, these are great shots and those egrets are so beautiful and elegant looking. Great post.

texwisgirl said...

love those pesky cormorants tagging along - like little brothers and sisters do...

great willet shots too!

rainfield61 said...

One of the playful Willets looks like an eagle, and luckily it is not.

diane b said...

They are great shots of all the birds.The Willets wings are very pretty, like a butterfly.

Bob Bushell said...

What a good time you've had, beautiful Osprey among them all.

Frank said...

Hi Eileen. Thanks for bringing back some glorious memories of my visit to Brigantine way back in Sept 2003.

Dimple said...

Maybe the cormorants were playing the mirror game with the egrets...

Nice shots!

AL said...

Wow Eileen, those are nice bird photos! Just look at them they don't have to pose for a pic...they're candid.

Elaine said...

That looks like a wonderful drive! Funny to see the cormorants folling the egrets around. They obviously like letting someone else do a bit of their work.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful captures Eileen, happy mother's day!

Amila Kanchana said...

It feels great to get a taste of paradise through your post,Eleen!

ladyfi said...

Such amazingly lovely shots. You're right - those wings are beautiful!

Shelley Munro said...

Thanks for sharing. I liked the osprey shot.

Ann said...

1 2 3 4 , not those snowy egrets again, they are always coming to our fishing spot.

Marie said...

What a wonderful place to visit and what an amazing variety of bird life. I'm rather fond of the much maligned cormorants and always smile when I see their little periscope heads bob up in the water. And I'm impressed that you captured an osprey eating. I've seen them grab a fish and fly off, but never seen one eating their catch.

Willard said...

An amazing variety of birds--looks like a great place to visit, and I enjoyed your photos very much.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Before moving to Tennessee two years ago, I lived on the coast in CA and saw many Cormorants and other shorebirds. You have taken great pictures. I am so glad to see a close-up picture of an Osprey that is not in flight. I have only seen these bird in the air. Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

NatureFootstep said...

cormorants really look awkward in the water, don´t they?

I love that shot of the osprey. :)

Becca said...

I just love Canadian Geese. They are so pretty!

eden said...

Great captures of the beautiful birds. Love all your photos.

Martha Z said...

Great birding shots, I especially like the osprey at its meal.

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

Nice series...love the osprey

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

You got great birding pictures, and all from the comfort of your car!

caite said...

I live about 30 minutes from Forsythe and love to drive through there. the bugs will eat you in the summer though...eat you alive.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful birds! The Willets ARE beautiful.