Friday, November 30, 2012

Assateague birds and critters

I am linking up with  Green Day and Camera Critters and I'd-Rather-B-Birdin.


I have been at work all week so these are more shots from our visit to Ocean City and Assateague Island National Seashore and beyond. The beyond is more from shots from the Delaware Indian River inlet. I did not have any target birds to see at either place I was just happy to be there.







We saw our first of the year Long-tailed Ducks at the Indian River inlet. 





The Sanderlings were the first bird I saw on the beach at Assateague. The Sanderling on the front left looks cute, like he is marching along. I was happy to see a Gannet way out in the ocean with my binocs. We also saw a flock of Cormorants flying by, at least I think they were Cormorants.

The Assateague wild ponies are always a treat to see and they are the main attraction for most people that visit the park.

Above is one of the many Assateague wild ponies on the Maryland side of the island   It was my favorite horse, I believe it is a Pinto. 


I thought it was funny to see the horses standing in line for the restrooms. Looks like one just came out the other is waiting to go in.


A few more of the horses, in this shot you can make out someone's yellow/orange tent in the right side of the photo.

The horses are free to roam thru the national seashore in the shot above they are walking thru the campsites.There are signs around warning people that the horses are wild and not to be fed. Driving around the roads in Assateague I also saw and heard so many Yellow Rump Warblers.

I hope you enjoyed my visit to the ocean and Assateague Island National Seashore.

 To see more beautiful photos and cute critters please visit: Green Day  and Camera Critters and I'd-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to the gracious host Fiona of Green Day, Misty Dawn of Camera Critters and to Anni of I'd Rather-B-birdin.  Thanks for visiting my blog and post. I wish everyone a very safe and happy weekend.

50 comments:

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

great shots. they sure do get close to your camping area. wow...but fun to look at. i bet they were hoping for a free snack. i wonder? funny bathroom shot too. ha. ha!!! ( :

TexWisGirl said...

the ponies are too cute! they certainly have the run of the place. :)

the long-tailed ducks are cool looking! enjoy your weekend, eileen!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the horses - so cute! Looks like a fabulous place to visit with lots of wonderful wildlife.

Maria said...

Great beach scenes and horses!

Maria Luiza said...

Lindas imagens de animais, pôneis, cavalos e aves no mar! Parabéns! Grande abraço!

diane b said...

the first shot of the ducks on the choppy water is very good. They sure are sophisticated wild ponies using the restroom.

DeniseinVA said...

This is a wonderful area and you have captured it beautifully. Have a great weekend Eileen.

✿ chica said...

Fico encantada aqui.Beleza!!! beijos,lindo fim de semana!chica

inge said...

Great photos the horses do look so funny. Have a lovely weekend

Phil said...

Those Sanderlings are such photogenic little things Eileen. You took a lovely portrait there. Whenever I get the chance I love to take lots of pictures of them. Nice to see your Long-tails, we hardly ever see any around here. Have a great birding weekend.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Haha ! these are nice !

Linda Gross said...

You should print and frame that first photograph of the pony. It is amazing; resembles the look of a painting. Very nice photographs over all!

Rohrerbot said...

Incredible horses. Very beautiful. And nice captures of the birds. You have such a wonderful array of birds around you.....thanks for sharing. I'm learning the "exotic" ones from your side of the world:)

Ayu Maselli said...

Good afternoon Eillen

Thanks so much for your visit, I feel much better now.onloy my cough still bother me.

wow very nice park with those wild ponies...unbelievable. they are sooo cute.
wish I can touch them

have a nice weekend to you

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of birds and horses.

Pam :) said...

I love seeing the ponies wild and free to roam their island home.

Great shots of the Long-tailed ducks and adorable Sanderlings.

Wishing you a happy weekend, Eileen.

Misty DawnS said...

What a fantastic post! My step-daughter's husband took her there to surprise her one year, as she has a deep love for horses.
That first photo of your favorite horse is absolutely gorgeous!

c3720e30-481b-11e0-b6fd-000bcdca4d7a said...

einfach wunderschön was man hier sehen kann
Danke sagt das katerchen mit einem LG von hier

habe einen schönen 1. Advent

Amy Burzese said...

Those two at the restrooms is too funny. Thanks for sharing these.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful shots. I love the wild ponies.

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful photo series showing synthesis really well on all of them.
Wish you a good weekend :)
Hanne Bente

My Little Home and Garden said...

The ponies are fabulous. I was also struck by the gorgeous bird in your header, Elaine.
-Karen

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots. Had to laugh at the horses outside the rest rooms!

Margaret Gosden said...

The horses all look very well fed! Great shots of sandlings!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

What a wonderful place to visit!!
Makes me think a bit of Cumberland Island, Ga.

Jidhu Jose said...

nice pictures

Snapshot

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!Gorgeous photos! I love the horses !!So beautiful birds!Have a lovely weekend-December month my dear!
Dimi..

Tammy said...

The wild Ponies are beautiful! It would be really neat to have them wandering close by, although I'm not sure I'd want to be in line for the restroom behind one of them;)

VioletSky said...

I look forward to seeing the long tailed ducks at this time of year. The ponies are gorgeous and look so very well kept (especially for being wild!)

sandyland said...

aweinspiring

Amanda said...

Beautiful shots! Love that first horse, he/she is just gorgeous!!

Montanagirl said...

Awesome photos! I believe years and years ago, I read a book called "Misty of Chincoteague"...about one of the wild ponies.

Larry said...

Those beautiful Long-tailed Ducks would be lifers for me Eileen and your shot of the Sanderlings is awesome! The ponies are cool too. I like the shot of them standing at the restrooms ;-)

Leslie's Garden said...

I never know what I'll find at your blog! Wild horses!! Extra cool! They are so beautiful. Love the adorable birds, too!

Zizi Santos said...

Suas fotos são sempre um encantamento!
um ótimo fim de semana
abraços
Zizi

Rebecca said...

Beautiful photos!--Love your blog header also :)

rainfield61 said...

The horse is as beautiful as the birds.

Lina Gustina said...

They are surely happy ponies!They are free to wander around and they live in a beautiful place.
Thanks for dropping by, Eileen :)

www.1sthappyfamily.com

Lucinha said...

Eileen,

Não dá pra descrever com palavras, o quanto são belas as suas fotos.
Minhas duas paixões: pássaros e cavalos estão nesse lindo post.
Um lindo Domingo. Abraços.

Anni said...

LOL....I LOVE the pony photo where they're in the kiosk. That, is the epitome of a picture paints a 1000 words.

Great photos Eileen, as always.

Thanks for linking up this week at the Bird D'Pot. Have a glorious week ahead!

⊱↫PreciousKD↬⊰ said...

What a treat to see and know that these ponies are living in the wild!

Gorgeous photos.

Dianne said...

these are all such great shots
I love the marching bird
and the horses!! they're beautiful
so wonderful to see them free and happy

Dar said...

Your travels into nature are amazing. I would love to see the wild horses. I had horses as a kid and still miss them.
Thanks also for stopping by and visiting the Eagle. He's here again this morning. What a treat.
BlessYourHeart

e Joops said...

Marvelous horses!

Happyone said...

Great pictures. The ducks look more like decoys than real ducks.

NatureFootstep said...

a great and interesting post. :)

Felipa M. said...

Marvelous pictures! I really like horses and birds!

Modesto Viegas said...

Very good post!!!

Marie said...

In all the time we lived in Virginia I never got up to Assateague, and I would have loved doing so! We got down to Corolla NC a couple of times, at least. The ponies are wonderful! And I am glad you heard the Yellow-rumped warbler. Love the bathroom shot! :-)

eden said...

Wowww.. beautiful photos as always. I enjoyed this post.