Sunday, March 3, 2013

Wildlife viewing at Blackwater NWR

 I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday


Both hubby and I love to visit the National Parks and the Wildlife refuges but it looks like this battle going on with the federal budget will be affecting our visits to both the national parks and to the national wildlife refuges like Blackwater NWR. 

Above are some of the pretty scenes and wildlife we enjoyed during our visit yesterday to Blackwater National wildlife refuge. Do you take time to enjoy the wildlife and scenery around you? The National Parks in the United States are beautiful places to visit and I also enjoy seeing the many wildlife refuges in the national Wildlife Refuge system.

The Northern Shoveler is a pretty duck, it has a beautiful green head, white breast and rusty sides. It also has a spatulate bill which is neat looking.

Here is a good look at the Shoveler's beak..


We saw many ducks like the Northern Shovelers, Buffleheads, Mallards, Ring-necked Ducks and Mute Swans. The Bald Eagles are nesting at Blackwater NWR and we also saw a White Pelican. I would be very sad if the government closes the wildlife refuges. Especially if they close only on the weekends which is the only time I am able to visit since I work Monday thru Friday. Not to mention during my next vacation we were planning on visiting the Everglades National Park and the Ding Darling National Wildlife refuge.


I like this shot of the Great Blue Heron. He/she is posing so elegantly. I think the wildlife will not be bothered at all with what is going on with Congress.I hope you enjoyed my wildlife and birds of Blackwater.



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 Thanks to our host: Mary our host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  Thanks also for stopping by to see my post.  I wish everyone a happy week!





62 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i was happy to see a couple of shovelers stop in here this week, too! such cool ducks

love the graceful gbh photo!

Andrew said...

Wonderful images Eileen and you have captured some beautiful birds.. many thanks for sharing them.

A big hug from Andrew xx

Brian King said...

I love the Shovelers, but we don't see them around here. Those bills are awesome! Great shot of the heron! One of my favorites.

Betty Manousos said...

wow, eileen, i really like the great blue heron.
such an impressive bird.

loved seeing another incredibly beautiful series of bird photos.
thank you:)

hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Montanagirl said...

Blackwater NWR looks like a neat place to get up close and personal for bird photography. Great photos!

Giga said...

Piękne kaczki, ale czapli zrobiłaś sliczne zdjecie. Pozdrawiam.
Beautiful ducks, herons done but very pretty picture. Yours.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

It looks like you have collected some very nice shoreline bird images and I always enjoy seeing your shares. Have a Happy week~

Julie G. said...

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge looks like a beautiful area to be amongst nature. Your photographs are fantastic, Eileen! It's always a joy to see Northern Shovelers ... beautiful images. I like the lone Bufflehead and lovely heron shots as well.

DIMI said...

Dear Eileen,what a wonderful place!So many beautiful birds!Great captures!!I like the Great Blue Heron!Very cute bird!Hope you have a lovely week!
Dimi..

Maria said...

I agree it has striking plumage, those rusty reds and metallic blues!

Tina´s PicStory said...

so beautiful pics and mosaics :)

George said...

We see mostly Mallards around here, so it's always a pleasure to see your photos.

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Hi Eileen!
Your photos as always are so beautiful. Have a great week.
~Clara

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

beautiful. ( :

Lynne said...

Gorgeous Eleen . . . I hope your weekends continue to be filled with your bird/water wildlife visits.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Governments and their ideas get you so mad sometime. Closing Wildlife refuges is a stupid idea. Your photos however are not. Valerie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the way you've put together your mosaics this week and the wonderful photos! We love the National Parks, too and have our lifetime passes (Senior) now! Happy Monday!

Lavender Cottage said...

Cutbacks everywhere; I hope they don't affect the refuge parks you like to visit Eileen.
Judith

A Garden of Threads said...

National Parks are such a treasure for us to enjoy. We are also having parks closed here in Canada. Wonderful picture of your day at the park. Take care, Jen

Tricia Hays said...

LOVE the Heron, cool shot! =)

Mia McPherson said...

These are lovely Eileen!

Debbie said...

You got some great shots Eileen, the ducks are wonderful but the gbh is magnificent! What a beautiful image!!

Your mosaics are so pretty!!

Betsy Adams said...

I also love that picture of the heron... The lighting/reflection is perfect....

Beautiful photo --especially the 3rd from the bottom of the Shoveler... Wow!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of birds. They are having real good time.

Micupoftea~ said...

Wow, lovely candid photos. We enjoy going to Natl Parks and always take our 'passport' to get it stamped while there. I've never seen Shovelers- wonderful! I will have to see where the closest WLR is located. Happy March :)

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures / collages showing. Wishing you a good Monday :) Hanne Bente

Stewart M said...

I do love shovelers - that bill is huge!

Stewart M - Melbourne, Australia

gypsyrose said...

beautiful photos it looks a lovely place to visit,

Pearl Maple said...

those are cute ducks, so many delightful birds in one place is a joy to see

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I'd never heard of a Shoveler duck - your side profile shows its bill well. I hope the birds continue to grow in numbers and thrive.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Nices pictures and beautiful place to take photos.. A regard..

Vee said...

The Northern Shoveler with its spatulate bill is a duck I had never heard of and what an interesting one. I can always count on learning something new here in addition to the wonderful photos and mosaics.

Pride In Photos said...

The Northern shoveler is something we don't get to see anymore living in the south...beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Jill Harrison said...

National Parks are certainly wonderful places to get out and see nature at its best. I am looking forward to cooler days so we can go bush walking again. This summer has been far too hot and you certainly wouldn't bush walk in Australia's summer heat. We have a few trips on the planning board though.
Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by my blog today Eileen.

rainfield61 said...

It is a paradise of wild lives.

BunnyKissd said...

Lovely! I've never seen a shoveler, but supposedly we could see them during migration...

podso said...

It's just restful taking the time to view your amazing photos! THanks!

MandaBurms said...

OOh I just know I am gonna be back to read your blog.
Can you link me to anywhere on your blog of your system you have re keeping a record of the birds you have seen. Thanks love leanne

Debra @ Homespun said...

Lovely photos / I enjoyed this post so much! The ducks are cute!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I've only seen the shoveler once and that was in Texas. I need to see if they live or winter here. You got some beautiful shots here.

Since you said that about the budget cuts, I wonder if our wildlife management areas are affected? I visit them quite frequently. I'll be so sad if they shut them down!

RobinfromCA said...

All of your photos are wonderful but I am particularly fond of the Great Blue Heron. What a magnificent bird!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I love ducks and herons! You got some really great shots :) I hope the fiscal mess doesn't affect your local parks too bad!

Gary said...

They are handsome ducks!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Karen said...

Oh, so many lovely water birds. That heron is awesome.

Fun60 said...

Wonderful shots. A sad day indeed if these areas are closed.

mick said...

Great photos and beautiful places to visit.

Robert Geiss said...

Love the last image most. What joy for the sense of sight they all are.

robert geiß

Yamada Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
Oh, beautiful birds at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge♡♡♡
Cute duck and heron looks proud of him (her).

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful birds and such a variety!! I love the blue heron! Terrific captures as always, Eileen!! Hope you have a lovely week!

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos, I love those great shots of the beautiful ducks. Greetings.

EG CameraGirl said...

I too enjoy visiting wildlife areas. There are many near where I live, a few cared for by the federal government, some by the Province of Ontario and many by local municipalities. I'm lucky that I live near so many lakes with lots of spots maintained for tourists.

Photo Cache said...

beautiful shots of wildlife. you do this amazingly. i hear you about the budget cuts and the closures or less hours for parks.

Indrani said...

What a great photo opportunity!
The heron does look elegant in the last shot.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your pictures are beautiful. I pray that the senate/house get their act together and soon....

We love Ding Darling (I can't believe we haven't been there this season yet). It's a day trip for us. and also of course the Everglades. When are you planning your Florida vacation?

Linda Gross said...

I enjoy visiting national parks and wildlife refuges. I agree that they are beautiful places to visit. I am hoping that the government doesn't close Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio. We are planning a weekend there later this month.

As always, I enjoyed seeing your wildlife pictures.

Kusum Sanu said...

Blackwaters?! Interesting name! The duck pics are nice.

Anna said...

Such a beauty of shot, Eileen!
I love them...
Warm greetings from Holland,
Anna :))

Une Angevine said...

qu'il est beau cet héron

LifeRamblings said...

looks like a true paradise for all bird lovers.

Stewart M said...

Hi again - I think cricket is in the same league as baseball in term of incomprehensibility!

Signing off from the bottom of the Ninth with the bases stacked - or something!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Pretty images Eileen!!! The N. Shoveler is one of my husband's favorites.

I'm hoping that the parks won't be too badly affected with the government cuts other than jobs...no, I'm not wishing for those to lose their jobs, I'm just hoping that the parks will remain open to the public.

Irene said...

The white pelican is so cute ... great capture as always, Eileen!

Irene