Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bombay Hook NWR

I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday   and NC Sue WordlessThey are all fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

We have been so many different places since our Florida trip, a lot of day trips. This post is on a day trip when I took my older brother for his first time to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware.  Hubby stayed home and my brother (another amateur photographer like me) and I enjoyed checking out the birds and the wildlife.



The Tree Swallows had returned and there were numerous swallows flying over our heads.  My brother was enjoying taking shots of the swallows, he must have taken over a thousand photos during our visit to Bombay Hook NWR.



The boardwalk trail scene.



There were many Egrets, both Snowy and Great Egrets, Yellowlegs, Northern Shovelers and two Great Blue Herons.


The shorebirds were returning to the Delaware shore and the wildlife refuge. I believe this is a large group of Dunlin but there could be other species mixed in this group. I think there are some Egrets mixed in the group above.


This daytrip was late April so the trees were just starting to blush, some Ruddy Ducks and some American Coots.




Above are a few Glossy Ibis, Egrets, a Screech Owl in her nest and an adult Bald Eagle with two juvenile eagles. I had fun showing my brother one of my favorite wildlife refuges. I can assume by how many photos he was taking he had fun too.
Thank you for visiting and for all the nice comments.. Have a great day and week ahead!

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103 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

What a wonderful place to go bird watching and I am sure your brother both enjoyed the birds and photographing them. SO many birds! WOW!

Ailime said...

Hello Eileen,Thank you so much for visiting me! I love all your pictures! The swallows very beautiful! The real thanks and bunch of seabirds simply a fabulous spectacle to admire! Have a good Sunday and week.
Hugs, Ailime

rainfield61 said...

Thousands of bird.
Gorgeous.

✿ chica said...

Maravilhosas tuas fotos e clicar é uma ótima diversão sempre! bjs, chica

Sandra said...

what a sight to see with all those hundreds of birds in flight at one time. and nothing could be better than being with another photographer. it is hard when we go out with someone without a camera. we keep stopping and they keep waiting..

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

What a neat place- I would probably have had to bring along a couple of extra batteries for my camera!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
LOVE that boardwalk with lots of 'sit and peek' places!!! It is one of the joys of digital, I must say, that we can now just snap away and not worry about whether we are using up expensive film! YAM xx

Alexa T said...

Have a great day today,too, Eileen! Enjoy! Lots of beautiful aspects presented and My fave is the the one with the large group of flying birds...Last week I captured a group, in flying, too...over the houses in the field! I'm making progress at photographing birds, isn't? All the best and a good start in week, too!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

That's a lot of birds, Eileen!

P.S. I saw a Luna Moth last night. First time in about five or six years.
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Ela said...

What a great place for birdwatching !!
Fantastic pictures !!
Greetings

Magia da Inês said...


Fotos lindas como sempre, gostei mais do primeiro mosaico.

Boa semana com tudo de bom!
Beijinhos.ه° ·.
♬♪ه° ·.

Debbie said...

you find the best nature spots!! awesome images, i hope you really enjoy this nice long weekend!!!!

Phyllis Oller said...

I would have taken a thousand pictures too, what a lot of birds to enjoy.
Thanks for telling us about pic monkey, I will try to put it on this newer computer, maybe I need to buy an updated version,thanks,phyllis

Nancy Chan said...

Eileen, what a great trip you had! How I wish I were there too, so many types of birds to watch.

Chris Rohrer said...

I can't believe that cloud of Dunlins! That would have been amazing to see. A good place for Shorebird habitat. And it's "warming up" perhaps still chilly along the waters. Perfect weather for birding!

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Beautiful collages, I like the swallows.
Best regards, Irma

Mama Zen said...

That place looks awesome! Love the screech owl!

Karen S. said...

Save the birds! How fun to see them have fun in the trees. Great photos, it's great to see my birds returning here too!

TexWisGirl said...

a mess of shorebirds! love the pretty tree swallows! we don't see them here.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Tree Swallows, Dunlin and the Glossy Ibis, are lovely.

Gunilla Bäck said...

What a great day you had! A beautiful place with lots of birds. The swallows are adorable.

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!
Great post!!What a lovely place!Wonderful images!Such beautiful birds!!
Like the swallow birds!
Have a happy week!
Dimi...

Missy George said...

No shortage of photo ops there, for sure..Great shots..Love the Tree swallows..They used to dive bomb me when I was mowing..I guess I was stirring up bugs..

Sara D.B. said...

Lovely photos, Eileen!
The swallows are really beautiful and the large group of dunlins looks amazing!
Have a great week ahead!

Gayle said...

Great collection and variety of photos.
Thanks for sharing.

waldlaeufer68 said...

super hit, those trips are always nice if you still get such beautiful shots and with the family can be together .. so beautiful ...
greetings Frank

Nancy J said...

You had a super time together, and by the number of photos, so many to take home and sort through. The beauty of digital, and for me, #1 is the screech owl in his nesting box.

Helma said...

You moziek posts are always very nice to see and I enjoy also always there :-) I see one of the mozieken an owl owls in a closet. Great to see this. also the black ibises are fantastic. Very nice new week Eileen,.

Stephanie said...

I have been enjoying all your photos of the birds too! Nice to see so many varieties that we don't get here.

Mari said...

Amazing flock of shorebirds flying caught in action. There is nothing you cannot admire from nature. Simply it's always filled with beauty as shown in your posts.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I admire those who are able to get outside and take pictures. I used to but am somewhat disabled now and a trip outside for me is usually to see a doctor.

Our photos said...

Wonderful series !

Betsy Adams said...

Great place to go birding for sure ---and I'm sure that your brother enjoyed going there... You captured some great birds.. It was nice of them to be so cooperative for the camera....

Happy Memorial Day Weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Pat said...

That large flock of shorebirds is amazing. Pretty little Tree Swallows.

Chandra Eswaran said...

Thanks for taking us on this wonderful bird watching trip, Eileen. I particularly enjoyed the photo of the school of birds. I have heard that they decide which direction to go by voting, millions of times in a minute or so (or perhaps even less) - pretty amazing and it gives me goosebumps to think of such refined communication.
Have a Great Memorial Day Weekend!
Peace :)

Michelle said...

Wow! What a great place to birdwatch!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Eileen, wonderful shots and your mosaics are always interesting.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Happy Memorial Day!
CM

The Yum List said...

I had to have a second look to see that owl peeping out of the hole.

Gail said...

What wonderful photos. A beautiful place to visit.

Linda W. said...

Another successful birdwatching day! Love your photo of all the birds taking flight.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hi Eileen! I love the photos of the swallows, and the returning flocks, are really amazing to see!

magiceye said...

Such rejuvenating sights!!

Anonymous said...

Seeing your posts from "the Hook" always feels like coming home. I've told you before, it's one of my favorite birding spots and my heart always skips a beat when I see you have pictures from Bombay Hook! :o)

Lynne said...

Like seeing the "bunches" of birds . . .
Amazing . . ,

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Great pictures and collages. Very nice the landscape with the group of Dunlin!

diane b said...

A marvellous array of birds. I like the Glossy Ibis. You sure are packing a lot into your retirement.

Red Nomad OZ said...

I don't know what I'd do without PicMonkey - I use the free version and am amazed by what I can do with it! The birds are brilliant - especially that massive flock of maybe Dunlin! Have a great week :D

EG CameraGirl said...

You live in such a great area for seeing migrating birds!

podso said...

Always good photos--love that owl peeking out. It sounds like you and your brother had a nice outing together.

Maggie said...

Stunning images as always and such a variety of wild birds to admire.
Gorgeous blue skies, too.
It can tell it was a great day out for you to share with your brother.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow / Sacred Eclectic said...

Oh that boardwalk scene! Love! :)

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
fabulous photos of all these birds in the sunshine. Great !
Best regards, Synnöve

Tom said...

An amazing number of God's fly creatures! Tom The Backroads Traveller

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the birds. So many birds all in one place.

DeniseinVA said...

You saw some amazing sights at Bombay Hook and how lovely that you had your brother's company. Great photos as always Eileen and happy day to you.

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

You have some gorgeous bird shots. And the wide open vistas of the boardwalk trail scene is stunning. To be able to see so far.....

Jen

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

wonderful shots

Happy Memorial Day

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

So many different birds Eileen!!
You almost need a swivel seat that turns around to get them all!!
Egrets are always my favorite, but the swallow are pretty!

Christian Perrin said...

What a great series of photos, Eileen! And what a lovely way for you to catch up and spend quality time with your brother.

I especially loved the waders in flight, the Owl peeking out of its nestbox and the Glossy Ibis. Did you know we have the same ibis in Australia? Weird that you and I can go birdwatching on opposite sides of the world and see the same bird (one of my favourites!).

Lorrie said...

Such a wonderful variety of birds! I can just imagine the fun you and your brother had while clicking away.

Happyone said...

Love the swallows and all the other pictures as well. : )

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is the most amazing place for birds and I am sure it was a lot of fun seeing it through new eyes! And your brother was so lucky to have such a great guide.

We see those swoops of dunlins on the Oregon lake, but never close enough to capture, at least with my camera. It is amazing how they move as if they were one body!

laurak/ForestWalkArt :) said...

wow!! so many birds...and so much time, now that you're retired. yes, i am so jealous...can hardly wait! :) prob a few more years...
beautiful shots! what a great place to wander with your brother!

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Boa tarde, perfeitas captações das lindas aves marinhas, a sequência é excelente.
AG

Cloudia said...

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Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

This is a fabulous wildlife refuge and since I enjoyed being shown around, can only imagine how excited your brother must have been to be there in person with his camera.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Eileen.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I adore the swallows! The other photos, of course!!! :-)

Mascha said...

So many wonderful birds, have enjoyed your post.
Have a nice week

Karen said...

What a lovely series! A great place to take your brother, I bet he enjoyed it.

NC Sue said...

My word - such a dense flock of birds - must be hundreds of them!
Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/05/tally-ho.html

Patricia Bacon said...

Peaceful bird sanctuary....great photo ops! Good for you!

Pat @ http://sugarspiceallthings-nice.blogspot.ca/

Fun60 said...

No wonder your brother took so many photos. What a variety of birdlife.

Carletta said...

Hi Eileen,
I'm just now getting around to visit after about three weeks. Starting to feel like me. I really want to go here someday. I think of it every time we are on the East coast but we never make it. Saw some swallows this week but never got a shot. They are quick.
A rest on that boardwalk would be lovely!
Hope you have had a wonderful holiday weekend!

"E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

so pretty. those seats look like a good point 2 view. ( :

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your shots are amazing! I also noticed your previous Saturday's Critters post, so I'll keep it mind when I have animal shots. Thanks for your visit and Blessings!

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures as always, Eileen! So many beautiful birds! I'm sure your brother enjoyed it! A great trip!!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

My, you really get around! Looks like a wonderful place, and the variety and quality of your photos does it justice.

mick said...

What a fantastic place to visit with so many birds all in one place. The photo with the flock of birds flying above really lets one see how many birds are close by.

carol l mckenna said...

All magnificent wildlife shots ~ Love the boardwalk also!

Happy Week to you!
artmusedog and carol

Cranberry Morning said...

Eileen, I love that boardwalk shot! What a beautiful place to sit and observe all the amazing wildlife. I could spend hours there. Loved all your photos!

Amy Franks said...

you always manage to get some great shots! I love the birds in the first photo :-)

Brian King said...

That's a gorgeous place! Tree Swallows are one of my favorites!

Al said...

What a great place to go birdwatching - that boardwalk looks awesome and the birds are so pretty.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

I love these birds and wow that is a large group of birds.

Barb said...

You were in a birding paradise! I love the sky scene - full of wings!

AnnA said...

Dear Eilen!
What a faboulos pictures you are showing and what a light of the skies.
Have a nice week!
Best wishes,
AnnA

LV said...

What a wonderful bird adventure. You do an amazing job on your photos.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The sky filled with birds is an awesome sight! It sure is fun to see what's 'new' at our favorite places! Enjoy your week! Hugs, Diane

Susan ~ Southern Fascinations said...

Eileen...what a wonderful place to find inspiration! It's so nice that you and your brother could share time together photographing such an awesome place! Smiles...Susan

jandi said...

So many birds! And all very lovely! Looks like a fantastic place to visit!

ladyfi said...

Glorious pictures of this amazing place!

Linda said...

Lovely! Nice to see more tree swallows.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

What amazing nature pictures!

Thank you also for your visit and sweet comments. Hope you enjoyed your weekend. Have a wonderful week!

Adam Jones said...

Love all those wading birds Eileen, and especially that huge Dunlin flock. Fantastic.

NatureFootstep said...

wow, so many shorebirds. I did see eight :) It is a truly beautiful sight.

Marie C said...

Wonderful photos! What a great place to visit!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Florida looks like a birder's paradise--almost as much as your area n Maryland, Eileen! You also have a good eye to see all these wonderful birds. My vision is not the best so I often can't see birds that are even close by :(

Rose said...

Wonderful bunch of birds!

Kathy said...

I love your boardwalk Eileen, what a lovely place to capture all that beauty.

Esther Joy said...

Love your shots! The boardwalk photo looks like you could walk right into it!

Kate said...

Beautiful shots!

David Gascoigne said...

I visited Bombay Hook once only but I enjoyed it immensely. Great spot for birding with a wide variety of species.

Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers said...

Your love of nature really comes across in your shots. Your little mosaics are lovely - I'm not a birder myself but I especially like the third image with the marsh and the birds.