Saturday, December 12, 2015

Saturday's Critters #104

Saturday's Critters #104

Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.

I am sharing some of the birds from the Blackwater Nat'l Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge Maryland. We stopped here for a quick visit on the way home from the beach.. It breaks up the drive home, we took a walk on the Marsh Edge Trail and drove on the wildlife drive.


It is nice to see the White Pelicans enjoying Blackwater NWR. I think there was a count of 40-50 White Pelicans. Their numbers increase each time I visit.


There was a good number of Tundra Swans also seen from the wildlife drive.


We also saw the Canada Geese, we were a little early to see the Snow Geese.


A number of Great Blue Herons were seen from the drive.





Lesser or Greater Yellowlegs?



Not the best shot of the White Pelican in flight with some Terns, maybe Forster's Terns? I hope you enjoyed coming along with me to Blackwater NWR. As always thanks for the visits and the nice comments. I also thank everyone who is linking up and sharing their critters.. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!




To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  Also check out Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun meme.

64 comments:

The Yum List said...

The blue heron looks like he's found something very interesting to check out. :-)

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

The white pelicans are so beautiful and the herons are my favorite! Thank you for hosting every week. ~ Stacy

BeachGypsy said...

Very nice pictures!!

Linley S said...

I just love the pelicans Eileen, for a large bird their flying is so graceful, cant say the same when they walk though. Hope you are having a great weekend.

Jo said...

Love all the waterbirds, Eileen. How I miss our trips to the large bodies of water with many, many birds in Tanzania. Thanks for hosting this meme. Have a great Saturday. Greetings Jo

HOOTIN ANNI said...

The shot of the swans is my favorite.

Gunilla Bäck said...

I love the pelicans and the heron. Thank you for hosting, Eileen.

Christine said...

Hello Eileen! More fantastic photos! I really love the Great Blue heron and pelicans are always fun to watch!
Great post and thanks for hosting!
happy weekend!

Crissi said...

Amazing photos Eileen!
Happy weekend
hug Crissi

rupam sarma said...

So beautiful photos.
~ Have a nice weekend ~

Tom said...

The Great Blue Heron is a wonderful sight.

Sue said...

Pelicans--my favorite!
Such a nice mix of birds. Though we share many of the same species, we don't get them in the big numbers like you do. Well, except for Canada geese.....we get a LOT of those!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

I especially like your pelicans. December is the month when we have had American White Pelicans on our local lake, but the water is so high now that the fish are widely dispersed into the marshes and wet prairies. We do not even see herons on the lake, and there are no mud flats for sandpipers. Florida weather is topsy-turvey as we should be well into the dry season. Well, the good thing is that there will be plenty of fish to concentrate in the lakes and canals when the dry weather finally arrives, if ever. We have El Niño to thank!

Gayle said...

Very nice variety. Especially like the pelicans of the first one. Happy Day.

Ana Freire said...

Looks like a very peaceful, and beautiful place!...
I loved all your shots, Eileen!
Enjoy your weekend! All the best!
Ana

Nick Va said...

Another lovely set of photos, Eileen. Many thanks for hosting.
Enjoy the weekend!

Phil Slade said...

Hello Eileen and thanks for the invite today. I wish we had a drive by where I could see and photograph all those species. Love the close-ups of the heron and I'm sure those waders are Greater Yellowlegs but don't hold me to it.

Have a lovely weekend.

Nancy Chan said...

Lovely critters especially the White Pelicans and Blue Herons. Thank you, Eileen for hosting. Have a wonderful weekend!

Bob Bushell said...

I love the White Pelicans, they are superb. Have a beautiful weekend Eileen.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Nice mix of birds photos! I especially like the last one.

Mildred said...

What pretty photos, Eileen. Thank you for hosting....I have a photo I can share today!

Lea said...

Great photos! You know the Herons are my favorites
Have a great week-end!
Lea

rainfield61 said...

I love all these pictures.
Such beautiful birds.

magnoliasntea said...

Eileen, I love to see water birds so I really enjoyed this post. I don't travel a lot so I've only been to a few birding parks that have a lot of water. I did get to visit Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park in Texas several years ago, and it was the highlight of my trip.
Have a great weekend!

Brian King said...

Very nice variety of birds! Great photos of the heron!

Hawkeye BrownDog said...

Hi Y'all!

Yes, we totally enjoyed the visit to Blackwater.

Y'all come on by,
Hawk aka BrownDog

EG CameraGirl said...

I love the variety of birds you seem to see year-round!

TexWisGirl said...

only ones i've seen (land) here are gbhs and greater yellowlegs. great variety!

(i had training class all week so am off tonight and able to link in today!)

Sandra said...

what a fantastic way to break up the long drive. love the white pelicans

Betty Manousos said...

what a nice variety of birds! white pelicans are a spectacular sight! and the blue herons. thanks so much for sharing, eileen.

enjoy the weekend~

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

awww, the white pelicans excited me. Here in Tampa we mostly see only brown pelicans.

J said...

It's so heartwarming to see a bird sanctuary where these beautiful creatures can exist without stress, and multiply so future generations can enjoy them! Thanks for bringing them to us. I have learned so much about different species - before I was aware of your blog I thought there was only one type of egret, tern, etc.!

Sharon Wagner said...

We occasionally see white pelicans up in my neck of the woods. It's always a thrill. Swans are even better!

Debbie said...

soooooo very cool to see the pelicans!!! and those herons, always a treat, you got some beautiful images!!!!

..."E"... Beth Edwards said...

i can not believe it's the weekend already -- time just flies by so quickly ( ;
hope u r well. Happy Critters Day!

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

We have a wonderful flock of Pelicans that live along the banks of our Whitesand River. I'll have to try and get out there this Spring or Summer and get some really good shots of them. I hope you're enjoying your Saturday! I see there are plenty of links to visit today...off I go!

Linda said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Eileen! Your photos bring me so much joy. Thank you for sharing them! :)

Felicia said...

the pelicans are cool.

Felicia said...

not sure if my first comment came through.

i like the pelicans, they are cool.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Love those heron shots! I rarely see pelicans, for that matter.
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Gerald (SK14) said...

the herons are wonderful

Anni said...

Once again Eileen, Thanks for adding your link to this post at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

You have some wonderful wildlife refuges there...stunning captures!

Lois said...

So many pretty birds! I love seeing the white pelicans.

Missy George said...

Love the white Pelicans..Herons too..I guess I like all forms of water birds..Hope you are having a fun weekend..

Linda W. said...

Love your photos of the pelicans and the heron pics are great too.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, So nice to see the large number of White Pelicans there. I am thinking that the birds are Greater Yellowlegs as the Lesser Yellowlegs I have seen were somewhat smaller but that may be regional? Who knows? Have a wonderful coming week and a pleasant Sunday.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Eileen, as always, great photos, and what an amazing variety and number of birds to see and enjoy! I wish it was closer to us, I'd love to go just to have a chance to see the snow geese. I've not seen them since we lived in Alaska.

Stephanie said...

Love your heron shots!

Linda said...

I love those herons and pelicans!

Wandering Wren said...

Love the Great Blue Heron with his white waders on!
Happy Days :)
Wrenx

Liz said...

What a great variety of critters! I love Pelicans and Herons

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; As you might know through my blog, I love seeing these birds♪ We have pelicans in our park; for swans I have special feeling because of sudden forced to gone; for blue herons I really AM happy being able to have chances seeing them sometime♡♡♡ Seeing these great numbers of them must be so exciting☆☆☆
Thank you SO much for your sharing these photographs and hosting.

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Eileen,
Nice pictures. Great to see so many pelicans to eachother.
Nice pictures of that heron.

Many greetings,
Marco

David Gascoigne said...

Those White Pelicans are spectacular birds. Great job!

Ela said...

Great photos !! I love birdwatching !!
Greetings

carol l mckenna said...

Great shore bird action shots and other serene shots ~ Always wonderful photography!

Wishing you the magic and love of the season,
artmusedog and carol

NatureFootstep said...

gorgeous birds as always :)

Thanks for hosting SC.

Helma said...

Hello Eileen,
This Saturday I will link my other blog. I've seen here again great great pictures of many animals: -:

Lowcarb team member said...

Great images Eileen, thank you for sharing.

All the best Jan

Caroline Gill said...

What wonderful White Pelicans, Eileen! And I'm jealous (in a nice way!) of the fact that you may see Snow Geese! Thank you for your kind comments on my tree post.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
really wonderful to see all these citters around the world. I like your white pelicans.
Best regards, Synnöve

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You have great birding everywhere you go! It is nice to break up a long drive with some birding and hiking ... Our preferred way to travel ...but we didn't get to do that on our latest roadtrip.

Tony McGurk said...

I saw a video on facebook recently where a Pelican grabbed a Pigeon that was minding it's own business & after lots of struggling on the Pigeon's behalf it swallowed the poor thing. Don't like Pelicans much now. I heard a report that at a beach once in Perth, Western Australia a Pelican swallowed a woman's Chiahuahua. I thought it was just a load of hogwash but after seeing the fate of the poor pigeon I am now left wondering if the dog story maybe was true