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Sailing on the Chesapeake #9

By handlerstudio  

Birdwatching is one of the pleasures of sailing on the Chesapeake. Once in a while on the Corsica, more often in the Spring, we would see nesting pairs of Bald Eagles...of course cormorants, ospreys....geese formerly known as Canadian, and Great Blue Herons....i think one of our most beautiful birds, with perhaps the absolute awful bird cries...something like "quaaaaaak". They are amazing to watch, for a little while, hunting....they make like statues and watch. So, most of these are of a single great blue, and last one, back at the marina...a great blue living there.

Years ago, in the 1970s I lived in a commune in Upstate New York, near the Finger Lakes, about 20 miles south of Ithaca....but more importantly, about 10 miles north of the Susquehanna River, and about a mile from the Catatonic Creek. We had a rookery of great blues. two dozen or so. They had these huge nest made of stick about 75 feet up on some tall beech trees up the side of a gorge. First time we saw them...we were walking along the stream at the bottom of the gorge....and we heard them. Followed the sound. There they were, gliding around the nests. It looked (and sounded) like some primordial scene, pteranodons gliding around their nests....and of course, as we now know, birds are living dinosaurs...incidentally we were crafts makers in the commune. I was a jeweler. One day in the fall, I was outside when they whole flock of herons left to fly south for the winter....quite a sight.

And, thanks to Isabel for her UA for my photos of boats, last set. I am a great admirer of her work, her sets.


Tags: Sailing Wildlife and nature Corsica River Cheapeake Bay Great Blue Herons

Voters: User_Removed, Alfie_P, taggart and 24 more

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16 Oct 2020 1:23AM
Well done!
Alfie_P Plus
13 927 2 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2020 1:39AM
Nice set of images Peter 😊

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
16 Oct 2020 1:44AM
I grew up in Upstate NY. ON the Susquehanna River---so it goes, herons and so on--- Here in PA there is a rookery near town, and , it seems--a pair on our creek----when we first moved here I was sure we had dinosaur birds living in our woods---

ha ha ha! --and you saved the best for last!.......

Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
16 Oct 2020 2:30AM
We have lots of them too. Always by themselves, standing and waiting. A very set Peter. And yes the last one is wonderful.
dales Plus
5 11 Australia
16 Oct 2020 3:29AM
Lovely set of these magnificent birds Peter , some wonderful sights you have seen !!
16 Oct 2020 5:53AM
Well spotted and capture, Peter.

16 Oct 2020 8:44AM
Excellent captures Peter,
Grand captures Peter.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2020 11:24AM
Some fine shots, the location sure attracting wildlife... I like the light in V2.
Isabel GrinGrin
16 Oct 2020 1:49PM
Fabulous set
11 10 10 England
16 Oct 2020 4:32PM
Enjoyed your write up Peter and of course the photos too especially V6 & V7.
16 Oct 2020 4:39PM
A great set of images of this Great Blue Heron.
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 166 16 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2020 4:56PM
A great set of Heron images PeterSmileSmileSmileSmile

Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
16 Oct 2020 8:30PM
Nice set, V6 and v7 is my favourites!

Arne Smile

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