Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bombay Hook NWR - Good Birding!

I made my first ever visit to Bombay Hook NWR on the Delaware Bay in Delaware. It was a delightful refuge and will merit return visits during other seasons.

For a late winter day of birding, it was a very good day, and even yielded some good photo opportunities ...

... as for example, the Belted Kingfisher, a species that has been devilishly difficult to photograph. But this female posed on branches above a canal, apparently unconcerned by the several photographers who crept around taking her picture ...

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher
Near the historical Allee House, two Black Vultures, usually seen soaring high overhead, were up close, and almost too personal ...

Black Vulture
Black Vulture
For the second time this winter, I have seen Great Horned Owl - usually at this time of year the limit of contact is their haunting hooting. Not much action from this roosting owl, save for the occasional turn of the head ...

Great Horned Owl
This young red fox hunted in the short grasses along the refuge road ...

Red Fox
And finally ... there were plenty of waterfowl in the pools and ponds, and in nearby fields, several thousand Snow Geese ...

Northern Shoveler
Snow Geese
Good Birding!!

4 comments:

Laurence Butler said...

Woah, those Snow Geese laid waste to that field! Scorched earth policy...

GREAT shots Chris. You're in a small, elite group of people who can say they've got excellent Belted Kingfisher photos.

Colleen said...

Great Kingfisher Shot!!!!

OpposableChums said...

Great pix from one of my favorite spots. But, admit it: the Kingfisher is the stuffed one nailed to a branch in the visitor center...

eileeninmd said...

Great shots, Chris! Bombay Hook is one of my favorite places to bird. Love the Kingfisher.

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