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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Second Visit to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

On the way home we pass through Cambridge, MD and the wildlife refuge proved to be an irresistible temptation.  All of the following photos were taken on the "wildlife drive". 

Stakes are driven into the marsh in several areas.  I have not yet discovered their purpose...


This photo depicts a Bald Eagle perched in a dead tree...


Here is a different view, taken on a second pass through the refuge...


Bald Eagles were plentiful but they seldom remained in place when approached close enough for a decent photo...


Another view of the marsh...


Great Blue Herons are very plentiful in the refuge...


Finally, an eagle remained long enough to be photographed...

 
 

This is a picture of the wildlife observation blind...


As the daylight fades, one can enjoy the beautiful sunset views at the refuge...



Many thousands drive past the refuge each year, enroute to the beachs of Ocean City and Rehoboth.  It would be a side trip well worth taking the next time you are in the area.

3 comments:

  1. I enjoyed these photos very much. I have only been to Blackwater a few times, but I really enjoyed those trips and your photos bring back a lot of memories. The great blue heron and eagle photos are exceptional as are the sunset photos.

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  2. I was curious about the sticks in the marsh also. No one at the visitors center seemed to know so I stopped at the office and asked. I was told that the stakes were driven through bales of straw in an effort to control erosion. According to the gentleman that I spoke with, the straw bales washed away, the stakes remain and erosion continues

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  3. Willard, thanks for your comments. We have driven past Blackwater numerous times in the past. We will make a point of stopping from now on.

    Jerry, thanks for answering the question about the stakes. Straw bales were the farthest thing from my mind when I saw them.

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