Yes, the Heron Ate the Whole Flounder!

By . August 10th, 2016. Posted in Photography

A Great Blue Heron on the prowl is a magnificent sight. One stealthy step at a time, he carefully stalks his prey. And when he strikes, it’s all over for his captive…no matter how mis-matched the two may appear. This fellow with the very large flounder in his beak landed briefly at our water’s edge…long enough for me to grab my camera and capture the moment. Then in one gulp, he swallowed the whole fish (!) and was on his way. While we are blessed with frequent heron visits, I … Read More

Lovely, Lonely Osprey

By . July 1st, 2016. Posted in Wildlife

Spring arrived with the usual flurry of osprey wings, nest-building, and overhead territorial squabbles. The July 4th holiday, however, finds us without the anticipated flourishing osprey family. As we look toward the water, the lovely female osprey sits alone on her empty nest. Our osprey pair seemed to get an early start on nesting season, with Mike diligently doing his usual carry-branches-to-the-shoreline routine to help them along. Then the winds came. The starter nest was blown completely from the platform, so off went the birds to find more branches (and … Read More

Lady Labrador’s Chesapeake Anniversary

By . September 3rd, 2015. Posted in Other Stuff

Chessie, our 11-year old Labrador retriever, is a bundle of joy wrapped in (shedding) yellow fur. Every morning she wakes up with her wagging tail in full gear. Breakfast, a walk, a car ride…all are among the many reasons to celebrate the moment. Her eyes shine, her front feet bounce up and down, and her ears keep time with her feet. It’s adorable. For Mike and me, today’s “hoppy dances” are even more heartwarming than usual. We’re celebrating the first anniversary of Chessie’s adoption, and what a year it’s been. … Read More

“Teenage” Ospreys Spread Their Wings

By . August 27th, 2015. Posted in Wildlife

Like mother, like daughter…osprey style. The youngster (on the left) is almost as big as her mother, and definitely a look-alike. As with human parents, August is emptying-the-nest month for ospreys. The raptors, however, must prepare their young for a journey of thousands of miles. Solo. Each of our four ospreys will fly its own path to a winter home in South America. For a juvenile who has barely left her baby fluff behind, it’s a daunting rite of passage. Our two osprey chicks took their first flights only a … Read More

Osprey Family Portrait

By . July 13th, 2015. Posted in Wildlife

Here they are, this summer’s osprey family. Dad is perched on the left and Mama on the right, with their two chicks nestled beneath them. The portrait was taken following a feeding, so everyone was full and willing to pose. Every year, the ospreys amaze us. Nothing overwhelms the intrepid parents…not ominous wind and hail, interloping herons and eagles, or noisy jet skis and firecrackers. Mama spreads her wings and covers her babies whenever she senses a threat. Dad, who is often elsewhere fishing, zooms out of nowhere if he … Read More