Simply wait, be quiet, still. The world will freely offer itself to you.
Yesterday’s post mentioned the excellent birding we experienced on our recent paddle trip on the Roanoke River. When we arrived at our second camping platform, Three Sisters, the late day light was gorgeous and the sky was filled with all sorts of birds. After setting up camp (and shooing away the vultures dining on the fish skeletons) we sat out on the small dock by the creek for over an hour watching the parade of birds go by. I decided to practice some birds in flight photography to see what I could capture. Here are a few of the results…
I had planned to do some more dock sitting the next morning, but after the water came up during the night, I ended up strolling the short walkway to the platform and trying to photograph the many birds that were active all around us.
These images represent just a fraction of what we saw on this trip. Below is a checklist of species we observed/heard during our time in this magical swamp. Tomorrow, I’ll share some highlights of our warbler watching.
Birds: Great Blue Heron; Great Egret; White Ibis; Spotted Sandpiper; Double-crested Cormorant; Anhinga; Wood Duck; Mallard; Canada Goose; Turkey Vulture; Black Vulture; Red-shouldered Hawk; Bald Eagle; Osprey; Barred Owl; Belted Kingfisher; Great Crested Flycatcher; Blue Jay; American Crow; Fish Crow; Common Grackle; Red-winged Blackbird; Red-bellied Woodpecker; Downy Woodpecker; Hairy Woodpecker; Pileated Woodpecker; Chimney Swift; Barn Swallow; Eastern Towhee; Northern Cardinal; Mourning Dove; Gray Catbird; Swamp Sparrow; Carolina Chickadee; Tufted Titmouse; Carolina Wren; Blue-gray Gnatcatcher; White-eyed Vireo; Red-eyed Vireo; Yellow-throated Vireo; Eastern Bluebird; White-breasted Nuthatch; Summer Tanager; Yellow-billed Cuckoo;Northern Parula Warbler; Black-and-white Warbler; Prairie Warbler; Prothonotary Warbler; Yellow-throated Warbler; Common Yellowthroat; Yellow-rumped Warbler
Mammals: White-tailed Deer; Gray Squirrel; Southern Flying Squirrel; Nutria; Mink; Raccoon; (active Beaver lodges)
Herps: Painted Turtle; Yellow-bellied Slider; River Cooter: Brown Water Snake; American Bullfrog; Southern Cricket Frog
Wow! Thank you so much for these wonderful photos. I never tire of seeing the results of your trips to eastern NC.
Thanks, Mary Kay. One more round tomorrow.
What a wonderful vicarious pleasure in the swamp for us all! Thank you so much for sharing all this with us.
You are welcome, Brenda…our pleasure.
Your posts make my day, and my family’s, as I always forward them on! Thank you!
On Sun, Apr 26, 2020 at 7:55 AM Roads End Naturalist wrote:
> roadsendnaturalist posted: “Simply wait, be quiet, still. The word will > freely offer itself to you. ~Franz Kafka Yesterday’s post mentioned the > excellent birding we experienced on our recent paddle trip on the Roanoke > River. When we arrived at our second camping platform, Three Si” >
Good to hear, Ann, and thanks.
Just total awe – great photos! And a Kafka quote to boot 🙂 You guys rock.
Thanks, Deb…but I had a typo in the quote earlier, but it is now fixed:)
I didn’t want to point it out. Glad you fixed it 😁
Great pics! Love the list. Reminds me of home sweet home.