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Woodies in the cypress knees

April 10, 2024 - There is small, classic bottomland swamp near my home. It's a beautiful place with bald cypress, gum and hardwoods throu...
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Spring is here

March 19, 2024 - Spring has arrived in coastal North Carolina. Trees are in full bloom, patches of Carolina Jessamine exude their a beaut...
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Roadside Swans

January 19, 2024 - The Tundra Swans were in a field near the road. It's common in Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. While naturally w...
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Tundra Swan trio

January 13, 2024 - Tundra Swans migrate and usually spend the winter in family groups. This trio, a youngster and two adults, are making th...
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North Carolina Refuges

December 26, 2023 - We are fortunate in North Carolina to have 11 National Wildlife Refuges. They are great any time of the year and the wil...
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Moon setting with Tundra Swans

December 15, 2023 - My first trip of the winter to Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge did not disappoint. It never does. It was a bluebi...
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Turkey Vultures

December 13, 2023 - Vultures, both turkey and black, are a common sight year round in North Carolina. They're usually seen soaring, standing...
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Short-billed Dowitchers

August 03, 2023 - Short-billed Dowitchers are migrating along the Atlantic coast right now. They departed from the boreal forest of Canada...
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Least Sandpiper

May 18, 2023 - Least Sandpipers are the smallest of the sandpipers, measuring about 5.5 inches and weighing about 1 oz. They spend the...
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Spring renewal

May 11, 2023 - Spring is time for renewal and growth. Birds are migrating and beginning to nest, mammals are giving birth, many species...
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Showy Snowy Egrets

April 11, 2023 - I t's spring and the Snowy Egrets are brilliant. Courtship and securing a good nest site is on their mind. They're very...
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Reddish Egret

March 12, 2023 - A great friend, Rich Paul, was an authority on Reddish Egrets. As manager of the National Audubon Society’s Florida Coas...
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Pintails

March 04, 2023 - There is something about pintails in flight. They're fast and sleek, appear more streamlined than most ducks, and seem t...
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“Blue” Geese

February 09, 2023 - In a large gathering of Snow Geese, you’ll usually see dark-bodied geese. They’re also Snow Geese, just the dark phase o...
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Snow Geese

March 18, 2019 - On a cold, clear February morning on the eastern shore of Maryland, I headed out at first light to Blackwater National W...
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Trembling with delight

June 12, 2018 - My hands were almost trembling with delight as I held for the first time a Semipalmated Sandpiper. Seconds earlier I car...
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My time with Canvasbacks

November 28, 2017 - For me, Canvasbacks have always been elusive. They are not common in southern North Carolina. To see them, I usually had...
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A morning with Shorebirds

September 21, 2017 - They are not the most colorful and showy of the bird world. They are not the largest or the most iconic species, either.
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Never enough Great Egrets

August 22, 2017 - I have lots of Great Egret photos and I have never taken the time to count how many are in my files. I have them from wi...
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Those skimmers

June 01, 2017 - The aerial confrontations of Black Skimmers begin on the ground for a reason known only to the skimmers. Maybe over terr...
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Sanderling

May 22, 2017 - I was lying flat on the sand with my camera focused intently on this sanderling scurrying on the wet sand. It followed t...
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Beach Birds of Spring

May 13, 2017 - Spring is a great time for shorebirds and seabirds. Migration is in full swing for shorebirds and seabirds, like Least T...
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A sure sign of Spring

March 26, 2017 - When Great Egrets start nesting it is a sure sign that winter is loosening its grip and spring is going to burst forth....
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A Morning with Tundra Swans

January 16, 2017 - I stopped off at Pungo Lake recently to see the great Tundra Swans, Snow Geese and other waterfowl that winter in the Pu...
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Last light

December 04, 2016 - Migration is over now, for the most part. Birds are where they are going to be for the winter. There may be some regiona...
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Great Egrets

September 09, 2016 - The tide is nearly low in the little tidal pond and the water depth is low enough for Great Egrets to wade across the mi...
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Skimmers

July 27, 2016 - Ornithologists Drs. Joanna Burger and Michael Gochfeld wrote of Black Skimmers in their landmark book -- The Black Skimm...
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Carolina Pelicans

July 13, 2016 - In 1929 a Federal Conservation Agent named William L. Birsch traveled to a small island called Royal Shoal in Pamlico So...
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Hatching time for American Oystercatchers

June 11, 2016 - On a sandy spit on one of my favorite beaches there is a wonderful nesting area for shorebirds, terns and Black Skimmers...
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Wrightsville Terns

May 23, 2016 - Every morning when I have a an hour or so of free time before I head off to work, I travel to the south end of Wrightsvi...
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Every Banded Bird has a Story

May 02, 2016 - I went to a local, uninhabitedl beach this weekend to photograph Red Knots and anything else that happened to present an...
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The squeaky voices of terns

April 25, 2016 - I recently took a boat ride to a local inlet that I visit as often as I can. The inlet one of the few natural inlets lef...
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With Blind Faith

April 16, 2016 - I had the pleasure of attending the 13th annual Power of Flight meeting this week, held in St. Simons Island, GA. The me...
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Learning more about Piping Plovers

April 05, 2016 - On a remote cay of sand and rock off the northern end of Andros, The Bahamas, in the newly established Joulter Cays Nati...
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Lake Mattamuskeet

March 27, 2016 - Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern North Carolina is a wonderful place for birds and photographe...
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Great Egrets on the Cape Fear

March 13, 2016 - Great Egrets gather by the hundreds on a small island in the lower Cape Fear River. They’ve returned in March as they ha...
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