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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge [Day 2]

Light House
Foggy Lighthouse Showing the Way

Saturday morning started with Marg and I showing up to the 6:30am bird walk and the walk being obviously canceled due to the down pouring rain. Quickly the heavy fog rolled in for most of the day and I struggled with spending my available birding time capturing photos in the fog. It was still a great bird day with many first of the years birds and another lifer to add to my list!

Great Egret and Fog
Great Egret in the Fog

I captured around 700 photos over the whole weekend! I will need some time to sort and edit all of the pictures before preparing them for the blog. I can promise that the pony picture (including the video that I captured) will be posted soon!

Ponies and Fog
Ponies in the Fog

Unexpectedly I found another lifer on Saturday! The Laughing Gull (CHECK) is one species that arrives in Niagara Falls but is also one of those species that doesn’t appear at the same time that I am out looking for the birdies. These guys were all over the place and I was happy to add them to my life list!

Laughing Gull
Laughing Gull

Ok, after a zillion hours of driving . . . I am off to bed and I promise to get more post up here soon!


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19 responses

  1. Those fog photos have a beautiful look to them. Wow, 700 photos! I can’t wait to see the ones you pick.

    30 March 2009 at 1:20 am

  2. Fog makes for such great pictures!
    Congrats on the lifer, btw. There are places along the Niagara Gorge (particularly around the power plants down river,) that are well known as extraordinary gulling sites, if you ever get over that way.

    30 March 2009 at 1:55 am

  3. It sounds as if you had a productive day despite the rain. Love the Laughing Gull picture.

    30 March 2009 at 5:45 am

  4. Wonderful! Rain or no rain, your photos are delightful.

    30 March 2009 at 6:33 am

  5. I am assuming the fog lifted and that you don’t have 700 photos in the fog to sort through… lol! :c) Can’t wait to see them.

    30 March 2009 at 6:51 am

  6. The fog did not lift the 2nd day but got most of those pictures on the 1st day! And I also would take 100’s of pictures of some of those birds like the willet, ect. .

    30 March 2009 at 7:39 am

  7. Pam

    What a cool looking gull!! Can’t wait to hear about ponies!

    30 March 2009 at 7:43 am

  8. Lisa at Greenbow

    Great pictures despite the fog. The fog gives them a dream-like feeling. I hope you had sweet dreams… you’ll need the rest to go through 700 pictures.

    30 March 2009 at 9:11 am

  9. Ah, the rolling fog. How was the temperature? It seemed pretty cold, but I guess the birds there are used to it.

    Also, don’t forget to vote for your favorite and check in tomorrow for the winner of the scientist cup.

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    30 March 2009 at 10:15 am

  10. Enjoying your birdie adventures at chincoteague…I love that area.

    30 March 2009 at 1:31 pm

  11. The egret is a great picture. I will have to go over there sometime.

    30 March 2009 at 4:08 pm

  12. The laughing gull is a handsome guy!
    P.S. I’m dropping something in the mail for you tomorrow!

    30 March 2009 at 9:40 pm

  13. I love the fog pictures. Wonderful shots.

    30 March 2009 at 9:59 pm

  14. Looks like you had a great time. I love the fog (not to drive in though). Gives a mysterious feel to the pictures…

    30 March 2009 at 10:33 pm

  15. I used to hate foggy mornings but now I love them. They add so much mood and feeling to images. Look forward to more from your trip.

    31 March 2009 at 4:53 am

  16. We’ve been so excited to see pony pictures — your picture in the fog was a perfect enticement to see more. And a video coming as well! Can’t wait =)

    31 March 2009 at 9:52 am

  17. NatureShutterbug

    Excellent laughing gull! Fog shooting is tough, but if you get the exposure right – there is no bright lighting and no tricky shadows, a plus.

    31 March 2009 at 5:14 pm

  18. Marg

    You know I took hardly any photos I should have spent more time with you! But I did get to see the ponies up close on Sunday 🙂

    It was great seeing you again Tom can’t wait til next time!

    31 March 2009 at 11:04 pm

  19. Marg

    btw I had 11 Lifers and I think the Laughing Gulls may have been my faves! They are so neat!

    1 April 2009 at 8:55 am

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