Winter Visit to Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary

My sister and her fiancé visited with us for a few days this Christmas break.  On Sunday we decided to take a trip to Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary.  The pages below contain directions and more information about birds you could see:

http://www.carolinabirdclub.org/wiki/Beaver_Lake_Bird_Sanctuary

http://emasnc.org/beaverlake.html

Here is a Great Blue Heron which was slinking around the sanctuary, with his regal plumes drifting at his sides:

Great Blue Heron in the marsh

We found a Great Blue Heron standing stock still in the marshy area near the trailhead.

 

Great Blue Heron

Eventually we got a better view. Just look at that throat plumage!

 

Duck with his head upside down

🙂 This made me smile. How contorted can he get?

This below is a view of ripples going across the lake with the wind.  The ripples you see form what is known as an interference pattern.

Ripples

Well, thanks for visiting.  I’ll be back in a few years, once I’m settled working the job I’ll work and living where I’ll live–once I have time to really give birds the attention they deserve.

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About birdsandbenjamin

I am a resident of the North Carolina foothills and visitor to the mountains who finds great joy in observing and living with one of man's best friends, birds! I have limited photographic equipment, only a Nikon L810 and a pair of binoculars (for long-distance images). Nonetheless, I hope you see the heart behind the images and enjoy the beauty of birds on this blog.
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4 Responses to Winter Visit to Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary

  1. Beth says:

    Those are great pictures, Benjamin, especially for a point-and-shoot. Funny how we began to think the Great Blue Heron was a statue…until he finally moved! I enjoyed the walk with you and the rest of the family and look forward to going back in the spring. I do hope you’ll get a chance to update your blog a bit sooner than a few years—-you’re off to a great start!

  2. Beth says:

    By the way, I’m a little embarrassed to ask such a dumb question (you know my bird knowledge is limited), but was the contorted white bird a duck or a goose?

  3. I do not know! He just looked funny, that’s all 🙂

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