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:

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.


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.


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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