I just spent three marvelous days at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore. Weather was clear and sunny and in the 60s! This is the first of several installments about the trip…there’s too much to share in just one post!
Friday morning I started the day walking the Chincoteague NWR Wildlife Loop…the air was calm and the water was smooth as glass. My first encounter was a Great Blue Heron feeding in a narrow channel. As I moved closer and closer, the heron didn’t seem to mind my presence and I ended up sitting on the concrete wall of an outflow right at the edge of the water and took over 200 photos of the handsome guy. He had found an abundant supply of tiny fish and was not about to give it up just because some stupid human wanted to take his picture! Then I discovered two immature Little Blue Herons in a dead tree so I spent some quality time with them as well. It’s interesting that immature Little Blues have pure white plumage which changes to slate blue after their first year. Further along the loop, I took some nice photos of White-throated Sparrows and a Savannah Sparrow but the Yellow-rumped Warblers were a whole different story! Flitting here and there, they didn’t stay in one place for more than a second or two, but perseverance rewarded me with a few photos that are slightly blurry but good enough for painting references. Here are a few photos form that first morning. Enjoy and stay tuned for more posts about this trip!