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Monthly Archive for "February 2009"



Photography Wild Delmarva on 26 Feb 2009

bombay hook sunrise

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The sun was a big yellow ball rising behind a salt marsh hummock at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge this morning.

photograph by Kevin Fleming

Photography Wild Delmarva on 25 Feb 2009

delaware snowstorm

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Winter visitors to the peninsula, Snow Geese are a treat for bird watchers and a nightmare for farmers trying to grow winter wheat. Snow Geese love to feed on the green crop but a flock this size can strip a wheat field very quickly. The farmer chased these geese off a Kent County, Delaware field this morning.

photograph by Kevin Fleming

Photography Wild Delmarva on 21 Feb 2009

wind and light

 

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Today dawned very clear so I decided to see what patterns the recent cold, winter winds had sculpted on the dunes. I found this fence buried in a fresh, new dune near Indian River Inlet.

Photograph by Kevin Fleming

Photography Wild Delmarva on 18 Feb 2009

delaware bay coral reef?

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The incoming tide washes over what looks like coral heads on the Delaware Bay. Only exposed at low tide, these Sabellaria spinulosa worms are known for their coral-like reef-forming where they live in tubes built from sand or fine gravel. When they congregate in large numbers the tubes clump together and form mounds and reefs. Ross Worm is common name for these unseen critters and their honeycombs provide shelter for clams, crabs and oysters. Photographs by Kevin Fleming

Photography Wild Delmarva on 17 Feb 2009

snow goose sunset

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As the sunset light filters through a Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge woods last night Snow Geese take off from a field. Photograph by Kevin Fleming

Photography Wild Delmarva on 09 Feb 2009

bombay hook bluebird

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A male Eastern Bluebird surveys the surroundings at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna today. Photograph by Kevin Fleming

Photography Wild Delmarva on 09 Feb 2009

moonlight

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The full moon rose tonight behind the pilothouse of a crab boat in Leipsic, Delaware. Photograph by Kevin Fleming

Photography Wild Delmarva on 09 Feb 2009

wild turkey

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Photographing wildlife can be both frustrating and challenging at times. On the way to Hoopers Island, Maryland on Saturday I came across a flock of about 40 wild turkeys. Without a doubt the most turkeys I had ever seen. But getting close and photographing them proved difficult. Hopefully I will get another shot at this impressive flock of birds. Photograph by Kevin Fleming

Photography Wild Delmarva on 03 Feb 2009

cleared for takeoff

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Tundra swan use their large webbed feet to lift themselves from the water on their long takeoff runs. Once airborne, they fly with an unmistakable grace and beauty. These swan were on a fresh water pond near Milford yesterday.

Photography Wild Delmarva on 01 Feb 2009

salt marsh camouflage

 

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cam⋅ou⋅flage

noun, adjective, verb, -flaged, -flag⋅ing.

–noun

the act, means, or result of obscuring things to deceive an enemy, as by painting or screening objects so that they are lost to view in the background or foreground.

By definition, American Bittern are masters at the art of camouflage.  Raising their striped necks they blend in with the salt marsh background.   Photograph by Kevin Fleming