Seaside Dragonlet Dragonfly At Blackwater NWR

On our visit to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland I had the chance to photograph a couple of Dragonflies I never photographed before, the Needhams Skimmer (Female) & the Seaside-Dragonlet (male). We only saw a couple of these at the refuge. One by the first Observation Platform along the Wildlife Drive and the other was at the was in the Marsh Edge Trail area.

Seaside Dragonlet Dragonfly (male), 300mm lens, 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 7D
Seaside Dragonlet Dragonfly (male), 300mm lens 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 7D

Blackwater Great Blue Heron In Tree

I am still going through images from our visit to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge which is 12 miles south of Cambridge, Maryland. The images here are of a Great Blue Heron roosting in a tree along the Wildlife Drive. It seemed like it liked posing for me so I had a lot of poses to choose from. Here are a few from the series of images of the Great Blue Heron. On a few I removed a tree branch here or there. was trying to see which I liked better. All images were taken with a Canon 7D with a 300mm lens with a 1.4X Teleconverter.

The Last In The Series & He Is Saying “That’s All So Move On!!”

DewDrops On Double-ringed Pennant @ Blackwater NWR

When we got to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge we went to the nearest Observation Platform to see what was going on and to also get some panorama landscapes as the sun was just rising in the sky. On the Observation Platform I noticed this Double-Ringed Pennant Dragonfly on a grass stem along the Observation Platform that had a heavy coating of Dew Drops. I had to backup quite a bit because I had the 150-600mm lens on my Canon R camera. I shot a few images handheld @ 600mm but it was 5:30 in the morning and there was not much light. So I upped my ISO to 800 and shot a series of images wide open @ f/6.3 & 1/60 sec. Hoping 1 or 2 in the series would be sharp enough to use. It seemed to work out ok and got a few images sharp enough to use.

Double-Ringed Pennant Dragonfly, 600mm, f/6.3, 1/60th sec. ISO 800, Canon R

Distant Eagles At Blackwater NWR

We finally got a chance to go back to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland to see if we could find some Bald Eagles to photograph. It is about a 4 hour trip from where we live. After getting there we were surprised to see 2 Bald Eagles in a tree right after entering the Refuge. One was on one side and the other was on the other side of the same tree. But those will be in a different post. The images here were taken near the end of the 3.6 mile Wildlife Drive across the water near the exit. There usually are Bald Eagle and Osprey nests in the trees because they can fish right below. The only problem is it is pretty far from where we are on the Wildlife Drive.

View of the trees across from the Wildlife Drive. There are usually many nests in the trees here because the Eagles & Ospreys can fish close to their nests. 17 Vertical Images Panorama, Tamron 150-600mm @ 150mm
2 Bald Eagles in Tree across from Wildlife Drive Exit. Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm, Canon R
2 Bald Eagles in Tree across from Wildlife Drive Exit. Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm, Sigma 2X Teleconverter for 1200mm, Canon R

More Bald Eagles In Flight From Blackwater NWR

A series of Bald Eagle in-flight images taken over a few visits to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. I find Blackwater NWR has one of the largest amount of Bald Eagles in the Northeast and is a fairly easy drive to get there from my home. The Featured Image was a quickly taken 2 shot panorama to get both wingtips in the image.

Bald Eagle in Flight, 400mm DO lens, Canon 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 1D mk IV
Bald Eagle in Flight, 400mm DO lens, Canon 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 1D mk IV
Bald Eagle in Flight, 400mm DO lens, Canon 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 1D mk IV
Bald Eagle in Flight, 400mm DO lens, Canon 1D mk IV
Bald Eagle in Flight, 400mm DO lens, Canon 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 1D mk IV

Ospreys In Flight At Blackwater NWR

I am going through images I had not had time to post when I was working. Being retired now I am catching up on images that I wanted to post. These Osprey images are from a previous trip to the Blackwater NWR years ago. The Featured Image was taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a Canon 7D.

Osprey Heading Towards Me, Canon 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIII
Osprey In Flight – Blackwater NWR, Canon 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIII
Osprey In Flight – Blackwater NWR, Canon 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIII

Northern Harrier FlyBy At Blackwater NWR

A series of Northern Harrier images taken at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. All images were taken with a 400mm DO lens with a 1.4X Canon Teleconverter on a Canon 7D.

Northern Harrier, 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 7D
Northern Harrier, 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 7D
Northern Harrier, 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 7D

Blackwater NWR Bald Eagle

A series of images of two Bald Eagles taken at a previous trip to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge Maryland. The Featured Image was taken near the entrance to the Wildlife Drive. For the Featured Image I was using a Better Beamer Flash Extender to light the Eagle as it was very early in the morning and I did not have much light on my subject far away Eagle. I usually do not use Flash when photographing Wildlife but it was so far off I needed to throw some light on my distant subject that was in the shadows. Image taken with a Canon 1D mkIV, 400mm DO lens & a Better Beamer Flash Extender. Looking at my Raw Data, this Eagle was 115 feet away from me. I hardly ever use the Better Beamer Flash Extender for Wildlife but it just happened to be in the car from a Commercial Photo session.

Second Bald Eagle in a different tree from the First Bald Eagle.

The second Bald Eagle was only 65 ft. away from me and was more in the open so I did not need to use a flash to light the Eagle.

Bald Eagle Images From Blackwater NWR

One of my Favorite NWRs to photograph in is the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. Great variety of subjects from the Wildlife and Great Sunrises & Sunsets. You never know what you will see to photograph. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge hosts the largest concentration of breeding Bald Eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. Bald Eagles in the wild can live up to 30 years, but usually average 15 years. Following are a series of Bald Eagle images from various trips to photograph there.

Bald Eagle, Canon 400mm DO lens, 2X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIII
Bald Eagle, Canon 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIII
Immature Bald Eagle, Canon 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIII
Bald Eagle, Canon 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIII
Bald Eagle, Canon 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIII
Immature Bald Eagle, Canon 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 7D
Bald Eagle, Canon 400mm DO lens, Canon 7D
Bald Eagle, Canon 400mm DO lens, 2X Teleconverter, Canon 1DmkIII

Winter Sunrises & Sunsets At Blackwater NWR

The images here are from Winter visits to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge over a few years. The Featured colorful ice image was taken at sunrise with a Sigma 300-800mm lens @ 300mm on a Canon 20D .

Blackwater NWR, early morning, Canon 1D mkIII, 17-40mm @ 17mm
Blackwater NWR Sunset, Canon 7D, 100-400mm @ 170mm
Blackwater NWR, Sunset, Canon 400mm DO lens, Canon 7D
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