This Grackle seems to have learned a few things from the Sanderlings on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It waited for the waves to bring tiny mollusks and crustaceans into the shore and then tried to catch them before they dug into the sand. I captured this image just as the Grackle realized the wave was a little too big.
This young hawk, perched high above the Rappahannock River was carefully watching everything going on below it.
I’ve had trouble identifying this hawk. I believe it’s a juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawk but if anybody knows differently I would appreciate your thoughts.
The light begins to fade at the end of a day of paddling.
A Green Heron patrols a small beach along the river bank.
The damselflies on the Rappahannock River come in a wide variety of colors. I thought this red one was particularly colorful.
Two friends head down river at the end of a day of paddling.
My friends I and were on a multiday canoe trip on the Rappahannock River in July. One evening we rounded a bend in the river to see massive storm clouds building down river. Fortunately the storm took an alternate course and we were spared scrambling ashore to wait it out.
This small Eastern River Cooter was basking on a sunny log in the Rappahannock River as a paddled my canoe past it last July. I don’t know much about the turtles of Virginia so I may have misidentified this one.
Goldfish and water lilies at the Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, VA.