I’m spending the next couple of days at Shenandoah River State Park in Virginia. It’s a beautiful park. There’s over 1600 rolling acres, fronting the Shenandoah River near the entrance to Shenandoah National Park. We’re staying in one of their cabins, a beautiful place, fully furnished, very reasonably priced. It’s far enough in the mountains that there’s no phone connections, but they do have wifi at the visitor’s center. Though the weather and lighting haven’t been great, there are lots of birds about. I even saw a Redheaded Woodpecker earlier today. Here are a few birds I’ve seen so far.
I’ve spent the last few days at a beautiful spot on the Eastern Shore, Wades Point. While the property is now run as an inn, it originally was a private farm owned by Thomas Kemp, a master shipbuilder who designed and built many ships for the fledgling United States Navy during the war of 1812. Kemp built the brick manor house that still stands on the property in 1821. His son enlarged the home later in the 1800’s, and the property remained in the Kemp family until 1984, when it was sold to it’s current owners. Almost a half-mile of the property is waterfront, some of it is still farmed, there’s a large pond on one side of the property and a very small one on the other, and a nature trail runs all along the property edge. In short, it’s a great place to walk, to relax, and to watch the wildlife.
Spring showers bring their own beauty, and this past weekend, the birds continued to feed through the rainstorm.
I finally broke down and spent the money for a new 150-500mm zoom lens. It’s taking awhile to adjust to the difference in weight and perspective, but the challenge is a fun one! One thing I noticed right off the bat is an increased ability to catch the bird when the bird’s eye is reflecting the available light source. It’s something I worked with over the weekend, with variable results.