Synonymous with Chesapeake Bay, a Great Blue Heron reacts with a threat display to another Heron that flew over head.  It is North America's largest Heron, and the only other species that is more associated with the Bay is the Blue Crab.
 A Great Egret stands stoically in a tidal marsh at twilight.  Unlike the Great Blue Heron, the Great Egret is a seasonal Bay resident from Spring through Autumn.  Though more are being seen during the winter than in years past .
 The largest concentration of nesting Bald Eagles on the east, second to the Florida Everglades, is found in Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.  During the winter months transient Eagles can also be found throughout the entire Delmarva peninsula.  The Eagle was removed form the Endangered Species Act in 2007, a testament to conservationists who saved our national symbol. 
 A relatively new visitor to the Shorelines, specifically Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, is the White Pelican.  A few years ago a flock began wintering at the refuge and has returned ever since.  White Pelicans normally do not winter this far north.
 A Northern Harrier hunts over the marsh at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.  The "Marsh Hawk," as they are sometimes colloquially referred to, has been known to hide within the marsh and pounce on prey species.  I had been photographing this bird a few hours before sunset but it had disappeared into the refuge soon afterwards.  As I set up a "postcard" shot the bird returned and flew into the landscape giving the image life (no pun intended).
 With the Bay as a backdrop, Sea Oats waft along to winter winds.  A type of wetland grass, this particular plants provides excellent protection along the shorelines of the Chesapeake.  Its root system is incredibly strong as it can hold together sand and soil in the most harsh and powerful storms. 
 The Eastern Shores of the Watershed is a critical wintering area for waterfowl.  Tundra Swans, Snow Geese, Canada Geese, and others come together by the thousands where the marshes provide a buffet of nutrients to feast on. 
 While kayaking along the rivers adjacent to the Bay this Osprey flew overhead, giving me the morbid fascination that this must be similar to the last view an unsuspecting fish sees before a successful hunt.  From March until September Osprey's can be seen all over the Bay nesting and feeding their chicks.
 A mixed Lobolly Pine/Hardwood Forest common in the Delmarva Peninsula portion of the Eastern section of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  It is a bastion for the endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel and nesting habitat for the Bald Eagle. 
 An uncommon Arctic visitor to the region is the Snow Bunting, which can be found on beaches, rocky outcrops near water, and farmland.  It winters in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed where they can be seen in flocks foraging amongst grasslands.  A ground dwelling species, males leave for their Arctic nesting grounds in March and April to find and defend prime nesting habitat.  The females will join them a few weeks later.
 During the peak of fall migration thousands of ducks can be viewed along the rivers and tidal marshes that flow into the bay.  Scaups, Canvasbacks, Redheads, and Wigeons are some of the familiar species that are seen regularly here.
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