Found at Ocean City Inlet Maryland


On Martin Luther King Day, I woke up at 4:00am for a drive out to the beach. Wanting to arrive for dawn, I shot the beach the lazy way. Handheld and high ISO’s. I then quickly changed my lens to the beast – the 500mm L, in hopes of some beautiful birds along the sunrise.


While I thought it was a great idea, it turned out to be a bad idea. As I had discovered that I had left my iPhone at home, and didn’t have a second camera with a regular lens on it. As I turned around with the sunrise to my back, and the sunrise was reflecting beautifully in the clouds about Ocean City. The colors were muted purples and pinks. Alas, I was unable to capture the full scene as I wasn’t prepared.


I was in search for a number of wintering water birds in the inlet. Trolling the inlet for about four hours, I met a number of birders, even a couple from Illinois was there. Loons were bouncing in the waves. Every once and a while, you’d hear their haunting call.

When I had arrived at 6:45 a.m., a tourist went out on the rip-rap and flushed out a flock of little birds. It wasn’t until about 10:00am until 34 charming Purple Sandpipers returned to sleep on the rocks. Watching them, I saw several of them hopping around on one leg. I was starting to think that the flock had some kind of genetic defect. Come to find out, they like to hop around on one foot as the other one suddenly appears.


Bouncing up and down in the surf was a large number of long-tailed ducks. I could have spent all day trying to capture them. My poor lens and camera was having such a hard time keeping focus on a moving bird in moving waves.

Long Tailed Duck

Long Tailed Duck

It was a long day and when I returned, this is how I felt




18 replies »

  1. Emily this may ne one of my FAVORITE blogs of yours. There’s beauty, humor, movement, and REAL. I love it. Every inch. Right down to the last perfect shot to capture what you felt. And the shot of those purple sandpipers took my breath away. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. ………. Did I tell you that I really liked this post? πŸ™‚

  2. You are a great photographer. Even as you didn’t capture the entire ferris wheel (?) the purple hue by itself is enough, there’s little more for it to compete with, like your awesome birding. These images, among so many of your others, really are inspiring to budding amateurs such as myself. The silhouette of the…gulls (?)… is artistic and priceless. Many years ago I saw some common Loons from a distance and they quickly became favorites of mine; I love their simple coloring and low profile to the water. These you’ve caught are no less wonderful.

    Long-tailed duck, another first for me, but you did very well to capture it in moving water. I particularly like how this photo caught the water coming up over its breast.

    Hats & Horses is right that this blog is full of character. The yawning bird at the end would make for a great picture to have framed around the house…then again, we wouldn’t want to be encouraged to be anymore tired!


  3. I’m always amazed and humbled about your kind, thought provoking and extensive comments that you leave for me. LP. I’ve been photographing birds pretty intently this past year and a half, and I’m starting to learn how to make some of these images either more artistic, or show the personality and expressions of the bird (animal, etc.)

    It’s what allows us to transmit our humanness to nature and find a deep connection.

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