Birds, Birds, Birds of the Nat. Seashore on Cape Cod

merlin fluffedIt seems like where ever I go, so too, merlins follow!  I was out biking in the Nat. Seashore and look who I come across, a merlin.  This baby was sitting on the same branch in the middle of the dunes that a week ago I saw a beautiful osprey.  It seems a good perch is hard to find.  There is a great fishing spot that both a king fisher and a great blue heron have shared all summer long.  Take a look.  Remember, you can click on any pic to enlarge it.

The merlin (a type of falcon) took off so quick I only caught him on the far left of my camera frame.  Like a rocket!

The merlin (a type of falcon) took off so quick I only caught him on the far left of my camera frame. Like a rocket!

close up of the merlin taking off.  Wow!

close up of the merlin taking off. Wow!

An osprey using the same perch as the merlin in the dunes.

An osprey using the same perch as the merlin in the dunes.

Ready for take off...

Ready for take off…

Here's an osprey I photographed in the high dunes.

Here’s an osprey I photographed in the high dunes.

One of my fav's, a belted kingfisher sitting on the fishing perch.

One of my fav’s, a belted kingfisher sitting on the fishing perch.

And a great blue heron wants the same fishing perch!

And a great blue heron wants the same fishing perch!

Although this is a green heron, I think they should be called purple herons!

Although this is a green heron, I think they should be called purple herons!

Another shot of the green heron.

Another shot of the green heron.

Semi-palmated plovers were all over the place in the past two weeks!

Semi-palmated plovers were all over the place in the past two weeks!

A male red breasted merganser in full spring breeding plumage.

A male red breasted merganser in full spring breeding plumage.

High summer brings young birds to the ocean.  Here is the brood of red-breasted mergs.

High summer brings young birds to the ocean. Here is the brood of red-breasted mergs.

Three of the hatchlings from this years red-breasted merganser brood.

Three of the hatchlings from this years red-breasted merganser brood.

This is one of my favorite shots this summer.  Can you see the ruddy turnstone?!

This is one of my favorite shots this summer. Can you see the ruddy turnstone?!

What is this...a yellow legs!

What is this…a yellow legs!

Terns resting at the Nat Seashore on their migration south.

Terns resting at the Nat Seashore on their migration south.

To end my blog, here are some long-billed dowitchers all lined up for a great art photo!

To end my blog, here are some long-billed dowitchers all lined up for a great art photo!

About John Body

I live in Western Massachusetts, in the incredibly beautiful Connecticut River Valley. I've been hiking, kayaking, and tracking wildlife throughout the Valley with lots of photos and videos that people may like to see. Whenever I travel I also take my cameras just in case I see great scenery or wildlife. My passion is wildlife conservation so I try to attend wildlife workshops and land preservation events (Habitat, Habitat, Habitat!). When I get a chance, I videotape the experts, they're just so knowledgeable and inspiring. I hope you enjoy my posts.
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