Driving into Bethel Beach I spotted some Great White Egrets feeding in the marsh.
Basically, these birds are the white form of the Great Blue Heron.
Then, while walking on the beach, I also spied some "dipper ducks".
I don't think "dipper duck" is a recognized breed or accepted terminology, but it's how my grandparents referred to any duck seen diving under the surface of the water to reappear some distance away.
I am fairly certain these are common Mergansers.
I am also fairly certain knowing this makes me a
nerd intellectual princess.
I'm also certain that while I'm impressed with my camera's ability to take these photos from a great distance and still be somewhat okay, I definitely need to get a grown up camera so I can go from okay to awesome.
Anyway, I also got a shot of this elusive creature:
Frequently spotted in the Tidewater region of the Chesapeake Bay
It feeds on shrimp and is attracted to the scent of wine.
If you like bird watching or see a bird that's unfamiliar and want to determine what species it is, I recommend The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
It even includes a sound clip of the birds' song (and yes, I've been playing with it all morning).