A couple of mornings a week, I have been walking in a national wildlife refuge down along the Potomac River. Dyke Marsh, is less than a 10-minute drive from home, at this time of the year I can put the top down and enjoy the wind blowing my hair. There are few people on the trail, I wish more of them were being responsible, but still it is fairly easy to keep your distance and the open air is nice. The Marsh is part of an ongoing wetlands restoration project. For 300 years, it was a source of sand and gravel, with most of the area cleared and drained. Left to its own, sand and gravel collect there, washed downstream at every storm. A couple of barriers have been rebuilt, and the marsh is refilling with sand and stone, and the plants and animals are returning. I have seen a lot of birds, and a couple of beavers. There are eagles nesting in the area, though I have not seen them on my walks, I have seen them soaring over the condo.
For the birds, you have to be fast. Take the picture fast, before the birds fly off to the next branch.
Should I take up birding in my retirement?