Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife refuge

While at Kennebunkport Maine, we wanted to check out the birds in that area...and there's no better way of doing that other than going to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife refuge. It's about 2 miles away from where we stayed during our vacation. So we packed our stuff and headed that way.

This guy was basically posing in front of us.

He then flew a bit further.

We got there at around 10 am. The weather did cooperate this time. We got rain the past week, like almost everyday. We parked the car and got our stuff.

The trails were actually good. Not muddy from the previous rains, and the trail wasn't searing hot. It was the perfect temperature. No mosquitos either.

This is a view from one of the platforms. You can see the sea from a couple of miles away.

The center had an information building where we got a poster and tons of info regarding Rachel Carson. We learned about the different things they do in Maine to preserve their wildlife. It really was similar to nature centers here in Illinois.

The trail basically is a loop of around 1 mile which was really enjoyable to walk. There are a lot of viewing platforms where you can take shots of birds going around their daily business. There was also a mini lake where I'm pretty sure there are days where the birds go there and look for food. During our stay, we didn't see any though.

I only had like 3 seconds to shoot this before the bird was gone.

Bords here in Maine seem to be less cautious towards humans.

 Tall grass in front of the lake. I knew I had to shoot this before we left.

I highly recommend the nature center to visitors around that area. Make sure you have a really long lens though when you go. I had my 400mm when we did.

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