Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Photography Excursion
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna Delaware
Each photography excursion we go on is an adventure. Having both photographed Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge several times, we were both pretty excited to make the early morning trek.
The gates open about an hour before sunrise and the beautiful lighting provides the perfect opportunity to photograph the many unique residents. Our initial goal was to photograph the flocks of seemingly thousands of snow geese. However, the roads only travel so far and they decided to nest in a more remote location. This didn’t deter the availability of the many other kinds of waterfowl and shorebirds. Although not uncommon, we were surprised to see wild turkey, a whitetail deer, and several tundra swans!
Our lenses were entertained by the presence of harriers, wood ducks, mallards, bufflehead ducks, several red-tailed hawks, a bald eagle, white and blue herons and of course many Canadian and snow geese that flew overhead without stopping. During one of our hikes we heard a barred owl pairing calling to one-another but despite our best efforts, we did not see them. Being a wildlife refuge, we didn’t have to leave the car or even the road to view some of animals. Particularly, we had a red fox cross the road and into the bushes right in front of us.
We look forward to returning at other times during this winter season. Possibly even before sunset!