COLD DARK ROOM

Maro2Bear

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It’s a solid 60 degrees outside here today & sunny & bright. I’m just back from a few hours on the water. Gusty start, but I was able to stay out of the direct wind and found lots of calm coves. Lots of bird activity, many mature and immature Bald Eagles, a pair of Tundra Swans, Great Blue Herons, one Pileated Woodpecker, many geese & ducks.
Many soaring vultures, hawks as well.

An Icy Cove
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Spring-Like Morning
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An Abandoned Fishing Hut
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Here’s a quick YT video (less than a minute) of today’s outing.

 

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You have done everything there is out there Maggie. How are ya at fishing??
When I was 10 or 11 there abouts, I was forced to go from my home in San Francisco to spend the summer with my sister her 3 (og!) kids and dum da da dum...her husband, yep she really was married (he died) and she was a mother. To move on, Sonny (her hubby) was a fisherman and he took me fishing up off a slew. He taught me how to bait my hook with worms, minnows or Velveeta. So this summer I was there because my parents were having a new carpet installed. Moving on, Sonny took me fishing a number of times and i liked it. But I didn't catch much. The day before I was going home I caught 7 baby blue gill, Sonny said I should throw them back but I wanted to take them home. I stuffed them into a jar with water, put on the lid, and the next morning, was put on a Greyhound bus for the 250 mile trip home. I held those damn fish on my lap the whole way. Then I took 3 buses across San Francisco, I walked the 6 blocks carrying that jar, walked in the house and up the stairs with the brand new carpet, and tripped, and dropped that jar at the top of the stairs, so broken glass, stinky water, and dead fish spilled all down that new carpet. Never did get the smell out
 

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CDR VIirtual Vacations presents On this day 2020: We drove to Bluff on the South Island, parked up the car and caught the small passenger ferry over to Stewart Island. You can’t get much further south in New Zealand. The island is loud with birdsong, particularly Tui. Oban, the tiny town, was our base for the next couple of days.
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After checking into our motel, we went out on a cruise round the bay and were lucky to see a very rare yellow-eyed penguin. These birds are solitary in habit.
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Also Buller’s Albatross with their beautiful eye makeup,
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loads of White Capped (aka Shy) Albatross, (our boat skipper had fish scraps),
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Stewart Island Shag,
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lots of Little Blue Penguins...
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and Fur Seals of course!
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After dinner in the pub, we went for a night time stroll around town and saw three Southern Brown Kiwis. They simply roam the streets at night! The one phtographed was on the verge right outside our motel. They’re much bigger than the Little Spotted Kiwi that we saw in Wellington.
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Maro2Bear

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Soooo Serene...
Even the two ducks were like “ could you please get outta here!”
No covid for miles!!!
Loved it!

Yes...those two “ducks” are Tundra Swans that haven’t flown back North yet. It’s just too nice & cozy in these little areas along the Chesapeake Bay. Plenty of food, protected calm waters. I was able to take a 15 sec video of them taking off & gently flying away.
 

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CDR VIirtual Vacations presents On this day 2020: We drove to Bluff on the South Island, parked up the car and caught the small passenger ferry over to Stewart Island. You can’t get much further south in New Zealand. The island is loud with birdsong, particularly Tui. Oban, the tiny town, was our base for the next couple of days.
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After checking into our motel, we went out on a cruise round the bay and were lucky to see a very rare yellow-eyed penguin. These birds are solitary in habit.
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Also Buller’s Albatross with their beautiful eye makeup,
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loads of White Capped (aka Shy) Albatross, (our boat skipper had fish scraps),
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Stewart Island Shag,
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lots of Little Blue Penguins...
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and Fur Seals of course!
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After dinner in the pub, we went for a night time stroll around town and saw three Southern Brown Kiwis. They simply roam the streets at night! The one phtographed was on the verge right outside our motel. They’re much bigger than the Little Spotted Kiwi that we saw in Wellington.
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Your pictures are just breathtaking. That jellyfish, omg!
 

Cathie G

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CDR VIirtual Vacations presents On this day 2020: We drove to Bluff on the South Island, parked up the car and caught the small passenger ferry over to Stewart Island. You can’t get much further south in New Zealand. The island is loud with birdsong, particularly Tui. Oban, the tiny town, was our base for the next couple of days.
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After checking into our motel, we went out on a cruise round the bay and were lucky to see a very rare yellow-eyed penguin. These birds are solitary in habit.
View attachment 319216

Also Buller’s Albatross with their beautiful eye makeup,
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loads of White Capped (aka Shy) Albatross, (our boat skipper had fish scraps),
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Stewart Island Shag,
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lots of Little Blue Penguins...
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and Fur Seals of course!
View attachment 319222

After dinner in the pub, we went for a night time stroll around town and saw three Southern Brown Kiwis. They simply roam the streets at night! The one phtographed was on the verge right outside our motel. They’re much bigger than the Little Spotted Kiwi that we saw in Wellington.
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Amazing photos.😊
 

Cathie G

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Yes...those two “ducks” are Tundra Swans that haven’t flown back North yet. It’s just too nice & cozy in these little areas along the Chesapeake Bay. Plenty of food, protected calm waters. I was able to take a 15 sec video of them taking off & gently flying away.
I had to watch a second time since Chefdenoel10 said there was ducks. My phone is small and I don't always catch everything. Pretty.
 

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CDR Virtual Vacations presents On this day 2020: We had an early start and magical tranquility on the quay waiting for the boat over to Ulva Island, a reserve with pristine NZ forest, for some bird watching. Many of the birds are subspecies unique to the Stewart Island group.

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Stewart Island Weka
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In the afternoon we hiked out to Ackers Point and saw a fishing boat come in surrounded by Albatrosses. These islands are truly beautiful.
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Where is everyone today? It’s oddly quiet in here.

I’ll quickly polish the jellyfish and see if I can find anyone. I keep tripping over Montgomery in the gloom. Our aardvark coffee table is lonely.

Over this side of the pond, our hallway is stacked with boxes. Daughter moves to her new flat in south west London tomorrow. Ideally they’ll all fit in our Volvo estate, but it may require my car to be filled as well.

She decided she wanted cheese fondue for her last night dinner, so it’s being prepared now and we have a nice bottle of red wine to accompany it.
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