It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane. . . !

The Osprey’s diet consists almost completely of fish.  David Gessner (who calls himself an ospreyologist) writes in his book, Return of the Osprey, that the osprey is the only raptor to dive completely under water to go after its prey.  The bird can hover  50-ft. or more  in the air to spot a fish, then dive headfirst  at 40 miles per hour, yet still hit the water upright, talons extended to grab the fish in its sights. As it hits the water, it closes its third eye lid, which acts as goggles so he can see the fish.  Ospreys always reposition the fish in their claws so that the fish are head first, the most streamlined way to carry them. Image The Osprey military craft was well named;  it can hover, and go rapidly into a climb or a dive, also.osprey-hovers-over-the-flight-deck-as-tests-resumed-on-the-aircraft-this-week-md

If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes. – Charles Lindbergh

 

Auld Lang Syne

Old Ford, NC

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Snow Hill, NC

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Home can never be expressed,
Till the soul has found its rest.
Home is transient here below,
And its term we cannot know:
It is like the sun’s last ray,
Dying with departing day.
Home is like the robin’s nest,
Now in downy feathers drest,
But tomorrow nowhere found,
In the air or on the ground.

JESSE H. BUTLER, “Home”

 

Seeing the Sunrise From the Ground, Up

Plymouth is one of a number of historic small, scenic  towns along the rivers and sounds of northeastern North Carolina near the Outer Banks.  The largest town in Washington County, its population is less than 5,000, most living outside the town limits.

Established in 1787, Plymouth became the scene of the second largest Civil War battle in North Carolina less than a century later.  The railroad and port accessibility were critical to both sides.

The town has maritime and wildlife museums, along with nationally recognized museum of Civil War artifacts.   Other popular tourist delights include a lighthouse,  beautiful historic homes and buildings,  as well as a  riverfront boardwalk.  It is a great spot for birdwatching.

BroJoe visited the town recently and saw it from a different perspective.

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Sunrise and Wicked Tuna

Sunrise, Pea Island, 2/1/14

Sunrise, Pea Island, 2/1/14

Pretty peaceful, huh?

Things became much livelier at the beach when the filming of Wicked Tuna got underway later in the day.   Wicked Tuna?  It’s a National Geographic series filmed in Massachusetts which is now adding a Southern twist,  filming in the waters of the Outer Banks.  Here’s a link to tell you about it:  http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/01/10/national-geographic-channel-greenlights-spinoff-series-wicked-tuna-north-vs-south/228374/

And here’s a photo of part of today’s shoot:

Wicked Tuna

Wicked Tuna