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Occoquan Bay NWR

The Occoquan Bay NWR was established in 1989 where the Occoquan River meets the Potomac River.  There are over 4 miles of trails in the 642 acre site that was once an Army base.

Unidentified flowering vine.

Unidentified flowering vine.

This turtle didn’t enjoy sharing the trail with me, and it took him quite a while to peek out to see if the coast was clear.

Eastern Mud Turtle

Eastern Mud Turtle

Another unidentified flower with a curious globular structure.

Globular flower.

Globular flower.

The Chesapeake Bay region attracts lots of eagles and osprey.  Some roosting platforms set up here host new families of osprey.  The nesting materials are significant, including branches which appear to be an inch or more in diameter.  If you look very closely, you can just see a chick’s eyes peering out from under the mother’s left wing, reminding me of the old “Kilroy was here” cartoon.

Osprey with chick

Osprey with chick

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Occoquan Bay NWR

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Mark Bobb

Mark Bobb loves to travel and do photography in his free time.

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