March 2019
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Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
This month, we continue our look at local National Wildlife Refuges and shift our focus to Bombay Hook NWR near Dover, Delaware. This refuge is one of our most frequently visited locations for photography, and definitely one of our favorite go-to places. Situated further north than Blackwater NWR along the Atlantic Flyway, Bombay Hook is one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic covering more than 16,000 acres. Established in 1937, it plays a vital role in the protection and conservation of migratory birds and is a nationally recognized birding spot attracting visitors from all over.

There is a 12-mile wildlife drive which meanders through a variety of habitats, and several hiking trails and observation towers which provide ample opportunities for viewing and photographing the wildlife. 
Orchard Oriole
Photography by: Debbie Jordan

We love the birding opportunities at Bombay Hook and have sometimes seen upwards of 45 species of birds in one day. (And, yes, we do keep a count!) The male Orchard Oriole pictured above is one of the beautiful species we sometimes see at Bombay Hook. He resembles the Baltimore Oriole, only his coloring is more rust than orange The female, whose coloring is more of a golden color, resembles a female American Goldfinch. The out of focus grasses and trees in the background (referred to as BOKEH) and the contrasting colors of the bird make this photo one of my favorites.
Just Around the Bend
Photography by: Debbie Jordan

One of the reasons I love Bombay Hook is the opportunity to see and photograph Red Foxes. Although very much wild, the foxes living on the refuge are accustomed to vehicles and people traversing their land. As long as you stay a good distance away and do not disturb them, the opportunity can sometimes present itself to photograph them as they go about their everyday activities. For example, the photo above was taken on a late Spring morning right after "Momma" brought back breakfast. There were four hungry kits, and we were treated to the pleasure of watching the kits play together after they had dined on the morning's catch. As mom was about to leave to go in search of another snack, one kit came up alongside her and appears to be asking what might be found just around the bend.
Photography by: Debbie Jordan
There are several nesting boxes on the refuge, although most of the time we find the boxes empty. Sometimes, however, you get lucky and there is a resident peeking back at you from one of the boxes. On this particular day, I got lucky and there was a Red-Morph Eastern Screech Owl enjoying the warmth of the sunshine. It definitely did not look pleased to see me, giving me an angry look of disgust. I stayed there only a brief time, long enough to capture a few photos, and then left the owl to nap to its heart content.
Pink Marsh Morning
Photography by: Debbie Jordan
Nothing is quite like the mornings at Bombay Hook NWR. Whether it's a cold winter morning or a warm and humid summer sunrise, the views are amazing. Sunrise over the Delaware Bay with the marsh in the foreground and the beauty of the sky are amplified by the sounds of a multitude of birds awaking to the morning. This is my stress-relief. This is my peaceful place, and this is Bombay Hook.
We enjoy Bombay Hook NWR so much that we produced a photo book depicting some of the wildlife we have found at this beautiful refuge. Click here for more information.
So, we hope you will check out Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge - or a refuge near you - it's worth the drive!
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