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Kings Creek

Hog Island

Eyre Hall

Kiptopeake Bird Banding

Fisherman Island

Hawaii_(Big_Island)_-_February_2011

 

Kings Creek

Kings Creek is one of the most beautiful inlets on the lower Chesapeake Bay. 
The Kings Creek Marina is at the mouth of the creek, and as you follow the meandering waterway inland,
you'll find Herons, Egrets, Ospreys, and Eagles enjoying an unspoiled habitat.

 

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Hog Island

 Hog Island is one of Virginia's uninhabited Barrier Islands.  We were fortunate
to have the opportunity to spend a weekend on the island courtesy of
The Nature Conservancy - it was certainly a weekend to remember!

 

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Eyre Hall

This celebrated 18th century plantation on Cherrystone Creek is one of the most photographed properties in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Eyre family’s prominent Northampton County history began in 1623, when Thomas Eyre arrived to take up land patents here. Now owned by the builder’s 8th generation descendent, Eyre Hall possesses an assured authenticity made possible by continuous family stewardship.  The plantation’s magnificent brick-walled garden, established by John Eyre about 1805, is considered the oldest in Virginia to have been continuously maintained. Encompassing over two acres, the design features parterres lined with mammoth ancient box overhung by towering crape myrtles at least 150 years old.  There is also the family graveyard and romantic orangery ruin dating back to 1819.  The gardens are open to the public year-round, free of charge. Eyre Hall is located on west side of Rt. 13 between Cheriton and Eastville.

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Kiptopeke Bird Banding Station

Since 1963, Kiptopeke was the site of bird population studies.
Sponsored by the Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory and
licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, volunteers capture,
examine, weigh, band and release resident and migratory birds
each year from mid-August through November.
In the raptor research area, hawks, kestrels, osprey and other birds
of prey are observed and banded from September through November.
Although the banding operation is not currently functioning,
Kiptopeke’s hawk observatory is among the top 15 nationwide.

 

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Fisherman Island

Located at the southern tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore about seven miles below Cape Charles,
this National Wildlife Refuge is host to migrating birds, including unbelievable flocks of tree swallows,
and raptors as they work their way north or south depending on the season.  The following images
are from a trip in late November, 2008

 

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Hawaii (Big Island) - February 2011

There is no better way to kill the grueling winter month of February than to stay in Kailua-Kona.  We stayed in a magnificent condo just south of Kailua overlooking the "north inlet" of Keauhou Bay (thanks, Duane and Diane!!).  Following are pictures documenting our stay.  The pictures are split up into six categories as shown in the page index below.  Please note that most pictures are "vacation snap shots" - although not "gallery" quality, they provide many fond memories ...

 Mahalo and Aloha

 

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