Views Away from the Bluff

These photos are from mouth of the Gloucester harbor, on the southern side of Cape Ann, and the mouth of the Merrimack River. I was in Gloucester the same morning as I was on the bluff highlighted in the previous post. I made a trip to the river later in the week to get ahead of the Nor’easter I spoke of in that post. The ocean was busy on that side of the Cape too as you can see from this shot of the breakwater at the harbor.

There were ducks enjoying the relatively calm water on the inner side of the breakwater. These are Gadwalls with their distinctive black butts. A female Red-breasted Merganser was hanging out with them.

The Merganser took off for another part of the harbor.

This part of Gloucester Harbor, Eastern Point, is a perennial hangout for one of my favorites, Buffleheads. They were constantly flying in and out of the sheltered area inside the breakwater. These landed not too far from I was standing.

This little guy flew right in front of me.

A few days later I was at the mouth of the Merrimack River. There were the usual thousands of Scoters, but they aren’t the only birds on the water.

Now I am looking forward to a fairly sunny week. But it will be time for winter gear, extra batteries and a numb shooting finger. Luckily I have a good supply of hand warmers.

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