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River Scanner


A large osprey scans the Neuse River near Raleigh for breakfast. Ospreys are different than most large raptors in that their diet consists mostly of live fish. These birds will patrol the Neuse River and Falls Lake for fish near the surface and then swoop down, talons-first, and pluck them from the water.

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Scowl


This hawk seems to have a permanent scowl on his face. There were two of them, chasing each other around and screeching really loudly. I could never get close enough to get a picture, but then on my walk back to my car, one of them landed right in front of me on the powerlines.

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Low Water


Right now, the Neuse River near Falls Dam in Raleigh is about a low as it ever gets. This lets the long-legged blue heron walk about anywhere they want in the river. Even when Falls Dam is releasing very little water, you can still canoe or kayak the river successfully from the canoe launch downstream.

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Lush


Sometimes I am even surprised by how lush and green the Upper Neuse River gets in the heart of the Summer. It is not until you canoe or kayak down the river that you realized how thick and full the vegetation is. Sprinkle in some wildlife who will tolerate getting their photos taken for a

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Bedhead


There are only a few places where powerlines cross the Upper Neuse River near Raleigh. One of them is right next to the Old Falls of Neuse bridge just downstream of the Falls Dam. I was out there the other morning on the river and caught a shot of this guy, who looks like he

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Stripes


There is a place just downstream of the Falls Dam, where there is a big pile of boulders on on the side of the river. Years of rushing water has worn them smooth and left stripes on the rocks where the different water levels have been. When paired with the vibrant green of the plants,

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Cuteness Factor of 10


Not a lot of words here, just some pictures of a tiny deer bounding up and down the banks of the Neuse River across from the Falls Dam Canoe Launch in Raleigh.

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Three’s Company


While quietly drifting down the Neuse River, I paddled over to line up a shot of two big herons in a tree over the river. With the sun rising in the background, I knew I could get them as silhouettes. Just as I was ready to take the picture, I heard this loud screeching sound and

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Winging it


Sometime you just have to throw out a wing to keep your balance. On the Neuse River between Falls Dam and the Neuse River Greenway Canoe and Kayak Launch.

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Springtime on the Neuse


This may be the cutest picture I’ve ever taken on the Neuse River. Watching this family of geese work its way upstream and then watching the parents help each little gosling onto the bank was adorable. As I am kayaking or canoeing down the Neuse River, I don’t generally think of geese as one of

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