This little blur is a swallow. They scream up and down the river chasing insects and bringing them back to their mud nests attached to the underside of the Falls of Neuse Rd bridge.
A peek through a gap in the trees finds an osprey scanning the Neuse River for breakfast. From the Neuse River Greenway Trail in Raleigh.
The herons were out in full force this weekend. It must be that time of year, because they were all chasing each other around and making themselves look pretty. This one spent half an hour fluffing up his feathers before being chased from his spot by a bigger heron.
Herons are pretty skittish birds and even with the fast-moving Neuse River between us, he was constantly aware of what I was doing. This was right at the mouth of Falls Dam (the only place you’ll see whitewater on the Neuse).
Breakfast, anyone? This osprey surveys the river in between bites of a fish he caught. Along the Neuse River Greenway Trail in Raleigh.
The sunrise is reflected in water flowing out of Falls Dam in Raleigh.
Deer are one of the more elusive creatures along the Neuse River. An early morning kayak or canoe down the Neuse River near Raleigh will sometimes let you get a glimpse of a deer. They are generally in small groups and won’t stick around once they see you. I got this picture looking across the
A steamy morning finds a couple of geese cranking down the Neuse River towards some unknown destination. It is not often that you get a top-down look at geese, but some of the banks along the Neuse River Greenway Trail let you look down on the river from a pretty high vantage point.
The rising sun reflects behind a goose down on the Neuse River near Raleigh. This guy (gal) was part of a pair who were standing on this log and honking incessantly to each other. Geese are a pretty regular sight when you are kayaking or canoeing down the Neuse River.
Most people don’t realize how close they are to nature. I came across this sandbar along the Neuse River that was covered with deer prints. The sandbar was literally a stone’s throw from the Neuse River Greenway Trail. People often ask how we get the pictures we do. Be quiet and go slow. Like, ridiculously slow.