Yesterday, December 27th, brought new nature experiences to ‘The Intrepids’. Bill Rawlyk, Jeanette Hooban and I zoomed down to the Heinz Refuge, below the Philadelphia Airport, in 45 minutes. Armed with many layers of winter gear, we were amazed to discover not only sun but warmth, upon exiting the car. Come discover with us, scene-by-scene, beginning inside the rather palatial Visitors Center.
The rainbow effect is from the plexiglas, which holds many effigies of nature’s creatures, of land and water, and sometimes both, which one might find while wandering Heinz Refuge. Often, the three of us caught welcome whiffs of fox territorial markings, during our hours on the trail.
We would be treated to an immature bald eagle, hunt-coasting over the impoundment, which of course generated flight in every duck on that water.
Ducks are quite wary here, perhaps because of constant noise of airplanes overhead, trains approaching and departing and hooting, and this day, frequent muffled nearby gunfire, for it is hunting season. That shoveler is all alone, over to the right in the shadow of bare trees.