Archives for Eastern Shore of Virginia

Decoy model in Gray’s Sporting Journal

Earlier this month, when one of my photographs led a Bay Nature article that also included a reference to the work of my uncle, conservation historian John Reiger, I wrote that I was delighted to find “two generations of Reiger work appearing in the same feature.” Three weeks later, and it has happened again…although this occasion is less of a surprise. A photo of mine is used as the opening spread of “Allure of Decoys,” an article written by my father, George Reiger, that appears in the November/December issue of Gray’s Sporting Journal.
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Categories: art, birds, Eastern Shore of Virginia, hunting, and photography.

The Bass At Heron’s Foot

Last week, I wrote about the pleasures of pond-side rumination, a pastime that’s generally solitary in nature. During my recent visit to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, however, I didn’t exclusively appreciate “the canal” at Heron’s Foot on my own. One morning, I enjoyed the pond’s terrific largemouth bass fishing with my friend, Fred, and his wife, Jill. It was Jill’s first bass fishing experience, and I got a kick out of seeing her beam as she reeled in her first largemouth.
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Categories: conservation, Eastern Shore of Virginia, fish, invasive species, natural history, and photography.

Pond Reveries

I marvel at ocean life and enjoy time spent offshore, but I’m a freshwater man, at heart. I’m particularly drawn to ponds and streams. They’re neither formidable nor spectacular, but they stir me nonetheless. Oceans, the world’s mighty rivers, and even great lakes can leave us dumbstruck with awe, but ponds and streams offer humility and wonder aplenty, albeit on different, more intimate terms. Because they reward attentiveness and quiet, and dole out their delights to the patient, I like to settle on a pond or stream bank and drift into ruminative reverie, all the while remaining keenly aware of
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Categories: birds, Eastern Shore of Virginia, insects, natural history, photography, and wonder.

The Shifting Baseline

While visiting the Eastern Shore of Virginia this August, I did some offshore fishing with my father and a friend. In my father’s 19-foot Boston Whaler, we ran 8 1/2 miles out from the Wachapreague Inlet to an artificial reef comprised of sunken subway cars, liberty ships, tanks, and other retired military vehicles. We drifted over and alongside this underwater structure, bouncing bottom with swimming lures and hooks baited with live mummichogs and other killifish species that we’d trapped in the brackish water of Finney Creek that morning.
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Categories: conservation, Eastern Shore of Virginia, fish, natural history, photography, and science.

Eastern Bluebirds, House Sparrows, & Tough Choices

When I was a child, our farm’s bluebird nesting boxes were most often used by tree swallows, eastern bluebirds, and European starlings; occasionally, they would be claimed by Carolina wrens. The bluebirds, swallows, and wrens were welcome nesters, but my father waged war against the introduced starlings. During the spring and summer months, routine surveys of the bluebird boxes are important. If a bluebird pair has already brought off a brood and vacated, the empty box should be cleaned out so that another mated pair can more easily take up residence and build a nest. If a nesting starling was
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Categories: birds, Eastern Shore of Virginia, invasive species, natural history, and photography.

Striped Bass Fishing On the Chesapeake Bay

Dad; Chesapeake Bay; Eastern Shore of Virginia; December 2013 This past December, when Elizabeth and I visited my parents on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, we got out on the Chesapeake Bay for some striped bass fishing and sight seeing with my friend, Edward, and my dad. We didn”t catch any stripers we could keep — all were under the minimum regulation size — so it was a catch-and-release trip, but being on the water was very satisfying.
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Categories: Chesapeake Bay, Eastern Shore of Virginia, fish, natural history, and photography.