Photos of the Month: April

From backyard birding, to walks along the neighborhood beach, and wildlife webcams, we're staying home while still experiencing all the Chesapeake Bay region has to offer! Take a look at some of the major news and photo highlights below from us, our partners, and supporters.

Do you have a favorite Chesapeake photo you took this month that you'd like to submit to be featured as one of our Photos of the Month? Upload your digital photo here or tag us in your photo on your public Twitter or Instagram. We look forward to seeing your photos!

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Had to go a little earlier in the day to get these shots, but it was definitely worth it. Being at the lake when it was still dark out was weird. There was a feeling of both being alone and hyper connected at the same time. A feeling we all know too well right now. First shot:a double crested cormorant lands in the water Second shot: A beaver swims through water at sunrise Third shot: George soars above the lake looking for breakfast Fourth shot: A chickadee takes off from a branch #sunrise #audubonsociety #birdsofinstagram #nature #naturephotography #coldmorning #lake #hiking #beaver #raptorsofinstagram #eagle #baldeagle #baldeaglesofinstagram #cormorant #cormorantsofinstagram #chickadee

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Flight of the Dragonfly. They live their lives as if they had just been told they only have six months to live. Quickly moving from resting place to resting place, Dragonflies exert tremendous surges of energy, demanding a perch for moments of rest. They a have a very important job to do. Eating mosquitoes. Maybe that’s why we revere them as a sign of good luck. One dragonfly alone, can kill and eat hundreds of mosquitoes per day. With invisible wings moving at 30 flaps per second, dragonflies can maneuver at great speeds. As mystical as they are practical, Dragonflies are the subject of many stories. As legend has it, they only live for one day. Which brings us back to my original statement asserting that Dragonflies live their lives as though they only have six months to live. It’s because it’s true. Six months is their average lifespan, one summer of eating mosquitoes. _________________________________________ #dragonfly #dragonflies #insect #insects #insects_of_our_world #insectphotography #insectlovers #insectphoto #nature #naturelover #cynthiaherrickphotography #natgeo #yourshotphotographer #smithsonianmagazine

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Almost looks like this Blue Jay is offering a gift up to the gods. It is an old piece of zip tie that he was flying around the yard with. Think twice about how trash is discarded. The world around us is a gift. Let’s not lose such a precious gift. #earthdayeveryday . . . . . . . . . #cmflattenthecurve #bluejay #nuts_about_nature #nuts_about_birds #audobonsociety #nature_perfection #birds_nature #birds #birders #wildlifephotography #birdsofinstagram #birdphotography #birdphoto #birdlife #birdlover #birdwatching #bestbirdshots #bird_captures #birdsonearth #featheredfriends #animallovers #rva #rvaphotography #richmond #richmondva #animalloversofinstagtam #virginiawildlife #rva #nikond850 #teamnikon

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