One of the very cool things about Maine is that you don't have to ride for hours to get close to nature. This National Wildlife Refuge is hard by the highway, a dozen miles from home.
Extending out into the water is a quite sturdy porch, complete with benches, binoculars, and camera rests.
Since the binocular cases were empty ...
This gull enjoys a fresh Maine seafood dinner
While he doesn't have to pay our high tourist prices, he does have to protect his dinner table.
First, a loud warning...
...then prepare for incoming dive-bombing swallows
Nonchalantly turning his head, the gull ignores the birds, who are a mere annoyance, not a real threat