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Photo Gallery of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Updated on June 27, 2014
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Wetland.
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Wetland. | Source

"Solitude in the presence of natural beauty and grandeur is the cradle of thought and aspirations which are not only good for the individual, but which society could ill do without." ~ John S. Mill

Facts About Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Prime Hook National Wildlife refuge was established in 1963 under the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act for use as a sanctuary for migratory birds. The refuge is in Milton, Delaware on the western shore of the Delaware Bay and is recognized as one of finest wetland habitat areas along the Atlantic Coast. It consists of 10,000 acres featuring freshwater and salt marshes, woodlands, grasslands, scrub-brush habitats, ponds, bottom-land forested areas, and a 7 mile long creek. Approximately 296 species of birds, 37 different mammals and 38 species of reptiles seek refuge within the wildlife's boundaries including some species which are endangered such as the Delmarva fox squirrel, nesting bald eagles and migrating peregrine falcons. Many species of birds pass through the area every fall and spring.

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is not only an oasis for wildlife but also for people who can get out and enjoy the natural beauty of this area.

The refuge is open to the public for wildlife-oriented recreation. Facilities include walking trails, a canoe trail, a bird blind and other wildlife observation areas, and a visitors center.

The photos in this hub were all taken by Gail Sobotkin during late November, 2011 and October 2012.

Overturned Platform in Wetlands

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Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Wetlands

The views around the wetlands are stunningly beautiful and change momentarily depending upon whether the sun is shining, the sky is dotted with white fluffy clouds or more ominous dark clouds are rolling in. On this late fall afternoon I experienced all three scenarios which made for some dramatically different photos. The wetland area was extremely peaceful and soothing as the only people there at the time of my visit were my husband and myself.

More Views of the Wetlands at Prime Hook

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View of wetlands on clear sunny day.
View of wetlands on clear sunny day.
View of wetlands on clear sunny day.
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The Delaware Bay

The walk onto the Delaware Bay was breathtaking as thousands of waterfowl were spread out along the shoreline and on the bay. Now the near total silence that we'd experienced by the wetlands was a cacophony of squawking waterfowl and rhythmically lapping waves. It is an absolutely thrilling sound and view.


"Everything that ever walked or crawled the face of the earth, swum the depths of the ocean or soared through the skies left its imprint here." ~ Robert M. Fresco

Photos of The Delaware Bay Area of Prime Hook

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View of the sand dune entrance. This was the view to our left when we went over the sand dune entrance of the beach. The geese are so close together that from faraway they look like a white shelled coastline. View from the beach. When I would get too close, the geese would disperse and move to a new location on the beach. A couple of sandpipers on the shoreline.
View of the sand dune entrance.
View of the sand dune entrance. | Source
This was the view to our left when we went over the sand dune entrance of the beach. The geese are so close together that from faraway they look like a white shelled coastline.
This was the view to our left when we went over the sand dune entrance of the beach. The geese are so close together that from faraway they look like a white shelled coastline. | Source
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View from the beach. When I would get too close, the geese would disperse and move to a new location on the beach.
View from the beach. When I would get too close, the geese would disperse and move to a new location on the beach. | Source
A couple of sandpipers on the shoreline.
A couple of sandpipers on the shoreline. | Source

"All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God." ~ Thomas Browne

"Natural Sea Art"

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Natural Sea Art

One of the best things about walking along the Delaware Bay is the driftwood, seaweed balls, seashells, fish egg casings, horseshoe crab shells, soft shell crabs and other natural items that wash up onshore and form what I like to refer to as "natural sea art". I simply photograph it as I find it. Hope you enjoy looking at this "natural sea art" as much as I enjoyed photographing it.


Photos of "Natural Sea Art"

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You Tube Video Series of Prime Hook

For those of you who would like to learn more about Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and experience some more views of this beautiful area I am including a four part video series. Each video is only a few minutes long and is an enjoyable way of expanding your knowledge about wildlife and the importance of preserving refuges such as this one.

Map of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Aviannovice,

    Thanks so much for the positive feedback. So glad you had a chance to visit two of Delaware's Wildlife Refuges. As I'm sure you know, we are in the Atlantic Fly zone for fall and spring migration.

    You're right, the snow geese do tend to settle at Bombay Hook. I've also seen them land on farms adjacent to Rte. 1 in flocks so thick that the fields looked as though they were covered with real snow! Drivers were stopping their cars and jumping out to take pictures, but alas, I didn't have my camera with me that day.

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    Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

    I got to visit the outskirts of Prime Hook once, but have spent a little more time in Smyrna at Bombay Hook, where the Snow Geese tend to settle. You did a wonderful job on this piece.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Ubanichijioke,

    So glad that you enjoyed the hub and photos.

    The Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is the kind of place that feeds the soul because of its quiet, natural beauty.

    Thanks so much for your kind comment.

    Hub Hugs,

    Gail

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    Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

    Nature I?????S? just breathe-taking ???nd awesome. ??? ve just done A???? tasking yet beautiful work. Great pictures too

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Thanks Peggy. I was just enjoying a cybertrip to your lovely Discovery Green Park in Houston and the Art Car Museum.

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi Gail,

    I came back for another look at all of your fabulous photos of the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and your beach art. I can just imagine how being there in person must feel. Enjoyed this just as much as I did the first time. Great hub!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Danette,

    I've been way off in my reading also as I've had company or been traveling and visiting with relatives and friends. Hope to read some of your hubs soon.

    Thanks so much for the lovely comments on all of the hubs you read last night. They're greatly appreciated as is your ongoing support and feedback.

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    Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

    Hi Gail, I'm finally getting back to reading older hubs I missed when school and the holidays got really crazy.

    As usual, your photos are wonderful! As Cara noted, the changing sky adds to them. Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Dolores,

    Thanks for the Christmas gift- I'm honored that you added a link to this hub from yours.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too.

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    Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

    And so they do. A link to this hub does not appear on mine (maybe it's too new) so I added one. Merry Christmas!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Dolores,

    I thought our two hubs worked really well together so I wanted to give readers the opportunity to enhance their experience by going to see yours. Even though it was already showing on the side panel, I thought they might miss the link.

    I totally agree about the peace and beauty of the area. Truly awesome and soul nurturing.

    Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. Your feedback and support is greatly appreciated.

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    Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Hi, Gail - thanks for the link. our pictures are awesome and I love the big sky. I love wetlands, and long stretches of big water. There is a kind of peace there like nowhere else and your photographs really underscore the vast beauty of the place!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Sharyn,

    It is such a thrill to know that I have inspired you to visit my wonderful state. Delaware is small but has many treasures especially in its beaches and preservation of its history. It is a great pleasure to share my state through photos and hubs and I thank you for your wonderful feedback and encouragement.

    Sending Hub Hugs,

    Gail

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    Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    HBN,

    You are SO good at these hubs with "tours" ~ beautiful photos and commentary. You are truly marketing your wonderful state. Maybe you could get paid for all your efforts? I think you should. I would have never thought of vacationing in Delaware, yet, since I have met you, I think about it often.

    Sharyn

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi PDXKaraokeGuy,

    So glad you enjoyed the pictures. I had fun taking them.

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    Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    once again, beautiful pictures.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Starstream,

    Thanks for your kind words. So glad you enjoyed the photos. I appreciate you taking time to leave specific feedback.

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    Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

    Your photos are beautiful... They remind me of watercolors.. and I love the sandpipers

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Welcome Breathing,

    Thanks so much for the kind words which are very much appreciated! Yes, I did read through your profile today before reading your lovely and interesting education through travel hub today. Will be back to read more.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Alastar,

    So glad you loved the photos. I had fun taking the "Natural Sea Art" shots and it was a wonderful walk on the beach.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Oceansnsunsets,

    Thanks for leaving such specific feedback. Am so glad you enjoyed it. I took the photos from around 2:00 to 3:30 and the sun was playing hide and go seek popping in and out between dark clouds.

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    Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Charming photos of Prime Hook Gail. What a treasure and a pleasure to find out about. Liked your "Natural Sea Art" too!

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    Sajib 5 years ago from Bangladesh

    I think this hub had the worth to be the hub of day. Your photo collection was rich and great. Personally I like photography, if you have read through my profile, you may know. I am just impressed reading this hub. Thanks.

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    Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    Happyboomernurse, I very much enjoyed this wonderful hub and photos! What a neat area. Your photos are beautiful, and the area looks stunning. I love how the sky looks, I wonder what time of the day you took these, as its so pretty there. I hope to visit that area one day, I have never been to that part of the country. Thank you so much for sharing. I think my favorites were the birds in the water and the natural sea art. Loved that!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Melovy,

    Ah..your comment has put a wide smile on my face! It's been such a pleasure to be able to share the beautiful area that I live in on Hub Pages. Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment and for your ongoing support.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Welcome Ashok Niroula,

    Am glad you enjoyed it and thank you for taking time to leave a comment.

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    Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

    What stunning photos! I want to visit. I’m not sure the Delaware area is going to cope with all the extra visitors it’s about to get after all these glorious photo hubs you’ve done. The colours are just gorgeous, and the contrast of land and sky or sea in the photos are perfect

    Beautiful, beautiful hub.

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    Ashok Niroula 5 years ago from Kathmandu, Nepal

    thank you so much for really nice pictures and good contents.

    http://www.treksguide.com

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Thanks Red Elf I feel the same way about visiting your hubs. Congratulations on winning the Hub Patron of the Arts for your "A Poem in Four Seasons."

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Audrey,

    So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for leaving a comment.

    We both share a great love of nature.

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    RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

    You take such lovely photos, it's always a pleasure to visit your hubs!

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    Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

    Again - only wish I was there~ Lovely shots of another beautiful place.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Welcome One2get2no,

    Thank you for taking time to leave such a lovely comment. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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    Philip Cooper 5 years ago from Olney

    A wonderful hub....beautiful photos...thank you I really enjoyed this hub.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Martie,

    So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the kind words and vote up. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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    Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

    Gail, this is what I call a paradise. The photo's are stunning. Voted up with the wish Prime Hook was my home.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Will,

    Yes, it's beauty is awesome. So glad you enjoyed the hub and appreciate your ongoing support.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Peggy,

    So glad you enjoyed the hub and photos. I think we're blessed that there are places like this in many different states.

    I appreciate your feedback and ongoing support and thank you for the vote up.

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    WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    What a beautiful place. Great Hub!

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    We have marshlands in our area near the Gulf Coast also. They are very important for the preservation of certain species. Your photos are beautiful...absolutely beautiful! Enjoyed seeing the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge through your camera lens and descriptions. Thanks! Up, beautiful and useful votes.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Eddy,

    So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for taking time to leave a lovely comment. I so enjoy sharing hubs with you and will be over to read more of yours later on.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks for adding such a knowledgeable comment to my hub. It definitely is an ongoing struggle to protect these sanctuaries. Yeah, we have a lot of similar interests and it's always a pleasure reading and learning from your hubs.

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    Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

    Hi Gail thank you so much again for sharing this beautiful hub with us.

    I have to vote up up and away and here's to so many more to share on here.

    Take care,

    Eddy.

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    Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

    Hi Gail,

    Coastal birds and wildlife need both salt marshes and fresh water areas. Fresh water ponds on Pea Island on the Outer Banks were destroyed when the ocean breached into the ponds during Hurricane Irene. It's so sad to see this resting and feeding spot for migrating birds become unavailable during the fall migration season. The National Wildlife refuges have a difficult job trying to maintain the different habitats against the forces of nature as well as humans!

    Your Hub on the Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge is an important reminder of why we need to support wildlife refuges and conservation areas. Besides that -- the hub is just too beautiful to miss!

    I, too, was pleased that some of my hubs focusing on birds and seashores show up in the related hubs! We do have many similar interests! :)

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Aw Hyphenbird, your comment has totally warmed my heart as well as made me blush. I've always been the one in my family who had no artistic talent - sis and mom were gifted but I couldn't even draw stick figures that looked decent! To think that I am becoming a bit of an artist through the use of my camera brings me such joy!

    Thanks so much for your kind feedback and I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub and photos.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    HappyBoomerNurse, you truly are an artist with your camera. The framing, lighting, vision is just always perfect. Your Hubs are informative, a pleasure to read and a joy to view.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Stephanie,

    I was glad that 4 of your hubs showed up in the "related hub" panel!

    Thanks so much for your feedback and support which is greatly appreciated. There was actually a lot of controversy over whether it would rejuvenate but it appears to be doing so. The refuge was initially created with fresh water ponds and marshes which helps different kinds of birds so there is still some controversy and I believe a lawsuit going on. Still, it's a great place for many species and certainly for humans!

    I am always intrigued by the different shapes, textures and assortments of items that clump together and get thrown around the beach so it was fun looking for ones to photograph yesterday.

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    Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

    Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge looks like an absolutely beautiful place! I LOVE your photos of things you found on the beach. It makes me want to take a walk on the beach right now! I found it interesting that the over wash from the hurricane some years ago actually helped rejuvenate the salt marshes. With all the development along the Atlantic coast, the loss of habitat is a serious issue for birds and wildlife. Thanks for a beautiful and interesting hub!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Cardelean,

    Thanks so much for the feedback. Had to go with the pallete that nature created- those clouds took me totally off-guard because it was so gloriously sunny when we arrived and a short time later most of the sky was dark gray and black with just a few patches of white and sun. I realized it could end up being a good thing as it did create dramatic changes so I kept shooting away and was pleased by the final results. The temperature remained a comfortable 60 degrees and it didn't rain so it was more comfortable and pleasant than some of the photos imply.

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    cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

    These pictures are breathtaking. I love how you've shown that just with a change of the sky, the area can look dramatically different. Thanks for sharing your exploration.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Welcome Dr. Bill, it's so great "seeing" you here! Thanks for being the first one to give me feedback. Am thrilled that you enjoyed the pictures and videos. I always need to spend time in nature but during the holiday season I appreciate the tranquility and balance that being in a place like the refuge brings me. It's an amazing stress buster!

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with your family.

    Sending Hub Hugs Your Way,

    Gail

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    Bill Tollefson 5 years ago from Southwest Florida

    I really enjoyed this HUB article. All the pictures and videos were excellent. You gave a great experience to me about a place I have never been, thank you. Awesome and a vote up.