Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Edit: After speaking with John Turner, it has been pointed out that this is almost certainly a Common Tern and not a Roseate - based mostly on the short tail as opposed to the Roseate's deeply forked tail. What through me off was the bill coloration as Roseate's do get a black/red bill, but generally they are more black than this, so with that, thank you John for setting me straight (as usual).
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Well considering it's been 3 weeks since I last made an update to my blog, you can guess that summertime is slow time when it comes to birds. I've been off photographing rare flowers, toads and turtles (all of which can be seen on my sister blog: www.WildLongIsland.blogspot.com). So in light of the lack of feathered subjects, I'm going to post some archival images for your viewing pleasure. The theme here (incase you can't tell) is flight. (Above/Below: Gyrfalcon from October, 2009)
Some Common Terns from "Tern Island":
A Black Crowned Night Heron made its way back to its roost a few months ago along Dune Rd. at sunset:
In April, this Osprey successfully harassed some gulls for a crab legs snack:
Recently, a Juvenile Osprey tested out its wings at Cupsogue County Park:
A few minutes later I was photographing this Black Skimmer that gracefully cut the water in search of food:
Lastly, November provided this Mallard gem... if only I hadn't clipped the wings.