Just wanted to let you all know that I'm headed down to Florida for a week long vacation along the east coast. I hopefully will be photographing lots of birds - many of which will shortly be here and some that are only seen down there (Roseate Spoonbill perhaps?!) When I return I'll post some photos of my favorite shots from the trip - and will make an effort to include those true Long Islanders!
So, I leave you with this which I think is plenty appropriate given the fact that I'll be flying south!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I've been spending quite a bit of time at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge lately because of a fox den that is located in an area of grasslands that's easily accessible. I'd never photographed a fox until this week so it's quite exciting for me. As an added bonus, I've been able to photograph some birds in a new setting (since this area is not a place I've frequented much in the past). As you can see above, I was lucky enough to photograph a Peregrine Falcon this past thursday (a female, based on size) at the mouth of the Carmans river via boat. Today I spent a little time waiting for the fox (only 1 kit showed) so I spent the rest of the time photographing the birds that were hanging around. Enjoy.
Osprey (part of a nesting pair):
A Snowy Egret flew over against the overcast sky:
Lastly, a Tree Swallow sat patiently near a nesting box:
To learn more about the birds and mammals you can find on Long IslandI highly recommend John Turner's Exploring the Other Island: A seasonal guide to nature on Long Island
Sunday, April 3, 2011
|Nikon D300s 300 f4 + 1.7X TC, f/8, 1/1600s, ISO 400, -.33 EC|
The early spring arrivals were busy today eating all the fish they could catch. The Great Egret of course going for much smaller sized meals than the big osprey - but with talons like those it makes catching fish much easier!
|NIkon D300s 300 f4 + 1.7X TC, f/8, 1/1600s, ISO 400, -.33 EC|
There were about 5 Great Egrets along Dune Rd. stalking the marshes and I look forward to seeing more wading birds, including Snowy Egrets and Yellow-Crowned Night Herons in the months to come.
If you want to learn more about these birds or where to find them on Long Island, order a copy of John Turner's Exploring the Other Island: A seasonal guide to nature on Long Island