I was privleged to spend a long weekend there at the beginning of November, with a group from the NY Littoral Society, lead by Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian, Queens, NY. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/nyregion/jamaica-bay-a-wild-place-on-the-edge-of-change.html?pagewanted=all
|How we spent the weekend. |
The weather was stormy.
|There were Great White Egrets everywhere.|
|In the trees|
|Feeding frantically in the marsh|
|With a juvenile White Ibis|
|In the shrubs|
|Reflecting on life in the marsh|
|There were also Great Blue Herons|
|This one sat near the road for over an hour,|
providing delight to numerous photographers.
I believe it is a three year old.
Some birds neglected to pose. These included Kingfishers, Eagles and Northern Harriers.
Chincoteague is also known for it's "wild" ponies. They are not really wild, but managed by the Chincoteague Fire Department. Nevertheless they roam the island relatively undisturbed. Their provenance is uncertain..perhaps from a shipwreck.
|A mare, possibly pregnant, |
or just bloated from her feed.
|See the paint brand on this male.|
|Another pretty pony|
|The skys had cleared by the time we had to leave|
On the way back to New York, we stopped at the Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge in Delaware.
Getting a bit lost, I caught only one straggling Snow Goose (life bird) from a large flock. Consensus was, that he(?) would probably not survive, having lost his flock.
There were Avocets (also life birds) out of my camera range..& these Dunlins were feeding in front of the Avocets.
The star of the show for me tho' were the Red Foxes. Closest look at these beautiful creatures I've ever had!
|Time to say goodbye..|
|As the sun set.|