CP Winter Birds

On Saturday January 8th 2022 I joined up with the Sierra Photo NYC group for an afternoon photo shoot. We covered The Lake and part of the Ramble. The highlight for me was a very tame Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) who came so close I had to back off to photograph him. House Finches were at the feeders in the Ramble. Two more posts on this day to follow.

Winter Grasslands

Shawangunk Grasslands NWR in March of 2021. I reworked and enhanced these two photographs. I haven’t been able to get out to shoot more new ones. The background in the bluebird picture is not the original one.

Shinnecock

There is a Native American reservation out at the end of Long Island, New York in Suffolk County. We passed by the controversial billboard tribe put up for profit State Seeks to Stop Work on Second Shinnecock Billboard | The East Hampton Star. We went to Southampton Cemetery to buy grave plots for our green burials. It a good idea to plan ahead. I filled out the book “I’m Dead. So Now What” (catchy tile) so our next of kin or will know what to do when the time comes. Now that is done I can forget about it.

After a lovely seafood lunch at the Canal Cafe (thecanalcafe.com) we went to look for snowy owls. The caretaker, Eric, is a birder too and told us about the owls. I spotted 2 way off in the dunes. There was a women trespassing onto the dunes. Very bad behavior. After that I spotted another one a little closer to us on the crest of a dune along Shore Road.

Green-Wood

More pictures form our excursion to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. The last photograph shows three obelisks. The third obelisk in the background is the Freedom Tower in Manhattan.

Heron at Green-Wood

We drove around Green-Wood Cemetery on Sunday. Marc captured the first two shots of the young Great Blue Heron.

Rye and Meadowlands

We had a lovely trip birding with the Linnaean Society of NY to Rye Playlands and the Meadowland Conservancy in Westchester County, New York. The highlights were a flock of Snow Buntings, a Cooper’s Hawk, and a White-Fronted Goose.