Birds in Flight

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle in Flight

Bald Eagle in Flight

Bald Eagle in Flight

The Bald Eagle dwarfs most other raptors, including the Turkey Vulture and Red-tailed Hawk. These regal birds aren’t really bald, but their white-feathered heads gleam in contrast to their chocolate-brown body and wings. The picture of this Bald Eagle in flight was taken at the State Line Lookout on the Palisades in New Jersey.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Flight

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are eastern North America’s only breeding hummingbird. But in terms of area, this species occupies the largest breeding range of any North American hummingbird. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird beats its wings about 53 times a second.

To hear the call of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, click on arrow below

Snowy Egrets

Snowy Egrets Sparring

Snowy Egrets Sparring

Snowy Egrets Sparring

Snowy Egret hostile displays involve crest-raising and rasping calls . Upright posture and moderate plume erection proceeds in low-intensity displays (Snap, Stretch) to full attacks with inclined body and fully erected feathers.

Click below to hear the hostile display sounds of the Snowy Egret

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Despite their impressive size, Great Blue Herons weigh only 5 to 6 pounds thanks in part to their hollow bones—a feature all birds share. This picture of the Great Blue Heron coming in for a landing was taken at the East Pond of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

American Oystercatcher in Flight

American Oystercatcher in Flight

American Oystercatcher in Flight

American Oystercatcher in Flight

True to its name, the American Oystercatcher is specialized in feeding on bivalves (oysters, clams, and mussels) and uses its brightly colored bill to get at them. These conspicuous birds tend to roost on beaches, dunes, or marsh islands near their foraging sites, and rarely venture far inland. The picture of this lovely American Oystercatcher in flight was taken at Nickerson Beach on Long Island.

To hear the call of the American Oystercatcher, click the arrow below

Call of the AmericanOystercatcher