Snowy plovers are uncommon small shorebirds mainly along the coasts. The picture of this Snowy Plover eating Insects was taken at the mudflats near Boca Chica beach. The picture of this Snowy Plover eating insects was photographed with the Canon 5D Mark III Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II with the 2X extender.
To hear the sounds of the Snowy Plover, click on the arrow below.
The picture of this Common Tern Pair was taken at Nickerson Beach in Nassau County, New York. The picture of this Common Tern Pair was photographed with the Canon 5D Mark III Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II with the 2X extender.
To hear the sounds of the Common Tern, click on the arrow below.
The picture of this American Oystercatcher Juvenile was taken at Nickerson Beach, New York. The picture of this American Oystercatcher Juvenile was photographed with the Canon 5D Mark III Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II with the 2X extender.
To hear the song of the American Oystercatcher, click on the arrow below.
This very handsome Laughing Gull was photographed at the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. The Laughing Gull’s species name is cachinnans, which is a 10-dollar word that comes from Latin and means to laugh heartily.
The American White Ibis breeds along the Atlantic coast, from the Carolinas south to Florida. The American White Ibis is found in a variety of habitats, although shallow coastal marshes, wetlands and mangrove swamps are preferred. This photograph was taken at the Audubon Swamp in Charleston, South Carolina.
During a bill throw, the Brown Pelican arches its neck back, lifting its large bill upward and stretches its throat pouch. This is a form of preening. This picture was photographed on a coastal marsh in Sunbury, Georgia.
The picture of this Great Blue Heron was taken at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, New Jersey. This photo was taken with the Canon 5D Mark III with the Canon 100-400mm lens during a recent winter visit to the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. This Great Blue Heron was in hunting mode standing statue-like, stalking fish and other prey in shallow water.
Atlantic Brant leave breeding grounds in the eastern low arctic, in early Sep and assemble in large concentrations in James Bay, where they remain for several weeks building up fat reserves. They depart overland, most flying nonstop to Jamaica Bay and the other nearby estuaries of the greater New York City Area and New Jersey where they arrive late Oct/early Nov.
The Great Black- backed Gull was actively hunted for eggs and feathers during nineteenth century; now protected from both forms of exploitation. Exploitation all but stopped in U.S. and Canada as result of growth of conservation movement and protection of birds. The Great Black-backed Gull is the one of the largest gulls in the world.
Double-crested Cormorants often stand in the sun with their wings spread out to dry. They have less preen oil than other birds, so their feathers can get soaked rather than shedding water like a duck’s. This picture of this immature Double-crested Cormorant was taken at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on a somewhat foggy, misty day.
Herring Gulls are one of the most familiar gulls of the East Coast and many people just call them “seagulls.” In fact, some two dozen different species of gulls live in North America, and they present almost endless opportunities for identification.
Greater Yellowlegs is common, tall, long-legged shorebird of freshwater ponds and tidal marshes, the Greater Yellowlegs frequently announces its presence by its piercing alarm calls. The photograph of this Greater Yellowlegs was taken at the newly constructed blind on the East Pond in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
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
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.