Cuteness on the Rocks

Monday, March 16, 2020,

Time for some nearly unbearable cuteness. I took these photos back in January but I was unable to post them here at that time. Joe Kayaker was down due to technical problems that I needed outside help to fix. (Thank you Mike.) This is a young Harbor Seal I found in Westhampton. For anyone interested, a framed version of the above photo will be available as a raffle prize at this year’s Taps and Talons Festival at the Sweetbriar Nature Center on September 20, 2020. JK 

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A Snowy Egret at MNSA

Thursday, October 24, 2019,

This is an immature Snowy Egret. You can tell that it’s a juvenile by the legs. Adult birds have all black legs to go with those golden feet, while this one’s legs still have some dull yellow coloration. I took this photo at the Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside. Both of these images are the same photograph, just different crops. I couldn’t decide which I liked better so you get to see both. The closer crop above gives you a better look at this Egret’s features, including those lovely gams. Meanwhile, the image below showcases that lovely blue water that this beautiful bird is perched above. I hope you folks will enjoy both of these images. JK

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An Oystercatcher Feeding Its Chick

Wednesday, September 11, 2019,

Here’s a trio of photographs of an adult American Oystercatcher bringing food to the table, I mean, beach. The unlucky breakfast item is a Mole Crab, a favored menu item here at Nickerson Beach. Oystercatchers enjoy a varied diet. At other locations, I have seen them tackling Mussels and other bivalves.

Mom, or Dad – both parents feed their youngsters – dig up the Mole Crabs and bring them to their chicks. At this age the young Oystercatcher probably already knows some of the basics of foraging but its folks are still looking out for it. It takes lot of work to produce the next generation but that’s what it takes for the continuation of the species.And these guys are a truly beautiful species. JK

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