A Cooperative Cardinal

Friday, January 12, 2018,

Here are three pics of an uncharacteristically cooperative Cardinal I saw at Frank Melville Park in Setauket. Cardinals tend to shy away from me when I’m trying to photograph them. This guy was keeping his distance but he stayed out in the open instead of disappearing into a maze of branches.

He stayed on or near this perch for about a minute, striking different poses. This allowed me to get some decent shots before he flew off in search of some winter forage. Thank you for your time Mr. Cardinal. JK

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Gadwall At Frank Melville Park

Sunday, November 26, 2017,

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These are a pair of shots of a male Gadwall at Frank Melville Memorial Park in Setauket. Gadwall are one species of many ‘winter ducks’ that come to Long Island to enjoy our balmy weather. While we might think our winters are cold, these birds find the conditions here less harsh than the northern climes where they generally spend the rest of the year. Gadwalls may not be as fancily colored as other ducks but they do have a certain understated beauty about them. Click on the pics for a larger view. They’re really kind of cool looking. JK

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