Atlantic Mud Fiddler Crab

Wednesday, August 7, 2019,

About a month ago, I posted a pair of photos of a female Sand Fiddler Crab. I see them quite often at certain shorelines. The crab pictured here is new to me. Its coloration is completely different than the Fiddler Crabs I usually see. This is a male Atlantic Mud Fiddler Crab of the species Uca pugnax. When I first took these pics, I was unsure of what I had so I did some online research. That led me to believe that this was a Mud Fiddler. Then, I emailed my friend Patricia, who used to be an educator at the Long Island Aquarium, and she confirmed my guess. It’s good to have informed friends.¬†Patricia has a photo blog of her own, which is downright stunning. You should check it out.¬† JK

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Up Close and Personal With a Great Egret at Frank Melville Park

Wednesday, July 31, 2019,

These are two closeup photographs of a Great Egret that I saw at Frank Melville Park in Setauket. There is a pair of these that visit the park every day. They may even live there. As you may know from reading my previous posts about Frank Melville, I am a big fan of the park. And so, apparently, are the Great Egrets and many other birds. On the same day that I took these photographs, I also saw a Kingfisher, a Green Heron, and a Black-crowned Night Heron. All are regular visitors to Frank Melville. Maybe you should visit as well. I think you’ll like it there. JK

A Terrapin at West Meadow Creek

Tuesday, July 30, 2019,

This is another Diamondback Terrapin that I found at West Meadow Creek in Setauket. I realize that from the angle that I took this photo that this turtle may look small but this is a case in which looks are deceiving. This beauty is a full grown female Terrapin and she is returning to the creek after having laid her eggs on shore. JK