Gull in Flight

Friday, March 30, 2018,

This is the Greater Black-backed Gull, the biggest and baddest gull in the world. This is the gull that other gulls wish they could grow up to be. Maybe because some of those other, smaller, gulls sometimes end up being eaten by these tyrants.

Yes, the Greater Black-backed Gull is the bully on the beach. When he’s not kicking sand on some poor scrawny peace and sand loving bird, he’s eating their chicks or their eggs. These gulls have even been attack and devour full grown ducks. Nobody can count themselves safe around these guys. JK.

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A White-breasted Nuthatch at Morton Refuge

Monday, March 26, 2018,

These are two pics of a White-breasted Nuthatch. This guy was working an Oak Tree at Morton Refuge. Neither one of these photographs show it, but Nuthatches are one of the very few species of birds that will search for insects on a tree in both up and down directions. Most birds conduct these same searches only while traveling upwards. I really don’t know the reason for this. Maybe they just don’t like looking down. JK.

JK

The Cormorants Are Back!

Monday, March 26, 2018,

The Double-crested Cormorants have returned to our Long Island shores and waterways. These guys are amongst my favorite birds. While other birds look like they’re working for a living – and they are – these Cormorants always look like they’re having fun. They have such a sense of ‘joie de vivre’ about them, as if life’s a game and they’re winning. It’s always a pleasure to see them. I miss them when they’re gone but doubly glad when they return. JK

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Female Cardinal, Three Quarter and Profile Poses

Friday, March 23, 2018,

This is a female Northern Cardinal that I photographed last month. The females may not be as flashy as the males but I think they’re just as good-looking. Certainly, the male Cardinals think so. This female is posing in the classic three-quarter and profile poses. She obviously knows how to work around the camera. JK.

JK