Laughing Gull at Bombay Hook NWR.

It’s still pretty slow at the local spots, so I went back to Bombay Hook in hopes of finding something interesting. I actually didn’t find as much variety as last time, but there were plenty of birds and the light was good. It got seriously hot early, and I left sooner than usual, but it was worth it.

Egrets and Herons were well represented, and I heard Bob Whites in several places, but couldn’t get one to pose.

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These Mute Swan Cygnets were a nice find, as I haven’t seen young Swans before.

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I’ve been surprised several times at how large a fish a Great Blue Heron can swallow.

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I saw over a hundred Great Egrets.

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This close-up of a Black Skimmer’s beak shows the difference in length of the upper and lower beaks.

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A small flock of Glossy Ibis was feeding in the marsh.

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This juvenile Bald Eagle wasn’t having much luck with his fishing.

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This Laughing Gull was acting like a Skimmer.


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