Graeme and I spent the morning at Bombay Hook NWR, and had a very good day! We started with a Peregrine Falcon, and went on to a Least Bittern and a Common Gallinule, two life birds.
I had several overexposures because the light was much better than I’m used to. Must check more often.
The locals told us the Spoonbills hadn’t been appearing, but we got lucky on the second go around, and found them quite close to the road.
Avocets, Stilts and Ibises rounded out the list.
Glossy Ibises are quite striking.
Bombay Hook is a reliable place to find Black Necked Stilts.
This Common Gallinule is a first for me.
We saw about 35 Wood Ducks. These are first year birds.
There were thousands of Semi Palmated Sandpipers.
Many Great Blue herons were fishing in the marsh.
A few dozen Forster’s Terns were rapidly fishing.
My best look at a Laughing Gull this year.
You can often find Goldfinches in the growth by the roadside.
This Least Bittern was quite ar away, and I overexposed the shot. Lesson learned.
This Least Bittern was quite far away, and I overexposed the shot. Lesson learned.
Two of many dozens of Great Egrets we saw.
We were lucky to get a good look at these rare visitor.