Tag: flora and fauna

Seven Swans a-Swimming

  Well, maybe not seven.  There were only two.  But they put on quite a show for anyone passing by the Sodus Bay inlet. I’ve written elsewhere about how mute swans are not native to the U.S.  Even though they’ve been here for more than 150 years, they still nurse a grudge — not sure exactly why, but they do. They can be really … Read More Seven Swans a-Swimming

The Streak

. . . with apologies to Ray Stevens 😉 Sometimes you just need lots of fps, a bright, sunny day, and a subject with no shame.

An Unusual Find

A black crowned night heron.  Well, call it a “black crown” if you wish, but I never saw one that extends all the way down your back, and I don’t know how active these herons are at night.  So, “black crowned night heron” might be a little misleading. “Hunched-over flat-headed blue-and-white heron” might be more accurate albeit less flattering. All I know is that … Read More An Unusual Find

LeRoy Island

There is not much about Leroy Island that would make it stand out among the several small islands and peninsulas dotting Sodus Bay. It’s accessible by a pretty-much-one-lane bridge, where there are no signs blaming your GPS for misdirecting you; in fact, there is a sign welcoming you– as long as you are a fisherman who promises to take your trash with you when … Read More LeRoy Island

Frenzied Fishing

But that’s how the Caspian terns do it — a nonchalant flyover that begets a frenetic flying frenzy!  They circle and hover for several minutes in crazy cycles before suddenly and spectacularly dive-bombing for the prize. The prize could be a crayfish but more likely is an unlucky fin fish, which the tern will immediately make short work of.  And as soon as it … Read More Frenzied Fishing

So Weird.

Grebes, they’re so weird. We have the (ubiquitous) pie-billed type here.  They’ve come back stronger, I think, this year. . .or maybe I just didn’t notice them as much last year as I do now.   They’re cute little things, like tiny ducks with a fancy-looking bill.  But they’re definitely weird. They like to hide in the vegetation that grows in marshy water, but they … Read More So Weird.

Pretty Woman. . .

. . .the kind I’d like to meet (on the side of the road in an old cornfield!)

Wildlife Drive Is Open, No Foolin’!

Probably the most visited part of the sprawling Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Wildlife Drive, a 3.5 mile loop that allows visitors to take a hike from the comfort of their own cars. And today, April 1st, the gates were opened to welcome birders (and photographers) to the 2020 observation season.  Even CoVID-19 could not prevent this long-awaited event — in fact, it’s one of … Read More Wildlife Drive Is Open, No Foolin’!

Political Photography

This is something I hate to do, but hard times come with hard choices  😦 New York City has a big problem.  And the residents of the small Wayne County town of Butler want it to stay in New York City.  They want no part of it, And why would they?  Raise your hand if you don’t mind having 10 tractor-trailers, each bearing 30 … Read More Political Photography

Signs of Spring

Maybe CoVid-19 can afflict the world population and threaten the global economy, but it can’t stop the world from turning or the seasons from changing. And yes, my dear readers, spring is here!  If you don’t believe me take a look at some sure signs of spring: Pussywillows!   Swans gliding upon silky water   Winter aconite (?)   Ducks,   Daffodils   Blackbirds … Read More Signs of Spring

They’re Back!

Who’s back?  The great blue herons, of course. There are just a few right now.  Maybe they are the hardy ones who stayed here over the winter, fishing in any open water they could find, or maybe they are the first to arrive after weeks of travel on the Atlantic Flyway.  Who knows, but in any event in a week or so as the … Read More They’re Back!

The Most Disdained Birds in America

They really didn’t do anything to deserve it.  Nonetheless, they are the birds we love to hate — crows, starlings, and mute swans. Actually, they are kind of pretty.  Crows are dark and sleek.  Starlings have such cute little polka-dotted tummies (much like a miniature Kate Spade bag).  They both make a terribly unpleasant noise, but crows are quite useful to the human population … Read More The Most Disdained Birds in America

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