Category Archives: Spring 2009

A Ferocious Fisher

I have been waiting for egrets to return in large numbers to a pond where I photographed them last year. The wait is over. This morning Snowy Egrets were fighting for fishing space, causing them to puff out their feathers to look as menacing as possible. Here is a ferocious fisher who got lucky.

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Also posted in Egrets

An Evening With the Royals

A second evening with the Royal Terns produced pretty good results.

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Also posted in Shorebirds, Terns

Last One Standing

A lonely Coreopsis is one of the last standing in what was a sea of yellow two weeks ago.

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Also posted in Wildflowers

Black Necked Stilts

A biology professor I had in college asked us to think about the color of animals. He said that an animal’s color scheme was the product of evolution and makes them more succesful in their world. A successful individual is able to eat more and breed more. The color, or more accurately, pattern of Black Necked Stilts is interesting to think about. How does this pattern make them more successful in their environment?

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Also posted in Shorebirds

Mud Turtle Mug Shots

I don’t recall that I have ever stared into the eyes of a Mud Turtle before, but tonight I had the chance to do just that. Who knew they were so green.

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Also posted in Turtles

Royal Terns

Royal Terns are nesting now. This colony is working cooperatively to protect eggs from predators and taking turns fishing.

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Also posted in Terns

From the Archives

I have been lucky finding egrets fishing on many occasions when I go out to photograph wildlife. Here is is one from the archives. The bottom photo is detail of the water swirls around the head of the egret.

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Also posted in Egrets

Willet Return

Willets are one of the harbingers of spring along the coast of Delaware. Returning each year from winters in eastern South America, they too take advantage of the protein found in Horseshoe Crab eggs.

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Also posted in Shorebirds

Blowin’ in the Wind

This grass was blowing in the wind this evening along the edge of a Delaware Bay marsh.

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Also posted in Scenics

Red Knots Landing

These Red Knots are landing on the beach to enjoy fresh crab eggs. Thank you Delaware Bay.

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Also posted in Shorebirds