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Archive for April 2009

The Osprey Over the Pond

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Geez. Apologies for the quality of the photo — this darn osprey manages to elude being photographed well every time! I believe this to be the same osprey (or maybe its mate) previously photographed poorly at the duck pond. This time my excuse is that it was rainy, and I wound up exposing for the sky instead of the bird, so it took some photo-manipulation magic to see anything in this picture beyond a black blob.

I promise here and now that before the summer is out I will get a phenomenal photo of this osprey, even if I have to park my butt on the bench for hours every day to do it.

The Osprey Over the Pond
20 April 2009
Quiogue, NY

Flight of the Sanderlings (Part II)

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Part I

Flight of the Sanderlings (Part II)
13 April 2009
Cupsogue, Westhampton Beach, NY

The Alert Owl

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The Alert Owl
17 March 2009
Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue, NY

The Shy Daffodil

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If you’ve been walking around town these last couple of weeks, you’ll already have noticed the daffodils pushing their way into the sun!

The Shy Daffodil
13 April 2009
Quiogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

April 23, 2009 at 6:03 pm

The Egret in the Puddle (Part II)

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Part I

The Egret in the Puddle (Part II)
13 April 2009
Dune Road, Hampton Bays/East Quogue, NY

The Deer in the Driveway

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A deer darted out at one of the wider spots on Dune Road and crossed there — despite my car in one lane and a truck approaching in another. All of us were very lucky that the deer was very fast and had pretty good timing: in her dash across the road, all her limbs elongated beautifully to carry her across to the reeds, and she was not hit.

Of course, where there’s one deer, there’s likely more, and so, pulling over, I began to look over at where she had come from. Lo and behold, her family was standing there in someone’s driveway, staring back at me. They then turned and began to head towards the house and the ocean, leaving their brave family member on the bay side, where she had disappeared into the reeds.

The Deer in the Driveway
13 April 2009
Dune Road, Westhampton Beach, NY

Written by Allison Frost

April 22, 2009 at 10:52 am

The Great, Big, Yellow Eye of the Great Horned Owl

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The big, round, yellow eye and the owl’s expression remind me, funnily enough, of my cat when he gets into the catnip.

The Great, Big, Yellow Eye of the Great Horned Owl
17 March 2009
Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue, NY