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The Cygnet Affronted

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The Cygnet Affronted
01 June 2009
Westhampton Beach/Quiogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

June 20, 2009 at 10:39 am

The Snowy Egret in the Speonk River

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A bicycle trip in the opposite of my normal direction yielded a sighting of a pair of little green herons (whose portraits did not turn out well), a kingfisher (also unlucky in his pictures) and a few egrets, the most photogenic of which was this snowy egret in the Speonk “River” (really mostly a stream).

(Mostly unrelated: in looking for more information about the Speonk River, I came across this article from the NY Times, dated 02 March 1896. What an interesting piece of history, and how lovely for the NY Times to make it available to anyone curious enough to read it!)

The Snowy Egret in the Speonk River
01 June 2009
Speonk River, Speonk, NY

The Cygnets at the Pond

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The Cygnets at the Pond
27 May 2009
Westhampton Beach/Quiogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

June 16, 2009 at 10:16 am

The Egret in the Wind

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The Egret in the Wind
20 April 2009
Dune Road, East Quogue/Hampton Bays, NY

Written by Allison Frost

June 15, 2009 at 10:14 am

A Willet, Preening

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A Willet, Preening
12 May 2009
Dune Road, East Quogue (?), NY

Written by Allison Frost

June 12, 2009 at 10:13 am

The Goslings a-Swimmin’ (Part III)

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The Goslings a-Swimmin’ (Part III)
12 May 2009
Quogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

June 11, 2009 at 10:12 am

Turf Wars: Egret Edition

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The bird in flight on the right is a snowy egret: the other two are great egrets.

Turf Wars: Egret Edition
20 April 2009
Dune Road, East Quogue/Hampton Bays, NY

The Dirty Daffodil

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The Dirty Daffodil
27 April 2009
Main St, Westhampton Beach, NY

The Mystery of the Big Dead Fish

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For a few weeks, at low tide, this giant fish corpse could be spotted on the bed of the south side of the duck pond. Where did it come from? Did someone throw it in there? Did an osprey drop it? Or had it wandered up Aspatuck Creek from the bay on its own? Are there usually fish that size in this body of water, and we just don’t usually see them?

The Mystery of the Big Dead Fish
19 May 2009
Duck Pond, Quiogue/Westhampton Beach, NY

The Giant Ducks of Kaler’s Pond

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Across the highway from the Terrell River County Park, there is Kaler’s Pond (AKA Mill Pond), a beautiful little park in its own right. (It’s host to a playground and the Audubon Center.)

These giants of ducks were spotted along the shore, sitting amidst seagulls and Canada geese. I suspect they are hybrids of two different species, as they were the size of the geese, but (mostly) the coloring of mallards (there were others not pictured here).

The Giant Ducks of Kaler’s Pond
Kahler’s Pond, East Moriches, NY