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The Cygnets at the Pond (Part II)

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The Cygnets at the Pond (Part II)
27 May 2009
Westhampton Beach/Quiogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

June 23, 2009 at 10:40 am

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

The Egret in the Grass

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A very common scene on the East End.

When I was taking this photograph, a truck drove out and parked behind me. The man came out, talked to me for a little while, about how he had seen that I was taking photos of birds, and if I was interested he had this magazine that was all about animals and conservation. For a split second I thought he was trying to sell me something, but as it turns out he was a fisherman who just wanted to share something that was near to his heart. So, anonymous fisherman, if you’re out there, thank you.

The Egret in the Grass
12 May 2009
Quogue, NY

The Sanderlings in the Tide (Part III)

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The Sanderlings in the Tide (Part III)
13 April 2009
Cupsogue, Westhampton Beach, NY

The Egret in the Puddle (Part V)

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

The Sanderlings in the Tide (Part II)

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Part I

The Sanderlings in the Tide (Part II)
13 April 2009
Cupsogue Beach, Westhampton Beach, NY

The Egret in the Puddle (Part IV)

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

The Sanderlings in the Tide

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These guys were great fun to watch, running back and forth against the tide. It brought back fond memories of doing the same thing as a child, although not quite for the same reasons.

These sanderlings were digging up their meals, insects that can be found by poking at the sand.

Fun fact: the sanderling has a large winter territory, covering coastlines from South America to the northern United States. In the summer, they return to the Arctic to breed.

The Sanderlings in the Tide
13 April 2009
Cupsogue Beach, Westhampton Beach, NY

The Egret in the Puddle (Part III)

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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