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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 Terrell River “Monster”

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D accompanied me recently to Terrell River County Park (previously mentioned here), where we spent a few pleasurable hours wandering the trails.

Along the way, though, something caught my eye — a small, dessicated thing, a Dead Thing, that was not immediately identifiable. Fortunately D likes to poke at things with a stick, and he turned it over to its less rotted away side.

Although I had hoped it would prove an unidentifiable mystery, like the Montauk Monster (or whatever it was that washed up in Southold), upon closer inspection this appears to be simply a dead bird’s head. It keeps going around in my mind that this is a cormorant’s head, but I am not entirely sure.

Another view here and here

The Terrell River “Monster”
26 May 2009
Terrell River County Park, Center Moriches, NY

The Fawn in the Woods (Part II)

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The same fawn first mentioned here.

The Fawn in the Woods (Part II)
03 November 2008
Wildwood State Park, New York

Written by Al

November 5, 2008 at 11:25 pm

The Fawn in the Woods

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When at Wildwood, my mother and I found ourselves wondering one thing — in all of this preserved woodland, where were the deer? After all, if they can roam Main Street in Westhampton Beach, why not these woods?

Off in the distance, the sound of maintenance trucks roared, and all of a sudden, at the top of the hill on the path in front of us crossed four or five deer, from one side of the woods to the other. We approached the side they crossed to cautiously, wary of scaring them, but it seemed they were more curious than frightened. They stared at us while our cameras went click click click.

The Fawn in the Woods
03 November 2008
Wildwood State Park, New York

Written by Al

November 3, 2008 at 11:22 pm

The Leaves in the Trees (Part II)

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Who says you have to go upstate or to Vermont or New Hampshire to catch some great foliage? We have tons right here on Long Island (as the backs of many Long Islanders who have to rake can attest).

A visit to Wildwood State Park up on the North Shore (read: rocky beaches, the Long Island Sound instead of the Atlantic Ocean) yielded a few beautiful shots, including this tree lined camping ground.

The Leaves in the Trees (Part II)
03 November 2008
Wildwood State Park, New York