Jun 172017
 
Gaviota Reidora Americana (Laughing Gull) Leucophaeus atricilla

Durante mi viaje a Cuba y en los días de estadía en Varadero he podido conocer y fotografiar a esta Gaviota, creo que junto al Chichinguaco, fueron las primeras aves que ví cuando salí de la pieza del hotel para irme a desayunar. Ya en la playa estas gaviotas hacían de las suyas, muy audaces […]

Aug 292016
 
Whimbrel At Carlos Pointe: Part II

The Whimbrel that had been reported daily at Carlos Pointe for nearly a week prior to my visit was of course not guaranteed to be there. The Whimbrel was difficult to identify as it was found to be loafing with its bill hidden in its right wing while surrounded by Marbled Godwits and Willets. The […]

Aug 252016
 
Whimbrel At Carlos Pointe: Part I

Although there was a very welcome breeze at dawn on the morning of 11 August, I was not prepared to walk miles from Carlos Pointe at Big Carlos Pass along Little Estero Lagoon with the temperature already at 78 degrees. The primary purpose of my visit to the freshwater pool at Carlos Pointe was to […]

Jul 022016
 
Summer Florida Birding Beach Tour: Part I

A very rare setting full strawberry moon was observed on the summer solstice this week with the occasion not to return again until June 2062.         The moonset above (image 1) was photographed at Siesta Key Beach in June 2016. Celebrating the occasion was my birding expedition to Access #5 at Siesta […]

Apr 212016
 
Bunche Beach Preserve:  Sunrise West End

Recent days, weeks, and months have offered great birding possibilities at Bunche Beach Preserve in South Fort Myers.           The Reddish Egret with prey above (image 1) was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2016. An early April visit to Bunche followed my January visit when an American Flamingo was […]

Jun 162014
 
Reflected Gull

This laughing gull was bobbing up and down on swells in the East River near the Brooklyn shore. The moving surface of the water distorted and redrew its reflection. “Silence. How long it lasted, I couldn’t tell. It might have been five seconds, it might have been a minute. Time wasn’t fixed. It wavered, stretched, […]

Feb 162014
 
A series of oil spills sully Caribbean paradise, coating mangroves and wildlife (photos)

On December 17th, officials first discovered a massive oil spill in the Caribbean-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Since then, a series of oil spills have been discovered, coating beaches, sullying mangrove forests, and very likely decimating wildlife in Trinidad’s Gulf of Paria. The oil spills have been linked to the state-owned oil company, Petrotrin, […]

Jan 242013
 
A Few Highlights from Recent 2013 Birding in Costa Rica

I apologize to the folks who keep checking this blog for a new post. Guiding, writing, and finishing an app. for birding in Costa Rica have occupied most of my time and explain my virtual absence. As you can probably imagine, the birding in Costa Rica has been wonderful and I might be close to […]

Dec 152012
 
Winter Plumage

I took this photo of a laughing gull in non-breeding plumage at the end of September in southern New Jersey. Laughing gulls, Leucophaeus atricilla, loose their sleek black hoods as summer ends.Breeding season is over by then and they no longer have to look their best to impress potential mates.If you didn’t know better you […]

Nov 292012
 
Key Biscayne’s Fragile Ecosystem

Key Biscayne in Miami, Florida, is part of my frequent travel destinations. I saw several juvenile laughing gulls with different plumage. Key Biscayne lies south of Miami Beach and east of Miami. The village is connected to Miami via the Rickenbacker Causeway, originally built in 1947. The construction of hotels and several condominium complexes in […]