Along the East River



I took a cold walk by the East River today. , , were lunching on the lawn in Bridge Park. Brant are often mistaken for Canada geese, but they are different species. I’ve written about their differences; click here for that blog.

The lawn the brant geese were trying to eat turned out to have too much human traffic for comfort. The flock flew away,silhouetted against .

There was a female , , dozing among the pilings south of Pier 1. She had her head turned back and her beak tucked into her feathers. She didn’t raise her head, but she was watching me. Expand to full screen, and click to enlarge the photo and you will see her dark eye. Also note the crazy hairdo, and the Dr. Seuss-likereflection of her head in the water. I have written about this duck before; click here to see a picture of the red-eyed male.

Beautiful ring-billed gulls, , were riding the river swells, pecking tidbits from the water.

Click on the photo to enlarge.

Other ring-bills were dining on takeout.

And the flag on the Brooklyn Bridge was at half mast for Ed Koch.

Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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