Wallkill River NWR – A Week of Photos

I made it out to Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge a couple of times this week and took many photos. A good collection of shorebirds continue at the refuge, as do a group of six Great Egrets (down from 10 last weekend). Herons are numerous, with Green Herons, Great Blue Herons, and Black-crowned Night Herons all being seen and heard. All the birds photographed were seen while walking the Liberty Loop Trail or on Liberty Lane. Here are some of the shots I got this week:

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One of four Greater Yellowlegs at the refuge on 7/24/13.
One of four Greater Yellowlegs at the refuge on 7/24/13.
I got to see this Lesser Yellowlegs near a Greater Yellowlegs and a Solitary Sandpiper. It was really interesting to note the differences between the three. Wallkill River NWR 7/25/13.
I got to see this Lesser Yellowlegs near a Greater Yellowlegs and a Solitary Sandpiper. It was really interesting to note the differences between the three. Wallkill River NWR 7/24/13.

 

A Solitary Sandpiper and a Lesser Yellowlegs at the refuge on Wednesday 7/24/13. I don't love this photo but I like seeing the two birds together.
A Solitary Sandpiper and a Lesser Yellowlegs at the refuge on Wednesday 7/24/13. I don’t love this photo but I like seeing the two birds together.

 

The morning light was really appealing, and I am really happy with the colors in this photo. Great Egrets at Wallkill River NWR 7/27/13.
The morning light was really appealing, and I am really happy with the colors in this photo. Great Egrets at Wallkill River NWR 7/27/13.
Great Egret at the refuge this morning, 7/27/13.
Great Egret at the refuge this morning, 7/27/13.
Who's gonna mess with this crew? Not me. Five of six Great Egrets at Wallkill River NWR 7/27/13.
Who’s gonna mess with this crew? Not me. Five of six Great Egrets at Wallkill River NWR 7/27/13.
I've been seeing a hearing plenty of Green Herons at the refuge, but not getting close enough for any good photos. Wallkill River NWR 7/27/13.
I’ve been seeing a hearing plenty of Green Herons at the refuge, but not getting close enough for any good photos. Wallkill River NWR 7/27/13.
Great Blue Herons are numerous out at Wallkill River NWR. This one flew right in front of me. This Shot is SOOC, taken 7/25/13.
Great Blue Herons are numerous out at Wallkill River NWR. This one flew right in front of me. This Shot is SOOC, taken 7/25/13.
Birds flying away usually don't make for great photos, but I sort of like this one. GBHE out at Wallkill River NWR 7/25/13.
Birds flying away usually don’t make for great photos, but I sort of like this one. GBHE out at Wallkill River NWR 7/25/13.
I was with Karen Miller and Sharon when we found this bird. We were all stumped, and after getting home and looking briefly in some books I'm guessing a young Brown-headed Cowbird, but I'm still not really sure. Please comment if you can I.D. this bird! Thanks.
I was with Karen Miller and Sharon Dewey Scavotto when we found this bird. We were all stumped, and after getting home and looking briefly in some books I’m guessing a young Brown-headed Cowbird, but I’m still not really sure. Please comment if you can I.D. this bird! Thanks.

2 thoughts on “Wallkill River NWR – A Week of Photos”

  1. Hi, Matt.
    I’m Tricia’s friend from college, and Eddy knows Tricia from CA snd Colorado when we roomed together some years ago.
    Your photos are stunning; very pristine with a glimpse of life as a bird. Keep up the birding!
    Hope to meet you soon, Congrats on your engagement. Best, Angela

    1. Angela,

      I’m glad you are enjoying the photos; thanks for the kind words. I look forward to meeting you someday soon! Take Care. Matt

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