Playing Catch Up

A Green Heron strikes a pose at Denning's Point in Beacon NY, 7/20/14.
A Green Heron strikes a pose at Denning’s Point in Beacon NY, 7/20/14.

So, I have gotten out a number of times this week but have not had time to post. For the most part it was the expected cast of characters, but there were some exceptions. My best bird of the week was the PURPLE MARTIN, four of which were observed at Stewart State Forest on both 7/17 and 7/20. A close second place was a single HORNED LARK in the black dirt region on 7/16, and it was also really great to see some shorebird movement with  three LEAST SANDPIPERS and two LESSER YELLOWLEGS at the Camel Farm on 7/15 and three more LESA out in Sullivan County on 7/18. So, things are starting to happen, which is exciting. Here are my shots from the week:

BLACK DIRT REGION, WEDNESDAY 7/16/14

I don't normally crop this tightly, but it seems to hold up for me with this shot. Horned Lark in the Black Dirt Region, 7/16/14.
I don’t normally crop this tightly, but it seems to hold up for me with this shot. Horned Lark in the Black Dirt Region, 7/16/14.
HOLA in the Black Dirt, 7/16/14.
HOLA in the Black Dirt, 7/16/14.

STEWART FOREST, THURSDAY 7/17/14 & SUNDAY 7/20/14

Purple Martins in flight overhead at Stewart Forest, 7/17/14.
Purple Martins in flight overhead at Stewart Forest, 7/17/14.
COYE at Stewart Forest, 7/20/14.
COYE at Stewart Forest, 7/20/14.
Eastern Wood Peewee, a bird that I don't get many photos of. Stewart Forest, 7/20/14.
Eastern Wood Peewee, a bird that I don’t get many photos of. Stewart Forest, 7/20/14.
Eastern Towhee in the tree tops at Stewart Forest, 7/20/14.
Eastern Towhee in the tree tops at Stewart Forest, 7/20/14.

BASHAKILL WMA, FRIDAY 7/18/20

I flushed this (and many more) Wood Duck while kayaking the Bash in the early morning fog. The heavy fog pretty much prohibited any good photos.
I flushed this (and many more) Wood Duck while kayaking the Bash in the early morning fog. The  fog was so thick that it pretty much prohibited any good photos for most of the morning. Later this week, however, I will be posting a series of Great Blue Heron shots taken as the fog started to lift.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, FRIDAY 7/18/14

Least Sandpiper in Sullivan County, 7/18/14.
Least Sandpiper in Sullivan County, 7/18/14.
This Killdeer kept looking skyward, I'm not sure why. Sullivan County 7/18/14.
This Killdeer kept looking skyward, I’m not sure why. Sullivan County 7/18/14.

DENNING’S POINT, SATURDAY 7/19/14

Two Great Blue Herons spar just off of Denning's Point, with Bannerman Castle in the background, 7/19/14.
Two Great Blue Herons spar just off of Denning’s Point, with Bannerman Island Arsenal in the background, 7/19/14.

2 thoughts on “Playing Catch Up”

  1. Matt, that’s a great shot of the green heron; very creative and not the typical shot we all see with that species. How long did you have to lie in wait to get it? 🙂

    1. Marianne- I like that shot too. We walked the trail and noticed that the Green Herons liked that perch the first time through, so we went around a second time in hopes of getting a shot. As soon as we had an open shot the heron struck that pose – very lucky! Matt

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