Royal Tern

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Certainly left off the guest list for the royal wedding but dignified nonetheless, this Royal Tern performs a majestic landing alongside the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

“Each in our own way, we need to return to our ancient heritage as guardians of the Earth, so that we may once again be present here, holding the Earth with our hearts and souls as well as in our minds and hands.” – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee – Spiritual Ecology

Nature’s Delicate Balance

Veery_wordpressEvery living thing is delicately balanced to live in a special place and in a special way. It is imperative that we protect this delicate balance in nature. We need to care for our common home. GreenHeron_wordpress

CYellowthroat_wordpressThe Veery, Green Heron and Common Yellowthroat are among the many birds that gather, in spring, at two of my favorite places; Rockefeller State Park and Halsey Pond in New York.

Winged and Winsome

BarnSwallow_wordpressA Barn Swallow casts a distinctive shadow on the surface of the water as it glides over Halsey Pond, while searching for insects.Oriole_wordpressThe vivid orange of the Baltimore Oriole is one of the most beautiful colors in nature.
BlueJayFlight_wordpressThe Blue Jay is an attractive bird, despite some of its behavior flaws.Towhee_wordpressThe Eastern Towhee features a pleasing combination of white, reddish-brown and black.

Warblers on the Move

YellowWarbler1 Always in motion, these tiny, long distance travelers are strikingly beautiful – if you can get a good look. YellowRumpedWarbler1Sometimes there is just a flash of yellow visible before they move on to the next tree. This is the Yellow-rumped Warbler.YellowWarbler2Often times they can be heard before they are seen. The Yellow Warbler sings a song of spring.CommonYellowthroatThere’s nothing common-looking about the Common Yellowthroat.BlackandwhiteWarblerThis Black-and-white Warbler and the birds above were photographed at Halsey Pond in Irvington, NY.

The Graceful Pelican

Pelican1_wordpressBrown Pelicans are a fairly common and very welcome sight along the Florida coast.
Pelicans2_wordpressThis is a feel-good story. Once on the brink of extinction, due to pesticide pollution, the Pelicans have now made an excellent recovery and can now be seen, often in groups, gracefully gliding above the ocean.Pelican3_wordpressPelicans feed on fish by plunge-diving from high in the air. The force of their impact stuns small fish that are then scooped up.

Blue Hour, Florida

PalmTrees_wordpressThe “blue hour” is the time of day shortly before sunrise and shortly after sunset. The sky can take on a beautiful, deep blue, as seen in this photo, taken in Hollywood, Florida.CapeMayWarbler_wordpressAfter sunrise, I went over to the Anne Kolb Nature Center where this Cape May Warbler flew in and was lit by the morning sun. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen this species before so it’s considered a “life bird” and now I can add it to my “life list.”BurrowingOwl_wordpressBurrowing Owls are quite small and live in little holes in the ground. This male is keeping a watchful eye out for intruders at the Orangebrook Golf and Country Club, also in Hollywood. Although this particular bird is accustomed to people (golfers), I made sure I kept a good distance away, used a long lens, and only stayed briefly, so as not to be disruptive.

Eastern Phoebe

EasternPhoebe_wordpressOne of the earliest returning migrants in spring, the Eastern Phoebe is a loner, rarely coming in contact with other phoebes. Even members of a mated pair do not spend much time together. This one was photographed in Irvington, New York.

April in Central Park

HouseSparrow_wordpressForsythia, in bloom in Central Park, provides a colorful perch for a House Sparrow, who seems more than happy to pose for a portrait. Possibly the most common bird in the park, the chatty House Sparrow doesn’t seem to mind being close to people.