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
Every 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.
The 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.
The “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.After 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.”Burrowing 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.
A White-throated Sparrow enjoys a bath in a section of Central Park called The Ramble.
Another Sparrow finds a cozy (and camouflaged) hiding place in a sycamore tree.
It was a good day for nest-building for this Blue Jay.
One 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.
Forsythia, 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.