Tern

I came upon this Tern as I was going along the Wildlife Drive at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Usually they fly off right away or they are busy diving into the water fishing for a meal. This one was content to just make some noise and flap it’s wings and pose for me. After a few shots I left it alone so it could go back to what it was doing and I could look for other photo subjects.

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Egret Through The Grasses

I photographed this Snowy Egret as it walked by where I was photographing the Osprey nest. There was a batch of grasses in the way, so I waited until the Egret walked into an opening in the row of grasses to get a few shots before it moved along.

Squawking Willet

We went to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend. It was a very gray overcast day. Which worked for closeup images, but was dull for subjects in the distance. But it was a fun day out anyway. This is the first time we have been here since they reopened the completed fixed Wildlife Drive. Before you only could use a very small section then had to turn around. I was surprised to see so many Black Skimmers in large groups. It was so windy it was hard to open the car door, so what was flying usually had a hard time getting where they were trying to go. Some just blew sideways or had very erratic flights. Very difficult to smoothly track in flight subjects. So a lot of my images were of subjects on the ground or in the water. I saw this Willet on a mound in front of some grasses. It posed for a while so I got quite a few images. Shot at 400mm with a 1.4x teleconverter.Willet v2 Brig_v1_43G0687Willet v2 Brig 5 17_43G0690Willet v7 brig 5_17_43G0689

Mute Swans

Most of the Wildlife Drive was closed for repairs so access was limited to the refuge. Some of my favorite areas to photograph birds were not accessible. But I did find a few Mute Swans that cooperated and did a slow swim by for a few photos.

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