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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Heislerville Birding

Hi, Honey! I'm Home! Wait til you see the designer twig I found for the nursery! 
                                                         Written by George Wrangham

         A couple of days ago I met a fellow-birder for the first time at Fortescue, New Jersey, where there was very little activity.  We chanced to meet again at East Point Light a couple of hours later.  He has only just started birding but is a very experienced photographer. There were hundreds of Semiplamated Sandpipers at East Point, plus a few Ruddy Turnstones and Willets, and just two Red Knots.  Dennis De Marco, the photographer, sent me the photographs of an Osprey, a striking shot.

Full view of nest 
          For comparison, here is more of the Osprey scene as taken by Dennis' cell phone from the car. At the upper left was the "spouse" Osprey who was waiting for the other to bring back the twig. You can appreciate the nest size and tree in this photo as well as the stark gray sky. The cell phone underexposed causing the silhouette effect.

In the midst of a plethora of Semipalmated Sandpipers, said one Ruddy Turnstone to the other,"I don't want to sound ungrateful, but when you said 'fine dining' at the Jersey shore, I thought you meant just the two of us!"

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