I did a double feature of sorts, I began the morning at a new location, Bush Terminal Park. Brooklyn is slowly becoming more and more, parkland along it's waterfront. It's pretty great, and this park has a lot of potential. Don't be off put by it's odd location, behind warehouses and factories, there are then ball fields, a walkable jetty, the nicest looking bathrooms, fashioned out of containers (to go with the theme of the area), and lovely views of downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
I then took a break at home to warm up before heading out to Prospect to see the birds on the (frozen) lake and at the feeders.
|Gulls on Ice! Coming to an arena near you! Lots of ring billed gulls today!|
|The juvenile great black backed gull just realized something really embarrassing, or is just bathing, happily.|
|American wigeons on the wing.|
|Red breasted mergansers braving the waves and wind.|
|This and other ring-billed gulls were soaring down, and touching the water, were they drinking? eating? performing magical feats? I don't know, but it was lovely to watch.|
|And once they did this, they would just sail back up into the air!|
|A juvenile ring-billed gull, leaving the scene...|
|The sun was shining and bright, but ominous clouds were to the north, making for this unreal scene.|
|This goose walked across the ice from about 100 yards away, and he did it in such a total gangsta way...This goose means business.|
|A Northern shoveler drake, they are so handsome!|
|An American coot gives the side eye...|
|A floofy American goldfinch at the feeders, they were most fun to watch.|
|Nobody likes a showoff...|