2019 was rung in last night at a bar with good friends and then this morning with a mild hangover. So, I napped and realizing how WARM it was outside, decided to go for a ride and short walks at Floyd Bennett Field to get some of our first birds in our neighborhood! Going out in just a sweatshirt was all I needed to enjoy some birds in the afternoon sun.
|First bird we encountered was a bathing Long-tailed Duck.|
With a bill so perfect for plucking shellfish off the surfaces they are on, these are amazing little divers!
|I love capturing them just acting naturally.|
|A nice find, a trio of ring-neck duck drakes.|
|all my ducks in a row for 2019, that's always a good sign.|
|A funny vantage... I spotted a harbor seal on the launch for the NYPD helicopter fields. Looks like a mini seal on a pier...|
|Harbor Seals are a common sign swimming into Jamaica Bay to hunt-- or grab a sunny place to bask on a 60 degree day.|
|A ring-billed gull washes away 2018...|