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Little red gliding hoods

On a chilly afternoon, a couple of male Redheads (Aythya Americana) enjoyed paddling around a thawed section of the lake. A nearby Canada goose looked on — perhaps with admiration for the rusty cinnamon noggins.

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Feathery flag semaphore flourishes

As part of the preening ritual, one of this Canada goose pair spread & rotated its wings in a fringe-filled flaunt. The fluid wing movements suggested any number of analogous activities, including symphony conducting, football refereeing, and naval flag signaling.

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Red-eye navy

A fair number of American oystercatchers (Haematopus palliates) were nesting, resting, feeding, and frolicking at different points out on Sandy Hook last month. Looking almost unreal with carrot-like bills and tangerine eyes, they stood out in the crowd of less … Continue reading

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Come fly with me

After being frightened off by a couple of barking dogs, this Great egret (Ardea alba) was a majestic sight to behold as it flew off. Not deterred for long, it circled back to the swamp pond and resumed its stalking … Continue reading

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Mr. Teal

Although the swampy area of the park was dominated by American black ducks, one little Green-winged teal (Anas crecca) seemed to feel right at home among them.

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King of the bill

Flaunting some of the biggest bills on the lake, Northern shovelers (Anas clypeata) make a stately sight as they glide through the water.

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Watchduck on duty

With much of the swampy area iced over, these mallards sheltered in a nearby creek. As the others tucked their heads in to rest, one female stayed alert, presumably keeping an eye out for trouble.

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