OSPREY PAIR on Barnegat Bay

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Yesterday I watched these recently arrived raptors comfortably settling in on top of a nesting platform erected only weeks ago under the auspices of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. The female (note darker breast coloring,) helps decorate with the sticks and twigs her mate brings over during the move-in stage, and she will eventually sit on the eggs as he guards and provides fresh fish daily.

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 In the above image, Barnegat Lighthouse is a few miles beyond.

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Note the painted aluminum “predator Guard” on the post, primarily designed to keep raccoons from climbing to the nest. 

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Osprey are persnickety, in that if unduly disturbed while selecting a breeding home, they will leave. Viewing needs to be from a respectable distance. 

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THE FISHERMAN at Montauk Point

About three weeks ago, on October 13th, (2013) I came across this brave but happy soul challenging the elements at the very eastern tip of Long Island, NY. The prize was Striped Bass, or some other impressive catch of the season, …and the distant sea birds indicated conditions were good.

I admired his stature, his gear, his tenacity, but wondered about his sanity.   

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The lighting was breathtaking as sunlight painted the surf through broken clouds.

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Then, the sea surged – but THE FISHERMAN held his ground, er…rock.

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Just to my right, the historic Montauk Point Lighthouse stood majestically as the clouds came in off the Atlantic

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Sea Gulls Party – An Autumnal Crab-Fest on the Dunes

Last week, I came across the after spoils of an apparent Autumnal Crab-Fest on one of New Jersey’s pristine barrier islands. All was warm and tranquil this mid-day,  the gulls  recuperating  elsewhere,  but the colors of the scrub brush foretell the advancing season,  assuring that the chill of winter lies ahead.

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Pondering the Common Gull – Another Thought

It’s  interesting that  this common herring gull, can fly and soar like he owns the sky; swim so well he’s virtually unsinkable; and – as seen here, walk along and enjoy the sand and surf beneath his webby little feet as well as any of us (except for the webby little feet part of course!) 

     I can’t fly, can’t swim too well…. but at least can share this guy’s interest in a leisurely walk by the edge of the sea.                      Island Beach State Park, NJ

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