Monday, April 21, 2014

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR • April 19

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret. This egret is in peak breeding plumage with the skin near its eye being reddish rather than the usual yellow.

American Oystercatcher. This was one of two nearby oystercatchers. Note that this bird has a single black dot in the middle of its eye (the pupil) with only the slightest hint of an adjacent black "fleck" at 5 o'clock from the middle.

American Oystercatcher. This is the other bird. Its black "fleck" is nearly a duplicate of the pupil. Studies of an another species of oystercatcher, the Black Oystercatcher, indicated the a large eye fleck (yes, this the official term) is generally found on females and a small or missing eye fleck is generally found on males.

Osprey. There are actually two Ospreys on the nesting platform with the male in front partially hiding the female behind. Note the high rise buildings in the background. That's Atlantic City.

Osprey. There were several working nesting platforms along the driving route within the reserve.

Osprey

Great Egret

Great Egret

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Great Egret