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Articles highlighting my photographic style, images, and techniques, photo opportunities at selected locations, with a few tips for photographers on the road.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (Aug 19, 2009)

Forsters Terns

Forster's Terns

This morning I spent time photographing around the southeastern portion of the East Pond. Shorebird numbers were fairly low, and I did not see any notable birds. Later reports indicate that most of the action was in the northern/northwestern part of the pond. The image below was captured this morning, however the photo of the Forster’s Terns is from Monday.

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) – Juvenile (East Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge)

Forster’s Terns (Sterna forsteri) preening on a log (East Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge)

Click on the photos above for more information, click on the species name to see all images of that species, or click here to see more images from Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

For those who have not yet made it to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, but are thinking about going, here is a map which pin points the refuge. The map has been customized by Jim Osterlund to show the detailed place names in the refuge. This was a great addition and certainly has helped me to find my way around. You can zoom out (easier if you click the magnifying glass to view a larger map) to see the location of the refuge relative to the rest of Queens and NYC, and get directions, if needed.

All images © Clarence Holmes

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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (Aug 17, 2009)

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Below are images captured on Monday at the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. A notable bird present on the pond was an American Golden-Plover, but it remained in a flock of Black-bellied Plovers (and other birds), so I was not able to capture a good image.

Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) (East Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge)

Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) with fading breeding plumage (East Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge)

The ubiquitous and much-maligned Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) (East Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge)

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All images © Clarence Holmes

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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (Aug 15, 2009)

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Below are two images captured during Saturday afternoon’s visit to the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) (East Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge)

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) (East Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge)

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All images © Clarence Holmes

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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (Aug 14, 2009)

Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Today I visited Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, located in Queens, New York. I have been to Jamaica Bay many times as a birder, but this is the first time I have been there to photograph shorebirds during the fall migration. The hotspot for shorebird photography at this time of year is the East Pond.

Below are a few images from today.

Juvenile Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) (East Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge)

Stilt Sandpipers (Calidris himantopus) (East Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge)

I will be posting more over the next week or so.

Click on the photos above for more information, click on the species name to see all images of that species, or click here to see more shorebird images.

All images © Clarence Holmes

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Visiting Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge for Odonata

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge is a small refuge located in Sussex County, New Jersey (with a portion in Orange County, New York.), which is in the northwest corner of the state. The refuge is bisected by the Wallkill River, running south to north. Look here for a refuge map.

According to NJOdes, “Sussex County possesses the longest Odonata checklist of any county in North America. To date, 142 species have been documented here.” Odonata is a sub-order of insects which includes Dragonflies (Anisoptera) and closely related Damselflies (Zygoptera), often collectively referred to as “odes.”

Wallkill River NWR has a variety of habitats which are suitable for locating odes. So far, I have only explored a few locations and some of the trails, but have been able to capture some good images. I have found that the Liberty Loop trail, located off of Oil City Road (in Orange County, NY), is an excellent place to hike and search for Odes. The Appalachian Trail runs through this part of the refuge.

Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella) Dragonfly – Male perching (Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge)

Stream Bluet (Enallagma exsulans) Damselfly – Male (Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge)

Click on the photos above for more information, or click here to see all photos from Walkill National Wildlife Refuge. To see other images of Odonata, visit my gallery of stock photos of Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)

All images © Clarence Holmes

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