Woodpecker in the city

While I was waiting for the bus, this little birdie showed up. Clearly the image quality from my phone can’t match my regular camera, but it was worth a shot. I have seen many woodpeckers in the parks of NYC, but very few by the highway in the middle of the city. Ignorant me oftenContinue reading “Woodpecker in the city”

Walk on the beach

Walking on the beach you may notice transparent spheres, thinking that you encountered jellyfish that washed ashore. Afraid, you may be scared to touch them, taking that you may get stung. No worries, you are perfectly safe. You have met harmless salps, planktonic tunicates with a dorsal nerve cord, making them much closely related toContinue reading “Walk on the beach”

Walk on the Fire Island

Today’s weather and lack of a tripod were not friends to my amateur photography. Visibility was very low, due to fog and cloudiness. At times I you could see only several feet ahead. Luckily, the weather conditions got little better as the Sun started to set. Apparently, finding birds in this weather created a challengeContinue reading “Walk on the Fire Island”

Ospreys at the Oyster Bay Wildlife Refuge

Ospreys, Pandion haliaetus, are some of the bigger birds migrating to Long Island during their breeding season. In 1960s, ospreys were listed as endangered. One of the many victims of the extensive use of DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane), one of the first synthetic insecticides used in agriculture. DDT directly did not kill most birds, however it ledContinue reading “Ospreys at the Oyster Bay Wildlife Refuge”

Life stages of Seurat 🐈‍⬛

It all started with Nala. She was a cat mama I fostered over a year ago. Her litter of 6 was born the night of my birthday. The rescue I volunteer with, likes to name kitten using themes. Thus, kittens were named after famous painters, Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Seurat. For days I couldn’tContinue reading “Life stages of Seurat 🐈‍⬛”

Early May at Jamaica Bay Park, Queens

After a winter break, I finally visited Jamaica Bay Park. It is a heaven for bird watchers all year round. It is full of tree swallows. Their wooden nesting boxes are always occupied. Tree swallows are always on guard, constantly watching and patrolling their nests. There is something distinguished about their posture, head up andContinue reading “Early May at Jamaica Bay Park, Queens”