Timing is Everything

Sometimes you get lucky and sometimes not. Went out to the Shinnecock Inlet about 90 miles east of Manhattan where I live. My good friend, Harry Maas (president of NYC Audubon) was kind enough to drive. We went out looking for Glaucous and Iceland gulls. We struck out on both. While scanning the inlet a bunch of scoters and scaup flew in. The big surprise was a few White-winged Scoters were in the flock. We rarely see these birds close enough to get decent photos. (See below)

Went back a few days later and the inlet was empty. Spent several hours with Grace Scalzo and all I could mange was a few Common Loon shots. As Grace said “this was the worst day at the inlet she could remember”. ┬áThat’s the way birding and especially bird photography goes.

As always, click on thumbnails for full size view.




As always, click on thumbnails for full size images.

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  1. Jeannette Carillo January 24, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Hi Lloyd, Just read your article, “Timing Is Everything”. The article was most interesting and I loved the photographs from your outing. Always grateful to admire and appreciate your beautiful work. Hope to see you in the field soon. Take care, Jeannie

  2. Scott Haber January 24, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    Great stuff, Lloyd! I especially love the shots showing the chestnut flanks of the drake White-winged: don’t get to see that too often.

    • Nellie Larsen January 28, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

      More blogs please to go along with the beautiful pictures.

      Nellie Larsen

  3. Karl Krueger June 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    I’ve been watching your gallery getting ideas for myself. What you say about timing is so true. I generally try to target certain species but often find they don’t show or present themselves in a way worthy of a good photograph. I’ve learned to take what ever nature gives me. Eventually I get what I look for but it may take days, weeks, or maybe months now for migratory birds and who knows maybe years to get the photo I want of a species. Often it is the unexpected photos that are the best.

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