Category: Birds

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Labrador duck drake

Labrador Duck drake (Camptorhynchus labradorius), an extinct species that once wintered off the New England and mid-Atlantic coasts. Last seen alive in 1875. A reminder that we can lose whole species, and that we stand to lose many more in the next century if we don't change our ways very soon. Photoshop illustration.

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Sharp-shinned Hawk, detail

Full-sized detail of Sharp-shinned Hawk, Copyright ©2013, by Patrick J. Lynch.

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Sharp-shinned Hawk illustration

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus), Photoshop, Copyright ©2013, by Patrick J. Lynch.

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Connecticut’s newest coastal sanctuary

Over the past 20 years a sand spit has formed and connected to the main beach at Milford Point, one of Connecticut's premiere coastal birding sites. The new sheltered lagoon between the sand spit and the main beach has just been designated as a state Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) Sanctuary, one of only three along ...

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Screech Owls

Red and gray color phases of the Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio). Photoshop painting. I did my master's thesis on how these little guys use urban open spaces.

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Birth of a Common Tern

A sequence (on Flickr) of photos of a Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) hatching from its egg. Shot in 1981 when I was a volunteer on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tern banding project on Falkner Island, off Guilford, Connecticut, U.S.A.  

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Disruptive camouflage

When you look at a Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) in isolation it looks boldly-striped—the antithesis of what you'd expect from an animal trying to blend into its background. But in natural settings the black-and-white stripes work very effectively to break up the silhouette of the bird, making it surprisingly hard to spot against the background. At Hammonsasset ...

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Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Wood Duck family (Aix sponsa). Photoshop painting. Available as a limited edition print.

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The dangers of ‘ghost gear’

Discarded monofilament line and other fishing gear can be incredibly persistent and deadly in the environment. Experts estimate that modern monofilament line will take as much as 600 years to fully degrade in marine conditions. That's 600 years of deadly entanglements and thousands of dead or maimed animals. This Great Black-backed Gull's foot is entangled ...