The shores of Long Island, New York are bursting with new life right now. Black Skimmers are mating. Piping Plovers, Least and Common Terns and American Oystercatchers are nesting or raising their young in varying stages of development. In late June I spent two days out on the island. Between thunderstorms and heavy rain, I only managed a single sunrise and sunset. This video compiles clips captured during that time and primarily at Nickerson Beach. The young Piping Plovers were found at Jones Beach and Black-crowned Night Heron and Tree Swallow were at Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area. Leading the surprises during my visit was a small group of Common Eiders found at Nickerson Beach. All are celebrated with this film.
I hope you enjoy the video. And more importantly, I wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day! If you spend time on the beach, be sure to leave room for these wonderful birds that make their home along the shore.