Daily Archives: April 29, 2010

Forster’s Fest


     The elevated boardwalk next to Meadowlands Environment Center at DeKorte Park has become a huge hangout for Forster's Terns.
   At least two dozen were hanging out there this morning.
   They are also zipping around the Shorebird Pool and splashing into the water to catch fish — quite successfully, as you can see below.


DeKorte’s Shorebird Pool: Bird Central


  There's a great air show going on above the Shorebird Pool (outside the Meadowlands Environment Center) in DeKorte Park these days.  It's open to the public, free of charge.
   On Wednesday afternoon we had close-up views of Forster's Terns (above and left), Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows and Ospreys.
   If you want to see some lightning-fast birds, try following some of these guys as they whisk around the tidal impoundment.
  At least the Forster's Terns make enough noise for your eyes to catch up with them.
   When you photograph these terns (and the photo isn't a total blur), you begin to appreciate how aerodynamic (and awesome) they are.
    The Ospreys, on the other hand, love to hover above the water. almost in slow motion sometimes. We had two Ospreys fishing at once on Wednesday afternoon.