By Mike Busch

After a rough and cold March, April hasn’t been much better and is even trending colder than February.  That hasn’t stopped members of  the Long Island Wildlife Photography group from capturing some excellent images of a number of new arrivals that are here for the summer or migrating through.

Some notable first of the season birds included Yellow Crowned Night Heron, Eastern Phoebe, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Greater Yellowlegs, Snowy Egret, and Hermit Thrush.

The overall quality of the images continues to go up as members gain experience and upgrade equipment.

For those of us interested in wildlife that swims, several Humpback Whales have been seen feeding off Belmar, New Jersey so we should start to see some action here over the next few weeks.

There are also a lot of Seals still around.   The CRESLI seal walks are sold out this weekend at Cupsogue but our friends at Gotham Whale and the American Princess Cruises have openings for their Seal and Bird Watching Cruise tomorrow at 12 Noon.

For more information click here.

Another highlight this week was a number of National Geographic quality shots of Osprey in action including a stunner from Robert Kaplan on the cover.

Feel free to share with a friend and have a great weekend!

Alfred Ye | Turkey

Vicki Jauron | American Oystercatcher

Diane Van Dyke Greco | Cardinals

Brian Doherty | Cormorant

Brian Doherty | Eastern Phoebe

Brian Doherty | Palm Warbler

Heff Stoppe | Osprey and Cormorant

Larry Fiebert | Osprey and Cormorant

Steven Williams | Female Cardinal

More Images on Pages 2,3,4 and 5