By Mike Busch

The Long Island Wildlife Photography group had an amazing week to close out August.  I don’t know if it was the nice weather or just people enjoying the last few days of summer vacation but the quantity and quality of the images this week was incredible.  I normally limit this piece to 40 or so images but had to stretch this one to 50 and honestly could have kept going.  Big thanks to everyone that contributes to the page and if I missed your amazing shot I apologize, with almost 9000 members now this is not getting any easier.

On a side note, Dianne from Long Island has been doing a great job with the Bird of the Week feature.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and information, I promise you will learn something.  Click here to see the library that has already been put together.  The next #BOW will be the Yellow Billed Cuckoo so check your libraries if you want to submit some shots.  I will put a separate post up on the LIWL page.

This week’s highlight is a Hudsonian Godwit a large shorebird that breeds in the Arctic and winters in South America, Tom Reichert captured an amazing photo during a rare visit to Long Island below.

Other highlights include some excellent Humpback Whale images, Clapper Rails, and some great Raptors in action.  Also check out the video of Pete Beuchmann and his friendly Snapping Turtle on the last page!

This weeks cover photo goes to Mike Witten with great shot of a pod of Bottlenose Dolphin just off the beach.

If you have time, scroll through all 6 pages and have a great weekend!


Tom Reichert | Hudsonian Godwit

Artie Kopelman | Humpback Whale

Brian Doherty | Immature Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Charlie Spinnato | Hummer Moth

Heff Stoppe | Green Heron

Jackie Connelly Fornuff | Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Jason Frank | Red Tailed Hawk

More images on pages 2,3,4,5, and 6