By Mike Busch

Early September is an interesting time for Long Island wildlife as the fall migration is just starting and the rest of the birds are trying to store up enough energy to support their trip South in the coming weeks and months.  Long Island has a unique position in the middle of the Atlantic Flyway so as soon as we start to get some clear and cool weather the action should pick up, particularly on the south shore beaches when shorebirds stop to rest.  It should also be a great season for whale watching as Humpback Whales have been seen up and down the coast lunge feeding on bunker.

After missing last week I had big job going through two weeks of images submitted to the Long Island Wildlife Photography page, below are 55 photos that are just a small sample of what is posted.  With the group closing in on 12,000 members this job isn’t getting any easier but the images just get better and better.

Some notable finds this week include a Black Tern, Caspian Tern, Buff Breasted Sandpiper, Common Nighthawk, Northern Parula, Worm-eating Warbler, and Sika Deer.

This week’s cover shot goes to Kay Intemann with an Osprey harassing a Great Blue Heron.

Brian Doherty | Menhaden

Heff Stoppe | Snowy Egret

Kerry O’Brien Lukowski | Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Kimberly Lechner Sanchez | Common Yellowthroat

Tony Fanni | Green Heron

Patty Orgera | Green Frog

Lisa Nasta | Caspian Tern

Heff Stoppe | Great Egret

William Walsh | Juvenille Black Skimmer

Kathie Rokita | Humpback Whale

Kay Intemann | Osprey vs Great Blue Heron