And in the final sequence, Christine Carrion witnessed a Cooper’s Hawk try to attack a Kingfisher that dove into the water to escape!
This week we also made a call for photographers to submit photos of Menhaden to the Nature Conservancy to be considered for inclusion on a limited edition poster to highlight how important Menhaden (Bunker) is to the ecosystem. I know this group has some fantastic images, please keep posting them on the page with the #bunker hashtag or send to Carl Lobue at the email below. Read below for more details.
Calling all wildlife photographers
Together with scientists, fishermen, and other wildlife advocates, my colleagues and I at The Nature Conservancy have been working hard over the past 7 years to change policies in ways that rebuild Atlantic menhaden (aka bunker) populations along the east coast. These efforts have been working, and over the past few years many Long Island Wildlife Photographers have been capturing and sharing fantastic images of everything from unfledged shorebird chicks to lunging humpback whales feeding on both large and small menhaden. But the conservation work on this issue is not yet done. Fishery managers will soon be considering proposals to change management to include the needs of wildlife that depend on menhaden before setting catch quotas for what is the largest commercial fishery in the Atlantic.
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, The Nature Conservancy in NY is looking to create a limited-edition print poster containing 6-12 of images featuring different wildlife that depend on abundant menhaden. The purpose of producing this poster is not to sell them, but rather to gift them to supporters of menhaden conservation, and to decision-makers who could use a reminder of the wildlife ramifications of menhaden management decisions.
This group contains some of the best wildlife photographers around, and so we are shouting out to members to submit photos to be included in this poster. We are looking for hi-res images of all kinds of wildlife in the process of chasing, capturing, or eating a menhaden. Shorebirds, seabirds, fish, sharks, whales, ospreys, eagles, otters and more. If your image is chosen we can pay $100 for the non-exclusive rights to use the image in the poster and other Nature Conservancy communications concerning the value of abundant forage fish – and you will also get a printed copy of the final limited edition printed poster which will contain photo credit.
Photographers can pin photos under this post and directly contact Nature Conservancy’s NY Ocean Programs Director Carl LoBue at email@example.com. Our hope is to have this project done by mid-October.
For the rest of this week’s images and videos, please scroll through pages 3-9