By Mike Busch

The unofficial end of the summer is a sad time for many people but it is a fantastic time of year for wildlife photography.   With fall migration right around the corner, many birds and their young are preparing for long trips south and eating as much as possible to prepare for the trip.  The offshore action is also peaking with plenty of bunker around to attract dolphins, whales, sharks, and osprey looking for easy meals.

We had a few rare birds this week as well including an American golden plover, buff -breasted sandpiper, and a wilson’s phalarope.

There were some stellar humpback whale shots this week, including the cover shot by Brian Doherty.

Thanks to Jim Botta for the help and to everyone that contributes to the Long Island Wildlife Photography group!

Try to check out all 10 pages and enjoy the rest of the long weekend!

American Golden Plover – Lisa Wollerstein-Whitmore

Black Skimmers – Brian Doherty

Buff-Breasted Sandpiper – Jim Botta

Common Nighthawk & Bug – Dan Fiore

Double-Crested Cormorant & Lunch – Jimmy Johnny

Great Egret & Lunch – Meryl Lorenzo

Humpback Whale & Bunker – Paull Peluso

Green Heron & Tadpole – Robert Kaplan

Juvenile Forster’s Tern – Anita Regler

More Photos on Pages 2-10