By Mike Busch

This week the Long Island Wildlife Photography group captured some stellar images.  A few standouts this week include a great selection of waterfowl with most of the species now here for the winter.  You will see below great examples inlcuding Common Eider, Pintail, Hooded Merganser, Ring-Necked, Brant, Northern Shoveler, Green-Winged Teal and Wood Duck.

Speaking of waterfowl, Dianne Taggart of is speaking about Waterfowl on Long Island tomorrow at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30.  Dianne writes up the Long Island Wildlife Bird of the Week column and brings a wealth of birding knowledge.  Click here to see the library of birds she has put together along with photos from the LIWL page.  If you go, give yourself some time to tour the property before or after.  Located on 2500 acres on Carmans River, this is one of the most beautiful spots on Long Island.   For more information click here.

This week also marks the beginning of seal watching season.  Starting tomorrow, Dr. Artie Kopelman starts his guided Seal Walks at Cupsogue at 11:00 a.m.  Artie has over 30 years of experience and provides a wealth of knowledge about this growing population at the edge of Moriches Inlet.  For more information click here.

This week’s cover photo goes once again to Vicki Jauron who is making a habit out of this.

Have a great weekend!

Late edition, Jim Botta submitted a video of a Black Bellied Plover taking a bath!

Cat Yellen-Rebennack | Sanderlings

Scott McInnes | Humpback Whale

Barbara Lash | Female Merganser

Barbara Lash | Great Egret

Mike Busch | Northern Gannet

Cat Yellen-Rebennack | Northern Harrier

Cat Yellen-Rebennack | Ring Necked Pheasant

Gertu MB | Brant

Jimmy Johnny | Northern Shoveler