Today I decided to go see if the swans had babies. I mean, there are goslings, and ducklings, so maybe there are swanlings in Harlem, right? They seemed to be nesting there. The two times I went....... well, anyway, I went up and walked around Harlem Meer and didn't see any swans anywhere!
And I figured out why I haven't seen so many cormorants at the lake and the pond - they are all hanging out here! I think there were about 8 or 10 of them, in line with the gulls, flying around, fishing, preening. It was wonderful, but none of them were really into photos.
From there, over to the turtle pond. To be honest, the most interesting thing was the wedding photo shoot. A bride with a beautiful veil that did not at all match her beautiful dress. Oh well, I hope they got good shots of her with the goslings in the background! They all paddled across the pond in a line right across where she was standing, so I hope it works out.
Although they are also in that awkward in-between phase, just not quite as far along as the pond goslings, as you can see from this shot of one of them in the grass.
There was also a night heron hiding in the bushes, he came out for just a second but of course the camera takes longer than that to focus. I went all around looking for a good angle, but the heron defeated me! For the moment........
And I confirmed that there is definitely a flicker in the (formerly) red-belly nest. Wow, I guess the flickers just sort of kicked out the red-bellies!
Exhausted, I made my way back through the upper lobe to catch the subway, and saw the heron showing off.
It was a really nice time. I mean, sort of exhausting, but nice! I enjoyed going back up to the meer.