Recently someone from ‘away’, not New England (Australia, so not even close to here), made a comment about how surprised they were with an image we posted of an Egret capturing a fish. It went on to say how difficult it was to get close for photos. This again confirmed an ongoing conversation we have here.
We have many readers not local so here is a brief view of the shore bird world according to me, with absolutely no hard evidence included.
The Connecticut shore is part of the north / south migratory highway. There has been an effort made for some time now to protect the marshes, rivers, and connected woodlands. Not everyone will agree on the effectiveness, but that’s not a topic for here.
Connecticut has many rivers, preserves, and land trusts but none provide access to wildlife like the shore. Important to this is how the animals have grown comfortable with people if there is just a little space allowed between them. This is a small state, with a dense population. However, the design of the shore access, with some areas even closed to people, seems to have struck some type of balance.
As an example the following series of images was taken in a fairly short time frame from a wooden walkway along a salt marsh.
The gallery below displays a number of other visitors taken at the same time.