Not Sure; Who Knows??? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Not Sure; Who Knows???

Not Sure; Who Knows???

It is Thursday, May 30, 2013. I am headed out to Great Gull Island for a week. GGI is in the middle of the Long Island Sound between Orient Point, Long Island and Niantic, Connecticut. Last time I was there–in 1990–I think, it was home to 9,000+ pairs of Common Terns and about 800 pairs of Roseate Terns. On that visit my older daughter Jennifer met a young biologist named Erik Egensteiner. He is now the father of my two oldest grandkids, Sam and Maya, and obviously Jennifer’s husband. I am a bit excited as I will be living in some sort of open air gun emplacement dating back to the Spanish American War.

You cannot mention GGI without mentioning Helen Hays who has overseen the project under the auspices of the American Museum of Natural History for many, may decades, since the late y 60s I believe. IAC, I am pretty sure that there is more data on the Common Terns of Great Gull Island than on any other species of vertebrate….

I am not sure if I will have internet access or any contact with y’all. If that turns out to be the case, do spend some times visiting back issues of the blog. There is tons to see and to learn. If I do get on line, I will probably be seeing you every day or so as usual. If not, I will see you sometime on June 8th.

later and love, artie

Last 2013 Short Notice, Dirt Cheap, In-the-Field Nickerson Beach Photographic Instruction with Arthur Morris

June 8 (pm) and June 9 (am & pm). Afternoons with west wind can be great. Morning sessions run from 5am sharp-9:30 am. Afternoon sessions from 4pm til whenever. These are priced so low that you need to e-mail for the rates. Limit 5/session.

If you e-mail, please include all phone numbers. Payment in full due immediately via credit card after calling the office on a weekday: 863-221-2372. If you would like to join me, please get in touch via e-mail. Breeding American Oystercatcher (chicks likely) and Piping Plover (chicks possible). Common Tern and Black Skimmer/courtship behaviors. Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls. Lots of flight photography when the wind is right. Learn digital exposure and creative image design. Learn to create pleasing blurs at 5am. As I will be living and photographing on Great Gull Island for a week from the afternoon of May 30 until the late afternoon of June 6 and may not have internet access, do sign up and be patient. You will hear from me via e-mail early on June 7th if not the previous evening.

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3 comments to Not Sure; Who Knows???

  • avatar Ron May

    Have fun Art. I am looking forward to your posting images from this trip.

  • Hey Artie, I’m a 63 year old nature photographer that uses Nikon equipment but enjoys and learns much from your writing. Hearing of the great places you visit for photography makes me feel I’m almost there with you. You live a life I can only imagine and I hope, and feel you do, you appreciate the opportunity and talent that you enjoy. Keep it going!!!

    Randy Stephens
    Hazel Green, Al