Egrets and herons
A group of herons and egrets feeding on the waterfall rocks in Sunken Meadow Park. There is a saltmarsh at Sunken Meadow where waters from Sunekn Meadow Creek, Nissequogue River and Long Island mix together. In the past this saltmarsh was connected with Sunken Meadow Creek via a pipe that formed an artificial waterfall hidden among the stones. In summer when the tide was down that spot was full of egrets and herons feeding on the fish and often gathered at flocks of over 50 birds. This was my favorite spot to photograph egrets/herons, a place where a lot of photographers used to come, and a place where I met a lot of my friends.
Unfortunately hurricane Sandy destroyed the pipe, the causeway and the waterfall. Place was quickly recreated but instead of causeway they built a bridge and significantly widened the creek's mouth. It is still beautiful but the egrets are gone since water is faster and deeper now and it's much more difficult to catch a fish. The birds are fine, there are hundreds of places in the park where they can catch fish but if you want to photograph them it's a way much harder to get close. It's ironic that people destroyed so many biridng spots created by nature but this actually was the spot created by people but destroyed by nature. Now, all that is left from it are photos. So here they are testifying about the times when the mouth of Sunekn Meadow Creek was full of wading birds enjoying morning and evening feasts
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