While I am not a football fan, the only Gipper I can think of was George “The Gipper” Gipp who played for Notre Dame who died at the very young age of 25. I don’t know if the boat was named after him but I assume it was and well, you know what happens when you “assume.”

Anyway, a few unusual visitors to the bay were spotted on April 8, 2013 when these photos were taken. A Great Egret was standing proud on the jetty and a few Mallards were swimming on the ocean side of the park. That was my first time seeing Mallards in the ocean.

I won’t bore you with a lot of commentary so on to the pictures.

Don’t forget to visit my Flickr page for some high resolution wildlife images.

Common Loon, winter plumage eating a crab

Common Loon, winter plumage eating a crab

Common Loon, winter plumage eating a crab

Herring Gull with a crab

Great Egret

Great Egret


Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Are you looking at me? Double-crested Cormorant

Northern Gannet

Northern Gannet

Red-throated Loon

Dunlin, winter plumage. Further down you can see a different Dunlin changing to it’s breeding plumage to see the differences in color

Ruddy Turnstone turning from it’s winter plumage to it’s breeding plumage

Dunlin in intermediate plumage. You can see it is starting to change from it’s winter plumage to it’s breeding plumage. Most noticeable is the black patch coming in on it’s belly and the darker plumage on it’s wings

Barnegat Bay Lighthouse

The Gipper heading out for it’s catch of the day

Greater Scaup trying to blend in with the Oldsquaws

Greater Scaup trying to blend in with some Harlequins

Barnegat Bay


10 thoughts on “One For The Gipper

  1. fabulous shots as always but the Egret is a beauty!!! hmmm didn’t know a birds plumage changed during mating season? I can understand the logic, but didn’t know… I love to learn something new…

    • Thanks Heather! Some birds change colors in the winter and then back again in the late spring. If you see a Dunlin in the winter then see it again in the summer it will look totally different. I am hoping to catch them in their breeding plumage before they change back. I haven’t been to the shore most of the summer but will be there for 2 weeks starting next week. I hope they haven’t started changing back yet.

    • Thanks! There seems to be plenty of crabs around for all the birds. I did follow one of the Loons for close to an hour and it ate 15+ crabs in that time. It’s incredible how many they can eat in an hour.

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