This Yellow Crowned Night Heron appears to have been injured beneath the lower bill. While it's difficult to tell how serious the wound is, the fact that it's eating is a positive sign. Here, it tenderizes a crab before swallowing it down. To freeze the crab in the air, I used a fast shutter speed of 1/500.
Below, a Willet rests on a natural perch created by a downed tree. These birds are identified by their long straight bill, and piercing call. They come to New York in the summer to breed. To blur the background I shot this with a wide aperture of f5.6. Photos taken at Oceanside Marine and Nature Area, New York at low tide.
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