Saturday, July 25, 2009

Pirates Cove Custom Carolina Shootout, Day 2

So I'm here in the Outer Banks of North Carolina working on a few photography projects. One of which involved a day aboard the boat Hunter during the 6th Annual Carolina Custom Shootout Tournament at Pirates Cove Marina. This charity event is produced by the Dare County Boat Builders Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Dare County's boat building heritage by actively supporting the students and families within its community.

It was a slow day, however I did get one opportunity to photograph this White Marlin. Nothing great about the shot, but considering this is only the second billfish I've ever photographed I'm happy to have it.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

npr, All Things Considered, July 12, 2009

On May 19th, I blogged about a Ruddy Turnstone and a Red Knot feeding on horse crab eggs on the Jersey side of the Delaware Bay. I was aware that the Red Knot populations have been decreasing since 1990; however I wasn't aware it's now a candidate species under the Endangered Species Act. Click here to read the story.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Terrapin's in the Road

If you're traveling to the Jersey Shore this weekend, be sure to keep a sharp eye out for Terrapins in the roadway. These links, between mainland and the barrier islands, are a growing threat to Diamondback Terrapins. In 2004 researchers from the Wetlands Institute began to install temporary barrier fencing along the coastal causeways, in an attempt to reduce road mortality of nesting terrapins in areas known to be major “kill zones.” While this has reduced terrapin mortality, on average, approximately 84 percent, not all of the causeways have barrier fencing. To read more about Terrapin Conservation at the Wetlands Institute, head here!

While this female wasn't on the causeway, she was hanging out in the middle of a dirt road at one of the wildlife refuges. She was more than willing to allow me to snap a few shots before heading back to the water.