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Rich LaBella

NY|Displaying Since 2020

“I photograph mostly nautical and wildlife themes, concentrating on our shorelines & bays, yachting, the bridges, wetlands, lighthouses, wildlife, flowers and the unique things that make living near & on the water on Long Island and elsewhere a special experience.   I hope my work brings you as much enjoyment as it gave me in composing and capturing the beauty of our environment.”

-Rich LaBella, 2012

How do you learn to love photography?  You get a camera, start taking snapshots and then get hooked! Rich’s first camera, a Yashika rangefinder got him started taking pictures at the beach, surfing, out with friends, on travels and much more. Through high-school and college he learned a lot about photography through classes, trial & error, books and seminars – and over the years, through a better understanding of light & composition, the snapshots matured into a sizeable portfolio of quality photographs.

Rich has been particularly influenced by both Art Wolfe’s & Chas Glatzer’s approach to photography.    Through Art Wolfe, he learned to approach his works based on the principles of composition to bring out the beauty of nature & the environment.  Chas Glatzer showed him that “light illuminates, shadow defines” and that a three-dimensional image was indeed possible in a two-dimensional medium. With that foundation, and the help of many talented Nature & Wildlife photographers, he was able to develop and fine-tune his visionary approach, technical execution and post-processing skills in producing fine art which accentuates the interaction of light and color.

Early in life, he realized that we tend to be oblivious to much of the beauty that surrounds us.  Rich is an advocate of bringing awareness of that often-overlooked beauty in nature and wildlife behavior through his work. He prefers dynamic images to static “portraits” and tries to bring a better appreciation & understanding of our world through showing the interaction of nature, creatures, objects, and places that we might not notice around us.

Rich has participated in numerous contests & shows; held multiple one-man exhibitions at the Long Island MacArthur Airport and East Islip Library; won awards at the PFLI (Photographic Federation of Long Island) where he was awarded the Leonard Victor “Best Overall” & “Best in Class” Awards in 2014, NWPLI (Nature & Wildlife Photographers of Long Island), Long Island Photo Gallery (Wildlife, Fireworks, Flora, Animals & Creatures and Waterscapes competitions), FotoFoto Gallery 2011 International Competition finalist, and the Islip Arts Council “Local Color” exhibitions.

He has made numerous presentations in Libraries, Service Organizations, and Camera Clubs on various photographic subjects such as “From Snapshot to Photographic Art”, “Post-Processing Workflow”, “Framing on the Cheap”, “The Where in your Workflow”, and more.

He is a member and past-president of the NWPLI and a member of the Islip Arts Council. His works are featured at the Village Art & Framing Gallery in Babylon Village, PhotoArtPavilion,com (https://photoartpavilion.com/?s=Rich+LaBella) and the Long Island Photo Gallery in Islip.  His many works can also be seen on facebook (facebook.com/RJLaBellaPhotos) and on his website (www.RJLaBellaPhotos.com). These works now hang in many private collections and businesses and have been included in various Calendars & Magazine covers and articles.

Birds

Common Terns duking it out over nesting rights. Tern rookeries are pretty crowded so you have to

Nesting Dispute

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Egret just manages to snag a meal - by the tail.

Grabbed by the Tail

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Osprey letting neighbors know that this is his territory.

Claiming Territory

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Soaring Bald Eagle passes by the rising moon.

Moon Flyby

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This eagle seems quite pleased to be bringing such a large eel back to the nest to feed his young.

Bringin\’ Home the Bacon

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Bald Eagle lowers his talons transitioning from search to acquisition mode in preparation for his

Prey Spotted

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Bald Eagle soaring so high he is almost out of sight searching for prey below.

On the Hunt

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Bald Eagle, Talons extended, concentrating on the target as he prepares to pounce. Love the

Got \’Cha

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Osprey calling out to it's mate.... but no answer.

Where R U?

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Osprey find a housing shortage when they return in the spring so disputes over who owns the existing

Not on My Nest

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When the Osprey return in the spring, they get right to fishing. This one couldn't decide on a

Lunch on the Wing

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Moment of launch when Bald Eagle takes flight.

Takeoff

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After an afternoon of sitting on the nest, Mom gets a break to find some dinner from her favorite

Intently Looking for Movement

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Bald Eagle Flyby

Cruisin\’

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Bald Eagle takes off with a look of determination.

Determination

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Mom tears into the eel grass with enough power to blast the pile everywhere.

Adding to the Nest 2

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Mom tears into the eel grass with enough power to blast the pile everywhere.

Adding to the Nest 3

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Mom tears into the eel grass with enough power to blast the pile everywhere.

Adding to the Nest 4

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Bald Eagle Flyby - truly a majestic sight

Majestic

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"Flyby" Bald Eagle passes overhead on the way to one of it's favorite perches.

Bald Eagle Flyby

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Mom uses her fishing skills to grab nesting material on the run.

Adding to the Nest 1

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Common Tern couple just hangin' on a piling

Happy Couple

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Gulls settle in for the night as twilight leaves the Great South Bay.

Settling In

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Once bird chicks hatch it is non-stop feeding time. Chicks are constantly crying for food & then

Me!, Me!

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A Great White Egret gives us "the eye" while preening.

What are you looking at, big boy?

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A Great White Egret in full breeding plumage does his dance to hopefully attract a mate.

Great White Egret Mating Display

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A Tri-Colored Heron at a full run chasing down a meal. Wonder how they ever catch anything with all

The Chase

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Snowy Egret gets dunked during a pitched battle for dominance on the beach.

Getting Dunked

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"..Set,...Go!!" A Snowy & Reddish Egret race to get to a fish first.

..Set,…Go!

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"Heee Yaaah!" Snowy Egret attacks from above with a karate chop causing the other to come to a

Heee Yaaah!!!

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A Pink Flamingo grabs a little shut-eye

A Little Rest

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Common Tern couple just hangin' on a piling

What ’Cha Lookin At?

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Black Skimmer protecting his turf. Skimmer rookeries are pretty crowded so you have to protect your

Pursuit 2

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Black Skimmer protecting his turf. Skimmer rookeries are pretty crowded so you have to protect your

Pursuit

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Northern Cardinal Portrait. Always a striking bird.

Cardinal Portrait

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A group of Great White Egrets & a two guest Snowy Egrets chill toghether in the wetlands. Except

What Was That?

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A male Anhinga in full breeding plumage "shows off" to attract a mate.

Showin\\’ Off

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A male Anhinga in full breeding plumage "shows off" to attract a mate.

Showin’ Off 2

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A great blue heron cruising by showing it's breeding plumage. Truly a majestic creature in flight.

Great Blue Heron FlyBy

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Really? On My Head??

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Dear, I’m Home

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Preening

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The Nesting Dance

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Giving Me the Eye

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"Drying Out" An Anhinga spreads his wings to dry out after a swim.

Drying Out

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GBH Flyby

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Stalking

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Land on my head one more time and you’re next in my pouch.

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Brown Pelican Soaring

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And Furthermore…

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Just Chillin’

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All Dressed Up

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Spoonie Portrait

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Brown Pelican Flyover

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On the Nest

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Little Blue Portrait

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Scanning the Sky

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Nestbuilding

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I’m so Pretty

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Could you come back later? Have to do my hair.

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Reach for the Sky

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Nest Building Break

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Anhinga Display

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Tri-color Portrait

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Enjoying the Afternoon Sun

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What? Still No Takers?

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Egret Display

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Dipping a Wingtip

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Sigh, all that work for nothing

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Fluffing up for the Display

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Anyone Looking?

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Spoonie Headshot

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Tending the Nest

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Graceful Arch

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White Pelican Flight

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Spoonie Flyby

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Pelican Formation

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Spoonie Display

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All in Red

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Incoming Spoonie

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Damn bugs!

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What was that?

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Tri-Colored Heron Headshot

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Not Too Happy

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Dryin’ Out

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Hey, this is my spot!

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Fishin’ in the Mangrove

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Ran outta hair spray

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Skimming Low

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Ink A Dink A Do

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Dressing Up

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Nest Building

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Great White Egret Preening

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Lookin’ For Love

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Being Gross

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Low Pass

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Brown Pelican Portrait

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Flamingo Pair

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Rising to the Challenge

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Pelican Flight

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Sprucing Up

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Waking Up

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Pink Flamingo Portrait

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Gotta Scratch

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Stretching Out

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Flying Away

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Nesting Ahninga

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The Eyes Have It

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The Look

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Just Fishin’

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Stork vs Bee

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Hey! You’re in my light

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Missed!

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Uh Oh! Looks Pretty Dark Down There

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Don’t talk with your mouth full

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Nailed Landing

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Your attention please! Dinner is now being served

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Rising Like the Phoenix

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Kung Fu Dustup

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Hey! No Fair Choking

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Gathering

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Synchronized Fishing

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Always one to screw up “Nap Time”

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Last Dive

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On the Hunt

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Definitely Love

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What do you mean, “Get a Room?”

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On the Hunt 2

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On the Hunt 3

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Full House

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He Pushed Me!

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Mother & Child 2

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Mother & Child

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Hey, what about me?

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Fishing

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Gotcha!

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Great Egret Preening

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More, please!

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Ice Cruisin’

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On the Lookout

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Skimming

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Skimmin’

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Along for the Ride

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Gull Portrait

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Takeout

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Juvi Skimming

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Turf Wars 1

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Synchronized Skimming

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Turf Wars 3

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Hummer Treat

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Hummer “Raspberry”

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Skimmer Turf Wars II

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Gulls on a Stick

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Hummer Feeding 5

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Hey, A Little Help Here?

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This is ALL MINE!

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Hummer Feeding 1

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Defending his Territory

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Respite

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Over the Fence

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Here I come!

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Spoonie on approach

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Egret Pair Repose

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Roseate Display

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Egret Silhouettes

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Great White Egret Fishing

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Osprey Perch

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Skimming Pairs

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Hummingbird Feeding

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Great South Bay Sunset 3

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Follow the Leader

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Skimmer

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Egret Preening

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On three, column left!

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Aerial Ballet

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Egret Silhouette

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Whoa! Lunch!

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