Black Brant at Timber Point Country Club
I have yet to see this Pacific Coast subspecies and usually take the time to detail for them. Needless to say I was anxious to get back to Hecksher. I shot over right after the post but the Brant were gone and the rest of my day was filled with Easter plans. So as I was saying, I decided to check out Timber Point Country Club this evening while on my way home from work. I know Timber is a "honey hole" for Brant as I rarely fail to find them during their wintering months on Long Island. That Black Brant must have traveled here from nearby Hecksher. I pulled in around 5:15 and noted a fairly sizable flock of Brant, estimated at about 800, feeding behind the main building. "Here we go!"
I posted up patiently and watched as the flock shuffled and foraged on the open grass. They were feeding tightly, as Brant normally do, so detailing is not always that easy. Every now and then they would synchronously pop their heads up and check me out. I picked one out with a thicker, more complete white collar that looked really good. Eventually, the Black Brant came into view. Pardon the shaky images. These iPhone digiscope images were taken in high wind from quite a distance with my Meopix adapter and Meostar S2 Scope. The lighting had darkened considerably and conditions were not ideal for photographs. Regardless, I managed some decent record shots. Note the nearly complete white collar that wraps around the neck, black apron that extends past legs, bright white upper tail coverts and slightly darker above than the Pale-bellied (Atlantic) Brant. It was fairly easy to pick out this bird among the more common Pale-bellied but I must say it is a chore, especially when they are feeding so tightly.
|Black Brant at Timber Point C.C. in Great River, 4/1/13 - distant iScope image with Meopix Adapter and Meostar S2|
|Black Brant iScoped with Meostar S2 Spotting Scope and Meopix Adapter at Timber|
Point Country Club in Great River, NY on 4/2/13. Classic frontal view of black apron.