'Black Brant' #3 from Long Island, New York


Brant #3 Point Lookout, Nassau County, New York. Although the lighting conditions were somewhat different, this bird photographed a few hours after Brant # 1 and #2, seemed darker overall with less contrast between black and brown feathering. The collar was expecially prominent.


The (i) extensive collar, (ii) liminted contrast between neck and breast, (iii) projection of black apron past legs onto the vent and (iv) overall blackish tone to scapulars seem typical for a true Black Brant.



2 Jan 2003 - ADDITIONAL REFERENCE MATERIAL
For comparison, I include some photos of Black Brant taken at a traditional wintering site in Central California. Note that although the same camera/scope set up was used, the sunlights was much stronger and redder in CA compare to NY. Birds with equivalent contrast between neck sock and breast were very common and many showed less complete neck collar than the Point Lookout bird. These comparisons support the contention that the NY bird is well within the normal range of Black Brant.







Click here to view 'Black Brant' #1.
Click here to view 'Black Brant' #2.
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Click here to view a prior 'Black Brant' from nearby Floyd Bennet Field (28 Mar 1999)
Click here to view a prior 'Black Brant' from Riis Park (31 Jan 1999)
Click here to view a prior 'Black Brant' from nearby Jamaica Bay (19 May 2001)


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