Gannets galore: Shelter Island snap shots

DON BINDLER PHOTO These magnificent sea birds have been seen in large numbers flocking over Shelter Island.

DON BINDLER PHOTO These magnificent sea birds have been seen in large numbers flocking over Shelter Island.

Our friend, photographer  Don Don Bindler wrote:  “Islanders who follow the comings and going of wildlife have been struck by the unprecedented number of northern gannets in our bays for the past several weeks.

“These beautiful tern-like birds work their way north each spring as they follow the runs of bunkers and herring.

DON BINDLER PHOTO

DON BINDLER PHOTO

“Last Thursday, April 14, I watched an amazing display of gannets off Reel Point. For almost an hour flocks passed in a steady stream. During that time I’d estimate several thousand flew by.”

See the Reporter’s coverage of the phenomenon in this week’s print edition available Thursday.

DON BINDLER

DON BINDLER