"The Great South Bay habitat complex is that segment of the barrier beach and backbarrier lagoon on the south shore of Long Island, east of South Oyster Bay and west of Moriches Bay, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of New York City."
Here is a very interesting document about the wildlife that lives where we sail. It's tough reading because of the very wide margins, but there is some pretty interesting information in there about the physical composition of our beloved bay, er, uh, lagoon. And some details about our fellow Bay citizens: "The most abundant raptors counted, in declining order of abundance, are American kestrel, merlin, sharp-shinned hawk, northern harrier, osprey, peregrine falcon, and Cooper's hawk."
We're not completely sure, but we think this is an osprey. I have never seen one out of its nest, so this is a pretty cool find. I had the presence of mind to get a picture as soon as we saw it, but I wish I had the sense to circle back for a better shot. All we have here is head and shoulders. There are a bunch of osprey nests along the state boat channel; they look like telephone poles with platforms/stages on them, and on the platforms are big osprey nests. The ospreys always seem to be home, watching some SportsCenter I guess (checking the scores for the Falcons or Eagles?), so seeing one of them looking for some lunch is pretty awesome. We took these pictures on 11 October.