Dog-faced Water Snake (Cerberus rynchops)

Also known as the “New Guinea Bockadam”  the dog-faced water snake is a species of Homalopsine colubrid snake that is found in coastal waters around Asia and Australia. Dog-faced water snakes typically inhabit mangrove forests, steams, ponds, tidal pools and mudflats. C. rynchops is mildly venomous and feeds mainly on a wide variety of fish.


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Images: Mark O’Shea and Kingshuk Mondal

Black Skimmer - JJ Audubon (1861). Collection of the Brooklyn Museum. 

Was looking for Catsbey’s version, but it seems none of his work is freely available online.  Can someone get on that?

While I didn’t get to see the Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus) that had been hanging out at Cape May, NJ all last week, I did get a glut of year birds. While I wrote about seeing a few of them, I have included the full list below.

Year Birds (9/21/14)

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)
Northern Shoveler (A. clypeata)

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)

Little Blue Heron (E. caerulea)

Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) (Lifer)

Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)

Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)