Charles Island is located about half a mile out in Long Island Sound from
Milford, Connecticut. At low tide this 14 acre bird sanctuary is accessible
by foot along a very rocky tombolo. However birds are the priority here, and
are prohibited from the island from 5/26 through 9/9. For tide
information see the CT DEP Tide
These following pics, I make no apologies for, but this was my first
digital camera, a Sony Mavica limited to 640x480. Back then that was a
common full screen resolution however years later they seem 'tiny.' :)
Everything everywhere looks very different in the winter so I took a walk out to the island to take some pics. 35F and 30MPH steady
offshore wind but I was dressed properly and warm as toast. Saw two white tail deer in the interior of the island but wasn't quick enough
to grab a pic.
Lots of seagulls hanging
around. A few terns walking along the edge of the sandbar but they ran away very quickly when I came around.
The mainland shore looks a lot farther than a half mile away.
this is a very strange image. It was actually one of the first pics I took
in this series. Perhaps the digital camera was a little confused by the
bright light and was still adjusting the brightness. Quite unearthly.
View from the shoreline
towards the island at low tide.
halfway out to the island. The sandbar is more like a 'rockbar,' footing is
not very good.
Cattle Egret (Common Egret) on
the north shore of the island.
Canada Goose nesting on the
View back towards the
mainland. The sandbar is not S-shaped; the perspective of this shot causes that
View from the west end of Silver Beach.