STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Photography is a skill that many people have taken up or improved upon during their time in quarantine. Some Life-Wire News reporters have also taken this opportunity to hone their photography skills by taking pictures in the outdoors.
Recently, some community groups from Lifestyles for the Disabled have been spending time at Clove Lakes Park, Willowbrook Park, and Mount Loretto, where there has been ample opportunity to photograph different wildlife.
At Clove Lakes, there are plenty of ducks, mallards and geese to see. Sometimes, they even get close to each other. They can be seen swimming in the lake or walking on the grass. It’s not a good idea to feed them bread, though. Their main diets consist of grass and other underwater plants and organisms.
Another common sight in local parks are fountains in lakes. Usually, its purpose is to regulate the water to cut down the number of invasive water organisms, like algae.
You don’t always need to go to a park to see wildlife, though. There is a growing deer population on Staten Island, especially around woodland areas. In fact, deer make frequent visits to Lifestyles’ Willowbrook Campus.
With the weather getting warmer soon, a trip to the park (or even your backyard) can provide fresh air and a change of scenery. You might even get to see a few ducks wandering around.
(Written collaboratively by Aaron Bialer, Anthony DiCostanzo, and Eric Schwacke for Life-Wire News Service with Brigid Fegeley)