The refuge is noted for in the late fall and early winter as a gathering spot for snow geese, which is how I first learnt about the refuge about 30 years ago, when I would traveled down to photograph the geese rising out of the pools just as the sun rose.
In the spring Bombay Hook is a resting spot for migrating shorebirds and neotropical species. It is definitely worth a trip down to visit it. It is a stop on the Delaware birding trail.
On three of the trails there are observation towers present.
I usually do the majority of my photography from inside my car, utilizing the puffin pad (http://photobee1.blogspot.com/2011/04/puffin-pad-review.html) to support my long lens. I utilize a puffin pad on both of my front windows, so that I can photograph either on the right side of left side of the car. I will usually make two trips around the refuge starting at sunrise in the morning and finish up with at least two trips in the afternoon. This helps with Sun angles and with the changing species that are present, especially during migration.
|Great Egret in the wind late afternoon|
|Immature Bald Eagle with Fish|
The fun of the trips is that each one is different and you never know what you are going to find. On one of the afternoon trips I came around a corner, and in the road were a vixen and four pups. Because of where the foxes were located, I had to take pictures through the front window of my car and only obtained a picture from memory's sake.
There were many species of shorebirds present, mainly dunlins and black-necked stilts with a few yellowlegs present. Last year, I was here a week earlier and the main species of shorebirds that were present were yellowlegs with only a few black-necked stilts. A good number of different species of peeps were present.
On my first trip, the last morning prior to leaving, there were a large group of Avocets that came in during the night. This was my first sighting of the Avocets at Bombay Hook but also my first sighting of them in the Northeast.
There are a number of foxes at Bombay Hook and when you start down the Tour Route there is a warning sign.