A virtual surfing nirvana
Hard ocean swells for the past few weeks have left surfcasters dismayed but spelled pure joy for surfers, who are seeing the best waves of the year. Durell Godfrey

The fall fishing patterns, especially for striped bass, have been significantly altered
On a recent busman’s holiday on the Captain Ron, Capt. Michael Albronda of the charter boat Montauk landed a nice mahimahi on an offshore trip. Capt. Ron Onorato

The bandwagon is out to eliminate once and for all Cygnus olor from New York State waters
Dell Cullum

Almost anyone who been in close contact with an albino has experienced a Zen-like sense of wonderment
Alexandra Carr, a 13-year-old birdwatcher, was delighted to find an albino hummingbird at one of her family’s feeders in Amagansett earlier this month. Lisa Ann Carr

In Sag Harbor and points westward deep into Great Peconic Bay, the waters are teaming with small fish in the 5-to-10-inch range
Abigail Salzhauer landed this false albacore on Saturday on a fly. Capt. Ken Rafferty

At the clam-shucking contest at Harborfest in Sag Harbor last weekend
Peter Ambrose was the top shucker in the Harborfest clam-shucking contest on Sunday in Sag Harbor, besting The Star’s fishing columnist, among others. Terie Diat

State D.E.C. officers with some of the estimated 1,000-plus fluke and sea bass they seized after checking a party boat in Lake Montauk on Aug. 31. The fish were donated to charity, according to a D.E.C. spokeswoman. N.Y.S. Department of Environmental Conservation

The unofficial change of season earlier this week does bring about a number of noticeable observations on both land and sea here on the East End
Bennett Burki, 14, caught a 35-pound striped bass on the charter boat Hurry Up off Montauk on Monday. Peter Burki
Emilie McKenna kissed her freshly caught smooth dogfish before setting it free on Friday. Amie Rappoport

Of particular interest in the invertebrate world are the largest migratory insects of them all, the monarch butterflies
Monarch butterflies, which migrate along the Atlantic Coast in their greatest numbers starting in September, have been less numerous in recent years, but local observers have reported an uptick in sightings so far this year. Terry Sullivan

Harvey Bennett has never witnessed so much action tight to the ocean beach with sharks — mainly brown, thresher, and dusky sharks — as he has this summer
Mason Mannino, 10, of Sag Harbor held a weakfish he caught in Noyac Bay. Brian Corbett