Outdoors

I covered 65 miles of back roads between 8:30 and midnight without hearing so much as a single whip or chuck

A disturbing trend, and something to watch
Andrew Mark, 7, landed his first fish — a striped bass — on a spinning road he had just learned to use. Capt. Ken Rafferty
Allan Weisbecker and his dog, Gus, are hitting the road in a new R.V.; he’ll document his travels on Banditobooks.com.
It doesn’t get much better than this surf session a Montauk crew experienced during a recent trip to northwestern Nicaragua. Pictures from the trip, along with work by other photographers, will be shown at the Atlantic Terrace in Montauk on Saturday. Justin Burkle

Almost all wild flora and fauna live today as they did thousands of years ago according to their respective circadian rhythms.
Strictly for the birds: A piping plover chick huddles near an unhatched egg.
At Two Mile Hollow Beach in East Hampton a family of deer watched on June 11 as a seagull attempted to snatch an osprey’s just-caught meal.
At the Nature Trail in East Hampton a mother mallard kept watch over her ducklings.Dell Cullum Photos

Schleifer’s sharp eyes espied some nervous water just off the Ditch Plain jetty
This beautiful weakfish was caught during an outing on the Moon Pie guided by Harvey Bennett of the Tackle Shop in Amagansett. On board were the light-tackle anglers James Hudgins, J.P. Harrell, and Oliver Saul, who caught it. Harvey Bennett
A mako shark appeared to be overseeing its dressing during the first shark tournament of the season held from the Star Island Yacht Club on Friday and Saturday. Russell Drumm

No matter how well we think we are prepared, there will be hell to pay

God help us
Capt. Ken Rafferty displayed a hefty bluefish angled from Gardiner’s Bay last week by a proud-looking Gretchen Mannix. John Mannix

Now is the time to begin looking for them, photographing them, but not picking them
Among the South Fork’s very rare orchids is the dragon’s-mouth orchid, Arethusa bulbosa, which grows in the peaty top of Montauk’s ocean bluffs. Victoria Bustamante

The stripers were indeed large, perhaps the same body of fish witnessed around North Haven’s South Ferry slip last week
Of the larger stripers caught in local waters over the weekend, Mike McDermott’s was king, weighing in 54.12 pounds. Mike Cappola

A very big fish indeed
Even for an experienced local fisherman, seeing carp in the 10-pound range in East Hampton’s Hook Pond last week was a surprise. Terry Sullivan

The bay was full of bottlefish, a k a blowtoads, blowfish, or puffers
A bucket of big fluke proved the success of the Lazy Bones party boat’s afternoon trip on Monday. Russell Drumm