Outdoors

Tropical Storm Leslie had been inching north and east, hovering around Bermuda for days
Clean lines of surf generated by Tropical Storm Leslie made for perfect conditions during Sunday's Espo's summer classic surfing competition at Ditch Plain, Montauk, on Sunday Morgan McGivern

Montauk had just about every kind of habitat found elsewhere on Long Island with the exception of pine barrens
In late summer Montauk grasslands were once pink with a thick covering of sandplain gerardia blooms. Now the plant is federally endangered. Vicki Bustamante

“The fish have moved back to Montauk”
Butch Maher, left, first mate on the charter boat Blue Fin IV, showed off the 25-pound cod caught by the angler Robert Macbarb of East Hampton on Sunday. Capt. Michael Potts

They comprise a colorful crazy quilt when photographed from the air
The Napeague isthmus contains examples of several of the South Fork’s varied habitats, including pitch pine forest, cranberry bogs, dune plains where thick carpets of beach heather and bearberry grow, and the dramatic Walking Dunes. Carrie Ann Salvi

Capt. Ken Rafferty reported that his first albie catch of the season occurred on Monday
Michael Salzhauer presented the false albacore he caught on a fly near Little Gull Island on Monday. Capt. Ken Rafferty

“If you put up chairs and umbrellas on the beach, you can’t keep people out of the water even if there are signs that prohibit swimming”

Most of the birds are out foraging for insects, fruit, seeds, and the like away from residential areas

Dogfish as well as a small thresher shark, big porgies, trigger fish, dolphins have been feeding close to shore on the schools of squid in the area
Emma Zuccotti, center, wrestled this monster bluefish out of Gardiner’s Bay over the weekend. Andy Zuccotti

By Matthew Sprung
This newly discovered glass frog species is electric green with partially translucent skin, yellow spots, and a yellow underbelly. Alessandro Catenazzi
I came to know of this wonderful little creature by serendipity